St George’s picked up their eighth top-flight title in 10 seasons at Glencrutchery Road on Tuesday evening.
Geordies marked the occasion with a 2-1 win over St Mary’s in their penultimate Canada Life Premier League game of another trophy-laden season.
After a tight first-half St Mary’s goalkeeper Max Thomas was sent off by referee Tommy Crowe for handling outside the area. Midfield Tom Weir went in goal, but he was helpless to stop Ciaran McNulty’s deflected effort from the resulting free kick giving Geordies the lead.
Calum Morrissey doubled the hosts’ advantage in quick succession as the hosts closed in on their 11th home win of the season. However, it wasn’t all good news for Geordies as midfield dynamo Frank Jones hobbled off with an ankle injury that is likely to rule him out of Sunday afternoon’s Hospital Cup final with Union Mills.
A goalmouth scramble which was finished by Golden Boot winner Steven Priesntal after a swift counter-attack set up a frantic final quarter of hour and only a fine save from Geordies’ keeper Grant Dawson denied Sam Kenny’s FA Cup winners a point.
In JCK Division Two, Ayre finally booked their place in the Paul Henry Gold Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 win over Foxdale. The Tangerines will now host RYCOB on Saturday in the northern pair’s last four tie, the winner playing Colby in next Friday evening’s final at the Bowl.
Also on Tuesday evening Rushen won the 15-17 Division Two Cup final beating Braddan 1-0 in the final thanks to Harvey Neale’s second-half penalty. More silverware will be handed out at the Bowl tonight with Braddan and Peel contesting the Paddy Power Veterans’ Cup final.
More in Thursday’s Manx Independent.