St Mary’s move up to second in Premier League

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Draw with St John’s enough to move Saints up the table

ST Mary’s took advantage of St George’s and DHSOB postponement to move up to second in the Canada Life Premier League table this afternoon.

Peter Langridge’s side were held to a 2-2 draw in St John’s but the point they secured from their trip out west was enough to slot them into second in the fledgling top-flight standings.

Three points looked on the cards for the Saints after Steven Priestnal gave them an early lead, but goals from Kieron Quinn and Andy Glover gave last season’s JCK Division Two champions a deserved lead at the interval.

St Mary’s piled on the pressure in the second half but some resolute defending from the Mullen-e-Cloie outfit looked to have secured them a surprise three points until the in-form Priestnal doubled his tally for the day with eight minutes left to play.

Elsewhere, Rushen and Ramsey also shared the spoils with a 2-2 draw at Croit Lowey. All four goals came in the second half, Aaron Hawley and Josh Kelly netting for the hosts, Chris Duggan and the prolific Jamie Moffatt replying for Dave Perry’s visitors.

Laxey maintained their good start to the season with a 6-1 win over bottom side RYCOB.

Ashley Webster grabbed a hat-trick for the Miners, joining Johnny Callow, Danny Kewley and Jamie Clague on the scoresheet for Steve Falconer’s men. Marc Faragher netted the northerners’ consolation.

Corinthians finally realised some of their early season potential with a 7-2 win over Castletown at Ballafletcher while down the road at Gymns, Peel were 2-5 winners.

In JCK Division Two, Marown produced a supreme performance to beat Colby 0-11 at Glen Road. Juan Killip landed four goals, Ryan Holdaway three, Sean Doyle two and Richard Mulhern and Kevin Druggan one apiece as the Crosby side’s 100 per cent start continues.

Fellow promotion favourites Union Mills beat Douglas Royal 3-0 thanks to goals from Chris Kelly (2) and AJ Suckling, Foxdale beat western rivals Michael 1-2 with Andy Chadwick and Stuart Morison on the scoresheet.

Malew also claimed a surprise victory seeing off Pulrose 3-4 at Springfield Road while on the adjacent pitch Police were beaten 1-4 by born-again Braddan.

Onchan’s continued their fine recent run with a 2-4 win at Ronaldsway.

Full round-up of all the weekend’s football in Monday’s Examiner.

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