St George’s beat St Mary’s 2-1 in Premier League

St George's beat St Mary's 2-1 at the Bowl in the Canada Life Premier League's big game on Saturday

St George's beat St Mary's 2-1 at the Bowl in the Canada Life Premier League's big game on Saturday

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St George’s ground out a 2-1 win over Canada Life Premier League rivals St Mary’s on Saturday to stay astride the fledgling top-flight standings.

It was a bit of a smash and grab from the reigning champions, who for large parts of the encounter at the Bowl were hemmed in their own half by Sam Kenny’s hosts.

St Mary’s old boy Tom Weir struck in the sixth minute to give his new side the early initiative against his former club. The Saints, however, recovered and were soon heaping pressure on the away goal as they looked for a way back into the fixture. This eventually came midway through a scrappy second half when skipper Dominic McGreevey nodded in a corner.

St Mary’s continued to pile forward and looked the game’s likely winners, but crucially couldn’t find a way past Grant Dawson in the Geordies’ goal. This profligacy came back to bite them in the 88th minute, when Ciaran McNulty lashed home Frank Jones’s knock down from a Chris Bass Jr corner to maintain the Glencrutchery Road outfit’s 100 per cent start to the campaign.

Full report in Monday’s Examiner.

Elsewhere Rushen beat Laxey 1-0 thanks to late goal from Jack Saxon, while St John’s maintained their 100 per cent start with a 3-1 win over DHSOB. The temporarily home from America Ant Moore, Craig Dolman and John Wrigley were on target for the Saints, sub Liam Buckley grabbing Old Boys’ consolations.

Peel racked up a 4-0 win at Ramsey - Liam Harrison, Daniel Bell, Alex Holden and Lee Gale finding the back of the net for the westerners.

Fellow westerners Michael United claimed their first win on their return to the top flight thanks to goals from Antony Corkill and skipper Kevin Pulman.

Castletown remain bottom after they lost 3-2 to Union Mills at the Stadium. Jamie Johnston, Matty Cain and Joey Morling ensured the Millers returned to Garey Mooar with the three points. Darren Flanagan and Ash Sansbury grabbed Town’s two goals.

In JCK Division Two, Braddan and Gymns drew 2-2 in the second tier’s big match. Michael Shimmin and Ron Smith were on target for the Swans, Mikey Booth grabbing both goals for the promotion favourites from Tromode.

Ayre and Colby also shared the points in a 1-1 draw, while Douglas Athletic claimed a good 3-1 win over Marown. Malew’s fine early season form continued with a 4-2 win at Foxdale, while Douglas Royal beat Ronaldsway 5-0 thanks to goals from silver boot holder Paul Whitley (2), Simon Dooley, Ryan Kelly and Chris Anderson.

Saturday, August 31

(2.30pm KO)

Canada Life Premier League

Ramsey 0-4 Peel

Michael United 2-0 RYCOB

Castletown 2-3 Union Mills

Rushen United 1-0 Laxey

St Mary’s 1-2 St George’s

St John’s United 3-1 DHSOB

JCK Division Two

Malew 4-2 Foxdale

Ayre United 1-1 Colby

Douglas Athletic 3-1 Marown

Pulrose United P-P Douglas and District

Braddan 2-2 Gymns

Douglas Royal 5-0 Ronaldsway

Canada Life Combination One

Peel 11-2 Ramsey

RYCOB 0-2 Michael Utd

Union Mills P-P Castletown

Laxey 1-1 Rushen Utd

St George’s 2-4 St Mary’s

DHSOB 3-4 St John’s Utd

JCK Combination Two

Foxdale 2-10 Malew

Colby 1-3 Ayre Utd

Marown 2-2 Douglas Athletic

Douglas and District P-P Pulrose Utd

Gymns 0-2 Braddan

Ronaldsway L-L Douglas Royal

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