The latest instalment of Isle of Man Newspapers’ Team of the Week is an FA Cup special following last Saturday’s fixtures.
Division Two high-flyers Malew are well represented in the hypothetical XI, having got the better of Onchan in a seven-goal thriller at Clagh Vane.
Despite the plethora of goals, one of the standout performers for the southerners was goalkeeper Stephen Collister who produced a superb display, making several important saves to keep his side in the cup tie.
As such, his performance meant he was voted the player of the round for the preliminary stage of the competition and he received his award from Ste Corran at the Bowl earlier this week - see photograph right.
Lining up in front of Collister in a traditional four-man defence are DHSOB’s duo Steven Clarke and Liam Buckley, plus Corinthians’ Stewart Smith and Laxey’s Dave Reynolds.
Both Clarke and Buckley played their part for Old Boys with impressive performances in the heart of the defence to help the Blackberry Lane outfit edge past a brave Foxdale side.
Reynolds was the pick of the Laxey backline as the Miners cruised into the next round of the cup thanks to a ruthless 12-1 win away at Michael United.
Likewise, Smith delivered a strong performance at centre-back for Corinthians to help nullify the twin threats of Steven Priestnal and Ciaran McNulty during his side’s 3-0 win at home to St George’s.
Another Ballafletcher star to shine last Saturday was Douglas Royal’s Kyle Watson who continued his superb season with a fine game for the Whites to help them see off the challenge of Douglas Athletic 5-1.
Joining him in a three-man Team of the Week midfield is Sean Gavin and Dean France who excelled for Laxey and DHSOB respectively.
Gavin was the standout player for the Miners during their aforementioned emphatic win at Balleira Road, while France was instrumental in Old Boys edging past a resilient Foxdale at Blackberry Lane.
The other Malew player to impress at the weekend was Dean Kinley who came off the bench to cause Onchan real problems at Clagh Vane and scored what proved to be the winning goal.
Slotting in alongside him in a three-man attack are Corinthians’ Josh Ridings and Douglas Royal’s Lewis Roberts.
The latter enjoyed a fine game with two goals during his side’s 5-1 win, keeping the Douglas Athletic defence on their toes throughout at Springfield Road.
Ridings was one of the stars of the show for Corinthians as the captain led by example for his side, scoring twice and setting up the other goal in a 3-0 win over rivals St George’s to strengthen the Whites’ grip on the FA Cup trophy.
Claiming the refereeing honours this week is Stuart Kneen who delivered a typically strong performance in the middle during the clash between DHSOB v Foxdale at Blackberry Lane.
Stephen Collister (Malew)
Steven Clarke (DHSOB)
Stewart Smith (Corinthians)
Liam Buckley (DHSOB)
Dave Reynolds (Laxey)
Sean Gavin (Laxey)
Kyle Watson (Douglas Royal)
Dean France (DHSOB)
Lewis Roberts (Douglas Royal)
Dean Kinley (Malew)
Josh Ridings (Corinthians)
Stuart Kneen (DHSOB v Foxdale)