No fewer than six clubs are represented in the latest installment of Isle of Man Newspapers’ Team of the Week.

It proved to be a good day for defenders in the Canada Life Premier League last Saturday, so there were numerous candidates for the hypothetical XI.

In the end, TotW adopts a traditional four-man defence consisting of Ramsey’s Greg Hepburn, Ayre United’s Jamie Callister, DHSOB’s Martin King and Peel’s Sam Kennaugh.

The latter, together with Tom Wood, starred at the back for the westerners as they kept St George’s at bay and helped his side claim an impressive 3-2 victory at Glencrutchery Road.

King led by example at both ends of the pitch for Old Boys as they stunned Laxey at Glen Road, netting the opening goal of the game before adding a second after half-time to help seal a 5-1 win for the visitors.

In-form Callister enjoyed another fine game at the back for Ayre alongside with George Rawlinson as the Tangerines edged past Marown to continue their title challenge, while Hepburn opened the scoring for Ramsey against reigning Premier League champions Corinthians and had a strong game in defence to see out a 3-1 victory.

Also impressing in that game at Ballacloan Stadium was Ramsey goalkeeper James Rice who produced an excellent performance, including saving a penalty just before half-time which would have let the Whites back into the game.

Another northerner to shine last weekend was, unsurprisingly, Shaun Kelly who was back with a bang for Ayre - having missed the previous week’s game at DHSOB - as he netted both goals during the Tangerines’ hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Marown.

At the opposite end of the island in Port Erin, Ryan Crawley (pictured) was the star performer for Rushen United when he chipped in with two goals as the Spaniards proved too strong for Union Mills at Croit Lowey.

Joining them in a four-man midfield are Old Boys star Craig Stewart and Douglas Royal’s Scott Horne.

Stewart played an important role for DHSOB against Laxey and helped himself to a goal during his side’s 5-1 win at Glen Road, while Horne was one of Royal’s standout players as his goal helped the Whites defeat bottom-of-the-table RYCOB 8-3.

Another to impress in the match at Ballafletcher was Horne’s team-mate Dominic McHarrie-Brennan who stole the show with a well-taken hat-trick to put Youthie to the sword and earn his place in Team of the Week.

Joining him in a two-man attack in the hypothetical XI is Peel rising star Jake Robertshaw who grabbed a goal and inspired his side to a fine victory at St George’s. As such, the youngster was named the player of the day.

Narrowly missing out on a place in TotW were Marown defenders Adam Scarffe and Matty McQuarrie, Rushen talent Scott Mason and Geordies duo Ciaran McNulty and Jack McVey.

Claiming the referee honours this week is Stuart Keen who continued his excellent season with another impressive display of officiating during the Douglas Royal v RYCOB game.



James Rice (Ramsey) TotW apps: 2


Greg Hepburn (Ramsey) 2

Jamie Callister (Ayre Utd) 5

Martin King (DHSOB) 1

Sam Kennaugh (Peel) 2


Craig Stewart (DHSOB) 1

Ryan Crawley (Rushen Utd) 1

Shaun Kelly (Ayre Utd) 6

Scott Horne (D Royal) 1


Jake Robertshaw (Peel) 2

Dominic McHarrie Brennan (D. Royal) 1


Stuart Kneen (D. Royal v RYCOB) RotW apps: 5