St George’s break defensive records

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Laxey brought the curtain down on their season with a with a highly satisfying 5-3 win over NK Construction Hospital Cup semi-finalists Peel at Glen Road on Wednesday evening.

The home side gained an early lead when Ashley Webster strode confidently through the visitors’ defence to beat keeper Sam Brand, before Darren Hudgeon made it two when his cross-shot found the net via the aid of an up-right.

Laxey were soon three up when Josh Thomas produced a smart finish from the edge of the box before Peel reduced the arrears when Johnny Myers slammed home a well-struck free-kick.

Andy Quirk was on hand to make it two for the visitors by netting the rebound after keeper Dave Corlett had saved Myers penalty kick.

The westerners made a confident start to the second half and a fine effort from Danny Bell levelled the scores, but two well-taken goals from Lee Cowley secured all three points for the home side.

The result cemented Laxey’s place in the top four while Peel finished one place above them, six points ahead.

Elsewhere in the Canada Life Premier League on Wednesday, St George’s completed a hugely successful league campaign with a ruthless attacking display as they eased past Castletown 9-0 at Glencrutchery Road.

Ciaran McNulty led the way with a five-goal haul while Chris Bass Jr helped himself to a hat-trick and Frank Jones struck the other.

McNulty’s goals were agonisingly one short of matching Steven Priestnal’s 31 total so the St Mary’s forward wins the golden boot award.

The result also means that Geordies, on their way to winning the title, conceded just 10 goals all season, including only two at home, which breaks the previous records set by St Mary’s in their grand slam-winning season of 1997-98.

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