Manx Football Blog 4: Phil Taylor’s not the only one that can hit trebles

POOR MAN'S STE PRIESTNAL: St Mary's striker Steven Priestnal has hit more trebles than Phil Taylor so far this season Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

POOR MAN'S STE PRIESTNAL: St Mary's striker Steven Priestnal has hit more trebles than Phil Taylor so far this season Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

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Hat-trick and touchline heroes feature prominently in this week’s MFB...

INTERSPORT must have been rubbing their hands with glee and preparing to display their best match balls after seeing the weekend’s football results in Monday’s Examiner.

Philip Simpson and Jade Thomas

Philip Simpson and Jade Thomas

No less than nine hat-tricks were scored over the four divisions last Saturday sparking a shortage of balls among the Manx football community. The remarkable goalscoring trend continued on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with another five players hitting at least three goals as this season sustains its prolific start.

With the island’s footballers showing a bigger penchant for trebles than Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor it’s no wonder the MFB has seen on average of nine goals at the three games it’s covered this season.

Last weekend I was pitch side at Corinthians v St Mary’s where another nine goals flew in as the Saints came from behind to beat the Whites 2-7.

A nine-goal ‘thriller’ didn’t look on the cards in the early stage of the encounter as Johnny McDowell and Steve Burns’s young charges took a deserved two-goal lead.

Then, however, the man with the golden shot, Steven Priesntal, came to the party firing the Saints into the lead with an impressive five-goal haul.

The fixture underlined the potential and the frailties that the Whites currently posses. Their enthusiasm and energy in the opening 20 was a sight to behold as they nullified a good Saints side. However, when Priestnal embarked on his goal trail, the early Whites’ confidence ebbed away in emphatic fashion.

A couple of experienced heads might need to be reinstated into the youthful and undoubtedly talented Corinthians’ line-up if they are to turn this potential into something more palpable than pre-season hype.

Peter Langridge’s Saints deserve credit for the start they’ve made to the new campaign. With midfielder Liam Cowin following the path trodden by Frank Jones to St George’s, many thought the soon to be Bowl side would struggle to match their top-four heroics of the past. However, new singings Chris Anderson, Dave Skillen and Richard Sharman have all slotted into the line-up well, while the aforementioned Priesntal has made his traditional blazing start to the season. If all stay fit, the Saints could be a good outside bet for one of the campaign’s cup competitions.

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What a pair

Right I’ve kept you in suspense long enough. I bet you’re all wondering what the attached picture is about. Those of you who have been to Peel FC’s Douglas Road will have probably encountered Philip Simpson who is pictured above with Isle of Man Newspapers’ very own aspiring model Jade Thomas.

Jade was doing a shoot in the Sunset City last weekend when she bumped into local celebrity Philip and posed with the Peel uber fan. I don’t know who enjoyed having their picture taken the most…

If you have had your picture taken with a Manx football celebrity send it in to manxfootballblog@newsiom.co.im

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Right that’s it for this week’s codswallop. Remember you can now follow the MFB on Twitter @manxfootyblog to be kept up to date with the very latest from the ever-whirling world of Manx football. (Example Tweet: Blog’s tune of the day - Cliff Richard ‘Wired For Sound’)

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