The Isle of Man under-18s FA County Youth Cup campaign fell at the first hurdle on Saturday afternoon as they were beaten 1-6 by Cumberland at the Bowl.
The Manx made the perfect start to the first round tie, Union Mills’ talented teen Joey Morling slotting home club-mate Ronan McDonnell’s exquisite through ball after just two minutes.
Cumberland drew level 12 minutes later when disaster struck the island defence - Laxey defender Tom Smith heading past his own keeper Toby Hedges.
The visitors then got their noses in front when Josh Charlton headed in despite the best efforts of Tom Jarvis to stop the ball on the line with his hand!
A two further goals went the way of the Cumbrians before the half-time break, Jamie Hope converting Aaron Kelly’s corner before big number nine Callum Birdsall bagged his first of the match.
The introduction of Laxey man mountain Rob McCowliff at the interval added some much-needed physical presence to the young island side, but the Fred Conway’s more experienced away team still managed to strike two further goals in the second half.
Birdsall netted completed his brace midway through the period before sub Jon Murray’s neat finish after a determined run down the left made it six inside the final 10 minutes.
Full report in Monday’s Examiner.