Two of the island’s overseas stars made a triumphant return to Manx football over the festive period and have been rewarded with places in the latest Team of the Week.
Ant Moore and Jack McVey, who both studied at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, starred for St John’s and St George’s respectively in the Canada Life Premier League while Montana State University student Cameron Lee also made a winning return for Corinthians.
Moore, an assistant men’s soccer coach at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, is one of four Johnners players in the latest hypothetical XI after they claimed a shock 3-0 victory over Laxey at Glen Road.
He lines up in a four-man defence alongside Mullen-e-Cloie team-mate Sam Ingham, St Mary’s Neil Brogan and Corinthians’ Lee who makes his first TotW appearance of the season so far.
Ingham and Moore were in resolute form as the Saints nullified the Miners’ usually prolific frontline, while Brogan produced a typically strong display during St Mary’s 4-2 victory over Union Mills at Garey Mooar.
Lee was one of Corinthians’ star performers as the Whites eased their relegation fears with a fine 2-0 victory over Railway Cup finalists Rushen United at Ballafletcher.
Lining up behind that defence is another St John’s player in the shape of goalkeeper Damyan Petkov who earns his third TotW appearance of the season thanks to his cleansheet at Laxey.
One of Lee’s former Ballafletcher team-mates, Danny Gerrard, takes his place in a three-man midfield alongside the aforementioned McVey and Peel star Daniel Bell.
Gerrard began the season brightly for the Saints before heading off to college in England but he has picked up where he left off on his return to the island with a goal for his side during their 4-2 win at Union Mills.
After producing a good performance for St George’s in their Railway Cup final triumph on Boxing Day, McVey went one better and grabbed a goal for his side during their 10-0 thrashing of Ramsey on Sunday to earn his first TotW appearance.
By contrast, Bell has now wracked up an amazing seven call-ups already after he once again shone for Peel during the westerners’ 6-1 thumping of Youthie, in which he helped himself to a goal.
Another TotW regular this season - and in previous years - is Chris Bass Jr who claims his fifth appearance of the campaign following a brace against Ramsey and he lines up in a attacking trio alongside Kane Ridings and Lee Gale.
While he didn’t get on the scoresheet, Ridings stood out for Corinthians against Rushen while Gale netted twice against Youthie for Peel.
Claiming the refereeing honours for the final Team of the Week for 2013 is Stuart Kneen who impressed in the middle of the St George’s v Ramsey contest.
Team of the Week
Damyan Petkov (St John’s)
Team of the Week appearances: 3
Neil Brogan (St Mary’s) TotW apps: 2
Sam Ingham (St John’s) TotW apps: 4
Ant Moore (St John’s) TotW apps: 2
Cameron Lee (Corinthians) TotW apps: 1
Danny Gerrard (St Mary’s) TotW apps: 3
Jack McVey (St George’s)TotW apps: 1
Daniel Bell (Peel) TotW apps: 7
Kane Ridings (Corinthians) TotW apps: 1
Lee Gale (Peel) TotW apps: 3
Chris Bass Jr (St George’s) TotW apps: 5
Stuart Kneen (St George’s v Ramsey)
RotW apps: 3