Rushen United held off a second-half Laxey comeback to win the Kirby Estates Cowell Cup at the Bowl on Monday evening.
In thundery conditions at the national stadium, the Spaniards upset the odds and took the lead in the 24th minute when man-of-the-match Haydn McLarney seized on a defensive lapse to slot home the opening goal.
And the southerners doubled their advantage just seven minutes later when McLarney turned provider, combining with Jake Kelly on the left flank to deliver a cross to Ryan Crawley who fired the ball in at the back post.
The Rushen faithful were in dreamland just four minutes later when they increased their lead further to seemingly put the tie beyond Laxey’s reach. There seemed little danger when a deep free-kick was swung into the box but goalkeeper Ben Fox-Hulme could only parry the ball straight into the path of McLarney who poked home from close range to give his side a three-goal cushion at the break.
Laxey, however, were a side transformed after half-time and immediately reduced the arrears when Tom Jarvis reacted quickest to a cross and slotted the ball home for 3-1.
Dave Corlett and Darryl Haslett’s charges then reduced the deficit even further just three minutes later following a quick counter-attack when Sam Gelling delivered a teasing ball into the six-yard box where Matthew Kent-LLoyd was on hand to turn it into the net.
However, despite having the momentum and applying plenty of pressure, the Miners were unable to find an equaliser and Rushen held on to claim the trophy 10 years after they last won it.
Full report and photos in Thursday’s Manx Independent.