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Geordies come from three goals down to beat Union Mills 7-3 at the Bowl

ST George’s Grand Slam hopes remain intact after they came from three goals down to beat Division Two Union Mills 7-3 in the final of the Cu-Plas FA Cup on Monday afternoon.

In a remarkable start to the final, Mills, who won the GH Corlett Woods Cup on Thursday evening, deservedly went three goals up thanks to a brace from the impressive AJ Suckling and a solitary strike from winger Matty Cain.

Mills perhaps should have added more as the shell-shocked Geordies’ defence struggled to cope with Derek Cowley’s well-drilled Garey Mooar side, but the Glencrutchery Road outfit regrouped and hauled themselves back into the game thanks to a 13-minute first-half hat-trick from island forward Calum Morrissey.

Now with the bit between their teeth the Premier League leaders improved after the interval and edged in front 13 minutes into the second half when Sam Caine nodded in against his old club.

As Mills began to tire, Geordies took charge and Man of the Match Ciaran McNulty added a fifth before Chris Bass Jr put the result beyond doubt with quarter of an hour to go. To their great credit Mills mounted one final push, but the Saints took advantage on the break, McNulty completing the scoring with eight minutes left to play to wrap up the club’s second silverware of the season after December’s Railway Cup.

Geordies will go along way to sealing their next, the Canada Life Premier League, if they can beat Rushen on Thursday evening, while the plucky Millers will look to maintain their push for glory in the second tier against promotion rivals Onchan on the same night.

Full report on Monday’s game in this week’s Manx Independent.

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