THE Isle of Man men’s football team hit the Falkland Islands for six in their second group game held at the Rookley FC ground on Monday evening.
Manager Kevin Manning rang the changes from the side that had beaten Gotland the day before and, following a lively start, the Manx side took a deserved lead on ninne minutes when Danny Bell showed some excellent skill before producing a blistering finish.
Just 10 minutes later it was 2-0 when skipper Sean Quaye rose highest to firmly head home a well-delivered Chris Bass corner. Within minutes, it was three when the busy Calum Morrissey set-up Lee Gale who created a yard of space for himself before firing the ball past the stranded Falklands keeper.
After a lull, Manning’s team got back on track scoring a further two goals before the interval. The first came once again from the boot of Gale as he produced another clever finish from a well-judged through-ball from the impressive Quaye.
On the stroke of half-time, Bass produced a dazzling run which resulted in the perfect cross for Morrissey to touch home the fifth.
The Manx side looked far from convincing after the interval and only rarely troubled opposition keeper Ben Hoyles. The South Atlantic team, in fact, created a number of half chances and were unfortunate not to pull a goal back before Frank Jones produced an excellent cross for his Geordies’ team-mate Ciaran McNulty to round off the scoring late in the game.
IoM team v Falklands: Mark Blair, Marc Kelly, Sean Quaye (Adam Cregeen 46m), Michael Baker, James McStay, Neil Brogan, Danny Bell, Chris Bass Jnr (Ciaran McNulty 74m), Lee Gale, Frank Jones, Calum Morrissey (Sam Caine 53m)