Division Two well represented in TotW

Saturday 12th February 2022 7:00 am
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Shaun Kelly in action for Ayre United (Photo: Dave Norton) ()

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The latest instalment of Isle of Man Newspapers’ Team of the Week features a blend of Premier League and Division Two players.

Following a raft of rescheduled ECAP FA Cup preliminary round matches last Saturday, both divisions are well represented in the hypothetical XI cup special.

Donning the goalkeeper gloves is a man who is no stranger to Team of the Week, namely former Peel, Ayre and Laxey shot-stopper Andy Ball who shone for second tier outfit Foxdale during their 5-0 win over Braddan.

Also impressing in that game at Billy Goat Park was Ball’s team-mate Andrew Berry who produced a solid performance at the back to help the hosts keep a cleansheet against the Swans.

Joining Berry in a traditional four-man TotW four-man defence are Corinthians duo Callum Taylor and Jimmy Lees as well as Ayre stalwart Christian Penswick.

The latter enjoyed another fine game at the back for the Railway Cup holders as they saw off the challenge of second division Pulrose United, while the Whites duo both made a good impression at the back for the Ballafletcher side as they got the better of Division Two high-flyers St John’s at Mullen-e-Cloie.

Another to shine in that match was Kane Ridings who scored one of the goals to help Ben Qualtrough’s men triumph 4-1 against the Saints and he duly lines up in a three-man Team of the Week midfield.

Joining him are Penswick’s Ayre team-mate Shaun Kelly and Pulrose United’s Jason Kelch who both went head-to-head in Andreas.

The latter produced a highly impressive performance to keep underdogs Pully in the match for an hour, but in the end Kelly stole the show with a hat-trick to help send the Tangerines through as 7-2 winners.

Also getting amongst the goals for the northerners in that match was Johnny Shields who maintained his excellent run of form with a two-goal salvo which was enough to impress Eric Clague’s player ratings panel and earn him a place up front in TotW.

Joining him in a three-pronged attack are St John’s star Dean Leece and Foxdale’s Jay Chatwood.

Leece was the Saints’ most impressive player in their tie with Corinthians and was able to keep the Whites on their toes at Mullen-e-Cloie.

Chatwood was the star of the show for Foxdale during their aforementioned all-Division Two clash with Braddan, putting the Swans to the sword with a two-goal salvo to send Antony Corkill’s men through to the first round proper.

Claiming the refereeing honours this week is David Kelly who impressed with the whistle during the St John’s v Corinthians clash at Mullen-e-Cloie.

Goalkeeper

Andy Ball (Foxdale)

Defence

Callum Taggart (Corinthians)

Christian Penswick (Ayre)

Andrew Berry (Foxdale)

Jimmy Lees (Corinthians)

Midfield

Jason Kelch (Pulrose)

Shaun Kelly (Ayre)

Kane Ridings (Corinthians)

Attack

Dean Leece (St John’s)

Jay Chatwood (Foxdale)

Johnny Shields (Ayre)

Referee

David Kelly (St John’s Utd v Corinthians)

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