Xmas comes early for Ramsey
Ramsey moved out of the Canada Life Premier League’s relegation places with a comfortable 6-1 victory over a struggling Marown side at Ballacloan on Saturday.
It was the hosts first win of the season but it was not quite the convincing victory that the scoreline might suggest.
The Crosby based visitors looked woefully disorganised in defence gifting four of the home side’s six goals.
Resplendent in their all red strip it was, however, the away side that created the fixture’s first real chance as a Gary Christian effort required an equally impressive save from Ramsey’s highly rated Bulgarian keeper Kiril Velev.
Moments later David Brew’s side were again unfortunate to see a smart effort from striker Juan Killip rebound off an up-right.
The home side then clicked into gear and after 10 minutes an unmarked Michael Fernandes converted Kris Halsall’s beautifully flighted corner to give the Blue and Whites the lead.
The visitors then suffered a further blow with the loss of skipper Nigel Shimmin to a painful pulled muscle.
Soon after Ramsey’s second goal placed another question mark against the Marown defence as Fernandes out-smarted keeper Mark Kinley before stroking the ball home.
On the half hour mark it was three when Lewis Qualtrough took full advantage of a static Marown defence before finding the target.
As the home team eased off, shortly before the break, Marown enjoyed an impressive spell and their best player Niall Quayle fired a fine opportunity straight at keeper Velev.
Quayle, in fact, then created the first real chance of the second half but once again keeper Velev came to the rescue of Brian Carney’s side.
On the hour mark, the visitors managed to pull one back when the home defence failed to clear a corner allowing Christian the opportunity to score.
The Mooragh Park men though looked dangerous on the break and Fernandes completed his hat-trick when he turned smartly in the box to fire home the goal of the game.
With the Ramsey side on top Jamie Arneil met another well placed Halsall corner and his powerful header was, in turn, headed into his own net by defender Phil Jones.
Right at the death Qualtrough made it six with the visitors’ defence once again at full stretch. It was a vital three points for the northerners and next Saturday they face another highly significant trip to fellow strugglers Gymns.
Ramsey: Kiril Velev, Robbie Callister, Alex Yates (Robbie Campbell), Jamie Arneil, John Roberts, Lewis Qualtrough, Daniel Tate, Matty Montgomery, Michael Fernandes, Kris Halsall Liam Parker (Jabrane Moutiq)
Marown: Mark Kinley, Cathal McCann, Paul Timpson (Kevin Druggan) Neil Gibson, Nigel Shimmin (Neil Withers) Stuart Christian, Mike Wheeler, Phil Jones, Niall Quayle (Andy Newton) Gary Christian, Juan Killip.
Referee: Mark Thomas; A fine performance from an old head who kept the game flowing when he could, but it was never likely to get out of hand.
Assistants: Ian Fisher and Billy Blair.
Man of the Match: Michael Fernandes (Ramsey) Hat-trick hero, but Ramsey keeper Velev was not far behind after playing an equally important role for his side at the back.
Match Rating: HHHHH
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