Ronaldsway land their first win of the season
THE Rockets of Ronaldsway finally had lift-off on Saturday when they beat southern rivals Malew 1-5 at Clagh Vane to record their first win of the JCK Division Two campaign.
With the recent wet weather, the pitch was soft and resembled a marsh, meaning the quality of football resembled a kick about more than a league encounter.
The constant launching of route one balls high in the air and the dearth of midfield creativity shouldn’t detract from what was three deserved points for the visitors.
Prior to kick-off Malew would have felt confident of claiming the three points after scaling the dizzy heights of mid-table with some impressive performances in recent weeks. However, it wasn’t to be as Ronaldsway savoured victory at the final whistle.
Superbly officiated by referee Stuart Kneen, both teams were keen to make a telling impression from the off. Jamie Heaney (Ronaldsway) and Craig Howard (Malew) traded efforts just wide of the target within the opening few minutes.
Although the hosts had the upper hand, two goals in the 21st minute started to pave the way for a visiting victory.
Crawley forced the counter, his pass was collected by Dave Kelly who ventured unopposed from the right and guided his effort home at the near post.
Hardly a minute had elapsed and thanks to some calamitous defending from Malew, Crawley nipped in to thrust home a second.
Malew looked for a response and top scorer Howard looked certain to score only to see his effort cleared off the line by Jamie Turton.
More distatrous defending from the hosts gifted the Rockets a third when Crawley pushed a diagonal through-ball which should have been easily dealt with by the Ballasalla side’s defence and goalkeeper. Instead it was collected by Heaney to roll the ball into an empty net.
Ronaldsway must have been pinching themselves seconds before the half-time whistle when they bagging a fourth.
Simon Lee’s cross-field pass released Crawley on the right he homed in towards goal before tucking his effort past shot-stopper George Harker to complete an impressive first-half performance.
The Rockets were in full-flight in the second half, netting a fifth when they were award a penalty.
Crawley easily dispatched the spot-kick to complete his hat-trick.
Malew did have something to cheer about midway through the second half.
Howard latched onto a long ball forward, poking his effort into the visiting net.
This sparked another good spell for the hosts but decisive finishing deserted them with Daniel Thirwell, Mike Carey and Adam Drewett all shooting off target, the latter also hit the framework with a long-range strike.
Crawley also found the net only to be ruled out for offside before being flummoxed a one-against-one situation with Malew net-minder Harker.
However, it was Tony Slinger’s side that sampled the delights of victory after the final whistle.
Malew: George Harker, Daniel Thirwell, Andy Barlow, Jan Mahon, Mike McKenna, Adam Drewett, Callum Alexander (Wes Omar 46m), Rob Bell, Marc Corrin (Kevin Sutton 55m), Craig Howard, David Byrne (Mike Carey 60m)
Ronaldsway: Will Gavin, Martyn Whitehouse, Paul Gavin, Jamie Turton, Nay Whitehouse, Luke Turtle, Simon Lee, Marty Hall, (Cameron Omar 65m), Liam Crawley (Jimmy Hilton 85m), Paul Kelly, Jamie Heaney (Dan Kinley 76m)
Referee: Stuart Kneen
Bookings: Mahon, Drewett, Howard (Malew)
Man of the match: Crawley (Ronaldsway)
Match rating: HHHHH
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