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Big match ends all-square

It was honours even between the top two sides in Manx football in Saturday’s match of the day.

Reigning champions St George’s and Sure Mobile Premier League leaders Peel couldn’t be separated in a 1-1 draw at Glencrutchery Road.

Callum Morrissey struck a fine opener for the Geordies before Kerron Christian fired an impressive long-range equaliser and, in a finely balanced encounter, that’s how it stayed.

That result was exactly what St Mary’s wanted as they reclaimed third spot after coming from behind to defeat Colby at the Bowl.

A Martin Reilly hat-trick and a double from Marc Priestnal continued the Saints’ fine form ahead of next week’s showdown with Peel.

Josh Cowley had put Colby in front.

Rushen have outside title aspirations of their own but had to settle for a point at battling Gymns in an exciting game at Tromode.

Ciaran McNulty put Gymns in front before Steven Riding levelled for Rushen just before the break.

Old Boys turned on the style to consolidate fifth spot with a 5-0 romp at bottom club Corinthians.

In what was expected to be a close contest, goals from Paul Murphy, Callum Stewart, Sean Gavin, Jamie Skillen and Chris Clinton sealed another important three points.

Ramsey won the northern derby with a 3-1 win against Ayre at Ballacloan.

After a goal apiece in a close first half, the home side ran out winners with goals from Danny Foulis (two) and Ashley Webster.

Goal-getter Phil Quayle replied for Ayre who remain in the relegation zone, just behind Michael on goal difference who lost themselves, 2-0 at home to Laxey.

Second half goals from Jonny Callow and Gary Williams earned the Miners the points but it could have been closer – Laxey keeper Mark Blair saving a Michael penalty.

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