ANOTHER brilliant performance from a brilliant team. St George’s put in a display that was worthy winning the league and, with news filtering through of Laxey losing to DHSOB, the Saints were confirmed as champions after the final whistle.
Castletown were the hapless victims on the receiving end of an 0-11 thrashing in this Canada Life Premier League fixture. Some Geordie players were still hurting from the previous weekend’s island exploits and the southerners were on the receiving end of a backlash.
On reflection, St George’s have now set the standard that other teams must emulate. Railway Cup, FA Cup and Premier League winners already- victory in the Hospital Cup would see them crowned Grand Slam winners.
Geordies dismantled the hosts with ease, registering four goals during the opening 10 minutes. After three minutes, Chris Bass Jr’s corner was met by Sean Quaye who directed a header across goal, Calum Morrissey swung his shot into the net for the opener.
Two minutes later following a move along the left, Frank Jones worked a one-two with Ciaran McNulty and the former guided his shot into the net.
Cue the McNulty demolition show. After receiving Bass Jr’s through-ball, the striker skipped his way past the Town defence and drove home a diagonal shot for their third.
Following another move along the left, Bass squared it to Morrissey who laid it onto the ex-Gymnasium player’s path and he lifted his shot into the net for their fourth.
Geordies had to wait until the 28th minute to register their fifth goal. Following a counter attack, McNulty worked a one-two with Johnny Myers before sliding in at the far post to complete a first half hat-trick.
The Glencrutchery Road side continued this ruthless streak in the second half. Dispossessing Brett Allcote, Liam Cowin laid it off to Morrissey who found McNulty in space to unleash a pile-driver into the net.
And it was soon 0-7 after Bass Jr swung in a corner to Quaye at the far post where the skipper drove an oblique shot into the roof of the goal.
The visitors clocked up their eighth when Morrissey was found in space on the right. His shot hit the post and Allcote slid in an attempt to clear the danger but only succeeded in putting the ball into his own net.
References were made to Alaskan salmon when St George’s scored next following another corner, Myers leapt highest to sink a header into the top right.
Castletown had an excellent chance to get onto the scoresheet after they were awarded a penalty kick but Karl Clark’s effort was repelled by Grant Dawson’s frame.
At the other end, Geordies were awarded two penalties which they made no mistake, McNulty was fouled and scored on both occasions.
After the final whistle, there were handshakes all around and congratulations. St George’s are yet again Premier League champions.
St George’s: Grant Dawson, Liam Cowin, Julian Ringham (Robin Bates 57m), Johnny Myers, Sean Quaye, Sam Caine, Andy Bass, Frank Jones, Ciaran McNulty, Calum Morrissey (Neil Brogan 78m), Chris Bass Jr
Castletown: Jack Charmer, Brett Allcote, Lee Bass, Tom Charmer, Jay Dent (Even Chappell 79m), Kevin Cain, Steve Whitley, Karl Clark, Tom Callister, Mark Wolfenden, Nathan Cooil (Max Perry 46m)
Referee: Tony McMeiken
Man of the Match: Ciaran McNulty (St George’s)
Match rating: HHHHI