New football season kicks off

Jack Saxon goes on the attack for Rushen United versus St George's at Croit Lowey on Saturday afternoon (Photo: Dave Norton)

Jack Saxon goes on the attack for Rushen United versus St George's at Croit Lowey on Saturday afternoon (Photo: Dave Norton)

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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

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