St George’s and Corinthians Canada Life Premier League title hopes took a blow as they played out a 3-3 draw at Ballafletcher.
The result leaves the pair 14 and 15 points respectively behind leaders Peel with a couple of games in hand on the westerners.
Joey Morling gave Geordies the lead midway through a scrappy and fiesty first-half only for Luke Murray to rifle in a quick-fire equaliser.
Geordies edged ahead once again as a mix up between Corinthians keeper Adam Killey and his defence led to an own goal.
Again though Danny McMahon’s hosts hit back, as Murray’s header flicked off Sean Quaye on its way in off the St George’s cross-bar.
The game opened up in the second half as both tried to hunt down the all-important win.
Johnny Myers headed the visitors ahead for a third time just shy of the 70th minute.
Corinthians though would secure a share of the spoils with quarter of an hour left on referee Andy Lodge’s watch when Connor Gorman scored from the penalty spot after Dan Simpson had been hauled down in the box.
Goals from Matty Woods, Shaun Kelly (2) and Kerron Christian gave Peel a 4-1 victory over St John’s in the western derby at Mullen-e-Cloie.
The victory over the Johnners keeps Steve Falconer’s men four points ahead of title rivals St Mary’s, but having played two games more.
The Saints themselves were comfortable winners beating Castletown 6-0 at the Stadium.
Rushen United remain third after a 3-0 victory over DHSOB at Croit Lowey.
At the foot of the table, Douglas Royal took a big step toward securing top-flight football again next season as they beat Laxey 5-4 in a nine-goal thriller at Glen Road.
The Miners are now a point adrift at the bottom after Marown drew 2-2 with Douglas Athletic thanks to Ashley Higginbotham’s 85th-minute leveller.
In JCK Division Two, Pulrose United moved a couple of points clear at the top of the standings after they beat Douglas and District 6-2.
RYCOB had been level with Pully at the start of they day, but they were held to a 3-3 draw by Onchan.
Ramsey have actually leapfrogged their town neighbours into second after they beat bottom side Governor’s Athletic 4-1 at Bemahague.
Foxdale and Malew also kept themselves in the mix at the top of a congested table with wins this afternoon.
Dale beat Michael 6-0 former United players Kevin Pulman and Jay Chatwood both netting braces, joining Ricky Newsham and an own goal on the scoresheet.
Malew gained almost instant revenge on Union Mills having lost to the Millers only last Saturday. The Ballasalla side won 2-0 at Garey Mooar with Ste Collister and skipper Josh Clarke on target.
Colby came from 1-0 down at half-time to win 5-1 at Gymns thanks to a hat-trick for Carl Hickey and two for Andy Baker.
Saturday, January 12
Canada Life Premier League
Castletown 0-6 St Mary’s
Corinthians 3-3 St George’s
Laxey 4-5 Douglas Royal
Marown 2-2 Douglas Athletic
Rushen 3-0 DHSOB
St John’s 1-4 Peel
JCK Division Two
Douglas & District 2-6 Pulrose United
Foxdale 6-0 Michael
Gymns 1-5 Colby
RYCOB 3-3 Onchan
Union Mills 0-2 Malew
Governor’s Athletic 1-4 Ramsey
Canada Life Combination One
DHSOB 2-2 Rushen United
Douglas Athletic 3-2 Marown
Douglas Royal 3-3 Laxey
Peel H-W St John’s
St George’s 3-2 Corinthians
St Mary’s H-W Castletown
JCK Combination Two
Colby 3-2 Gymns
Malew 1-3 Union Mills
Michael United 4-2 Foxdale
Onchan H-W RYCOB
Pulrose United 1-2 Douglas & District
Ramsey 5-1 Governor’s Athletic