The 2015-16 Manx football season swung into life on Saturday afternoon with several high-scoring games across all four divisions.
Reigning Canada Life Premier League champions and Grand Slam winners St George’s got their title defence off to a winning start with a 3-0 victory over Rushen United at Croit Lowey.
The Spaniards frustrated their opponents for large periods of the game but three second-half goals from Johnny Myers, Ciaran McNulty and Calum Morrissey sealed the points.
Peel are expected to challenge for the league title once again - after going so close to glory last season - and launched their campaign in high-scoring fashion with a 9-2 win at Ramsey.
Last season’s golden boot winner Josh Kelly was the star of the show as he helped himself to no fewer than five goals and was joined on the scoresheet by Ashley Webster who grabbed a hat-trick while Lee Gale also struck.
DHSOB were made to work hard for the points by newly-promoted Marown who went down fighting by a 4-2 scoreline at the Memorial Playing Fields, while the other top flight newcomers RYCOB held St John’s to a 2-2 draw at Mullen-e-Cloie.
Elsewhere, Stephen Glover inspired St Mary’s to a 5-2 victory at Ayre United thanks to a well-taken hat-trick just days after signing for the Saints again, while Laxey came from behind to secure a dramatic last-gasp 2-1 victory over Corinthians thanks to Matty Kent-Lloyd’s late strike.
Seen by many as favourites for the JCK Division Two title, Douglas Athletic kicked off their season with a 4-0 win at home to near-neighbours Pulrose United thanks largely to a Connor Dowell hat-trick.
They weren’t the biggest winners of the day in the division though, as Colby romped to a 6-0 victory over Douglas and District at the Station Fields inspired by a Jim Collett hat-trick.
Managerless Douglas Royal secured a 3-0 triumph against Foxdale at Ballafletcher courtesy of goals from Sean Trayler, James Halliday and previous manager Gavin Gawne.
The big battle of the day was in Tromode where Gymns and Castletown played out a hard-fought 2-2 draw. Ashley Sansbury opened the scoring for the southerners and was joined on the scoresheet by Paddy Cooper but a Nick Bowden brace secured a share of the spoils for the hosts.
Another close game was contested at Clagh Vane where visitors Braddan edged a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Ben O’Neil and veteran Geoff Murphy, but the result of the day was recorded by Governor’s Athletic who only narrowly succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of relegated Michael United.
Saturday, August 16
Canada Life Premier League
St John’s Utd 2-2 RYCOB
Laxey 2-1 Corinthians
Ayre Utd 2-5 St Mary’s
Ramsey 2-9 Peel
Marown 2-4 DHSOB
Rushen Utd 0-3 St George’s
JCK Division Two
Michael Utd 2-1 Governor’s Athletic
Douglas Royal 3-0 Foxdale
Gymns 2-2 Castletown
Colby 6-0 Douglas & District
Douglas Athletic 4-0 Pulrose Utd
Malew 0-2 Braddan
Canada Life Combination One
Corinthians 2-4 Laxey
DHSOB 3-0 Marown
Peel 12-0 Ramsey
RYCOB 1-2 St John’s Utd
St George’s 2-2 Rushen United
St Mary’s 6-0 Ayre United
JCK Combination Two
Braddan 3-2 Malew
Castletown 0-3 Gymnasium
Douglas & District 2-1 Colby
Foxdale 1-5 Douglas Royal
Governor’s Athletic 1-7 Michael United
Pulrose United 1-11 Douglas Athletic