Peel take on St George’s and Laxey face St Mary’s in semi-final ties
TWO tantalising Paddy Power FA Cup semi-finals top this weekend’s Manx football bill.
The fun kicks off on Friday evening with Peel taking on Grand Slam-chasing St George’s under the floodlights of Mullen-e-Cloie.
Building work at Douglas Road has forced the westerners to temporarily set up camp at their near neighbours St John’s.
Rick Holden’s charges showed no signs of travel sickness on Saturday as they cruised past Ramsey 6-2 in the pair’s quarter-final tie.
Geordies were also in fine fettle at the weekend inflicting what is believed to be a record 0-16 home defeat on Castletown.
Holden looks likely to stick with the same starting XI he selected for the Ramsey triumph and will be hoping four-goal man Lee Gale continues his purple patch in front of goal.
St George’s also look likely to be at near full strength with only Johnny Myers doubtful with a knee injury. Mark Teare looks set to deputise if the island international isn’t fit.
With confidence high in the Peel camp, the westerners should run St George’s close, but the free-scoring visitors should have enough in their attacking arsenal to take advantage of an at times leaky Peel defence.
The other semi takes place on Saturday afternoon at Glen Road, where Laxey will host St Mary’s.
The Miners will be eager to put behind them the dramatic scenes of last weekend’s fractious league encounter with St John’s and repeat their recent 1-2 win at the Bowl.
Steve Falconer’s men should be at near-full strength for this one with only long-term absentee Danny Foulis and Sam Theobald set to miss out.
With the Saints a potent attacking unit this one could go either way and may even require extra time and penalties to determine who goes forth to Easter Monday’s final at the Bowl.