Four is the magic number in the latest Isle of Man Newspapers Team of the Week.
Four of those that impressed in Saturday’s five Canada Life Premier League matches line up in the hypothetical XI for a fourth time this season.
Two of the ’awesome foursome’ slot into the side’s back four with the other two making up two thirds of the side’s front three.
St Mary’s player-manager Alex Harrison celebrated his 30th birthday weekend by earning his fourth TotW outing of the term after impressing in the Saints’ 3-1 win over Douglas Royal.
Harrison’s fellow St Mary’s centre-back Karl Clark also makes the selection for a fourth time this term as the Bowl outfit opened up a nine-point lead at the head of the standings.
Joining the pair at the back this week are Marown defenders Matty McQuarrie and Cameron Avery.
The duo played key roles as Marown picked up a second win of the campaign to move six points clear of the top-flight’s relegation spot.
Both defended stoutly all afternoon to keep Douglas Athletic at bay in the 3-1 win in Crosby, while McQuarrie bagged a brace - including a 50-yard wind-assisted free-kick - to help secure an important three points in the race to beat the drop.
In midfield, TotW debutants Kyle Watson (Douglas Royal) and Jay Wight (DHSOB) line-up alongside Corinthians’ flyer Kane Ridings.
The latter earns his second TotW stripes of the term after topping a good all-round performance with a goal in the Whites’ 4-2 win at Ramsey.
Watson made a very impressive debut in senior football on Saturday, the 16-year-old midfielder’s performance catching the eye as Michael Fitzmaurice’s youngsters nearly took a point off St Mary’s.
Wight continued his good recent form as DHSOB picked up a only second home win of the term as Pulrose were beaten 3-1 at Blackberry Lane.
Up front, the other half of the ’awesome foursome’ appear alongside Old Boys stalwart Robbie Ward.
The latter has revelled in a more advanced role for Liam Buckley’s charges this term and was among the goalscorers as Old Boys moved back above Douglas Athletic in the battle for seventh.
Sean Doyle (Corinthians) and Jamie Johnston (Rushen United) complete the outfield line-up as they scored important goals to keep their respective sides in the title hunt.
Doyle struck a brace as the Whites won in Ramsey to earn his place in the TotW for a fourth time this season, while fellow fourth-timer Johnston also hit a double as Rushen defeated Laxey 3-1 at Croit Lowey.
Johnston’s Rushen team-mate Dean Kearns claims the TotW’s coveted number one jersey after a crucial save helped the Spaniards beat Laxey and maintain their unbeaten home record.
Four is also the magic number for the Referee of the Week, Stuart Kneen taking the accolade for a fourth time this campaign after a good match in the middle as DHSOB beat Pulrose.
Team of the Week 8/2/20
Goalkeeper: Dean Kearns (Rushen)TotW apps: 3
Defence: Karl Clark (St Mary’s)TotW apps: 4
Matty McQuarrie (Marown)TotW apps: 1
Alex Harrison (St Mary’s)TotW apps: 4
Cameron Avery (Marown)TotW apps: 2
Kane Ridings (Corinthians)TotW apps: 2
Kyle Watson (Douglas Royal)TotW apps: 1
Jamie Wight (DHSOB)TotW apps: 1
Sean Doyle (Corinthians)TotW apps: 4
Jamie Johnston (Rushen)TotW apps: 4
Robbie Ward (DHSOB)TotW apps: 3
Referee of the Week:
Stuart Kneen (DHSOB v Pulrose Utd)
RotW apps: 4