Laxey aim to bounce back against Ramsey
LAXEY will aim to put last week’s heavy defeat at the hands of St George’s behind them on Saturday when they travel north to take on Ramsey at Ballacloan.
The first top-flight meeting between these two of the season was always going to by eagerly anticipated by both sides with several of the Miners’ likely line-up having turned out for the weekend’s hosts at one time or another.
The fixture will now have even more added significance for a Glen Road side eager to put behind them last week’s mauling and demonstrate they are still a force to be reckoned with in this year’s Canada Life Premier League title race.
Reigning IoMFA Player of the Year Ashley Webster is still away on holiday, but former Ramsey team-mates Andy Perry and Paul Rowley look set to return against their old club after missing the St George’s game.
John Callow could also be pushing for a place in the starting XI after emerging from the bench last week, while former RYCOB attacker Shaun Kelly should keep his place after impressing up front against the champions.
Ramsey battled hard against Corinthians last time out only to be sunk by a late Blane Slattery goal.
However, one point from their opening six matches tells its own story and Brian Carney’s men will need some top performances from Bulgarian keeper Kirl Velev and former Laxey striker Michael Fernandes if they are to avoid a Miners’ backlash.
Elsewhere St John’s Railway Cup credentials will face a tough examination when a Rushen side just one point below them in the table visits Mullen-e-Cloie.
Nick Hurt’s Johnners have only lost once so far this season and were just 12 minutes away from claiming all three points from Peel last weekend.
Rushen too have impressed in recent weeks and they were unlucky not to beat St Mary’s last weekend. This one could go either way.
Union Mills will be hoping to make it four wins in a row on Saturday when they travel to St Mary’s.
Sam Kenny’s Saints have stuttered a little in recent weeks after making a good start to the season and will have to be at the top of their game to take all three points off their buoyant opponents.
At Tromode, Gymns go in search of a first win of the season against DHSOB.
Old Boys have been inconsistent thus far, but should just edge the spoils in this one against Ken Hedley’s battlers.
Finally relegation candidates Marown and Castletown could face long afternoons as they host Corinthians and third-place Peel respectively.
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