THE first score-draws in this season’s Canada Life Premier League occurred on Wednesday evening with Ramsey drawing 2-2 against St George’s at Ballacloan.
It was a dream start for the hosts with 11 minutes played when Jamie Moffatt latched onto a poor back-pass before dispatching his effort past goalkeeper Grant Dawson for the northerners’ opener.
The hosts had to weather a Geordies storm but they managed to prevent the visitors from finding a way through until the interval. However, the reigning top flight champions got their equaliser on 55 minutes following a move along their left flank, Ciaran McNulty squared it across goal for Calum Morrissey to guide his effort into the bottom corner.
St George’s took the lead for the first time four minutes later following McNulty’s corner, Morrissey smashing his effort into the top right. But Ramsey kept battling on and got their reward in the 85th minute. Following a corner-kick, the Geordies’ clearance hit Chris Bass Jr’s arm and referee Willie Cowley blew for a penalty. Moffitt showed ice-cool nerves tucking his effort past Dawson for a deserved equaliser. It was a tense finale for the Ramsey supporters but their side held on and got a deserved point.
The other score-draw was at the southern derby involving Castletown and Rushen United which also finished 2-2 and witnessed three players being sent off.
Jack Saxon got the visitors off to a good start with an early goal but Town hit back in style, taking the lead through goals from Steven Whitely and a Mike Edge penalty. However, the southern bragging rights were shared as Aaron Hawley netted a dramatic late equaliser for the Spaniards. The latter ended with just nine men after Furo Davies and Saxon were sent off. Brett Allcote saw red for Town.
A Louis Thornton penalty after just five minutes helped Corinthians collect all three points in a closely-contested thriller at Lezayre Road. Despite occupying the bottom place in the Canada Life Premier League, Ramsey Youth Centre produced some attractive football during the opening half, prompted from midfield by impressive skipper Tony Corlett.
After the break, though, Whites’ striker Jamie Stoy had several opportunities to increase the visitors’ lead, only to miss the target. Late on Corinthians talented keeper Joe Kelly was forced into a superb point-blank save to deny Shaun Kelly a dramatic equaliser which would have given the RYCOB their first point of the season.
Man of the match honours went to the visitors’ Cameron Lee who stood out at the heart of the Corinthians back four.
Elsewhere, two Danny Bell penalties earned Peel a 2-0 victory over newly-promoted St John’s at Douglas Road. The attacking midfielder netted from the spot in each half to secure the points.
Referee Tony McMeiken also booked seven players as well as sending off Andy Glover for the visitors in the second half.
DHSOB maintained their perfect start to the season with an emphatic 6-0 hammering of Ayre United at Blackberry Lane. Callum Stewart led the way for the hosts with a hat-trick while there were further goals for Mark Burman, Sean Gavin and David Quirk.
Another side who have impressed during the opening games of the season is St Mary’s who defeated Laxey 3-1 at Springifeld Road. The Miners had the better of the opening half but golden boot contender Steven Priestnal was again amongst the goals for the Saints with a brace to add to Dave Skillen’s strike after Ashley Webster had netted for the visitors.