Old Boys gained the result of the day on a day Manx football remembered Gareth Cowin.
A minute’s applause was held at every local football – and hockey match – in memory of the Special Olympian who tragically died earlier this week.
When the action began, two goals from David Quirk fired them to a fine 2-1 win at St Mary’s at the Bowl.
The prolific Steven Priestnal pulled one back for the Saints but Old Boys held on, despite finishing the match with 10 men.
Second half goals from Frank Jones and Sam Caine fired reigning champions St George’s to a 2-0 win at Ramsey to keep them clear at the summit of the Canada Life Premier League.
Gareth Cowin’s brother Liam Cowin featured for the Geordies and before the match St George’s and Island skipper Sean Quaye presented a bouquet of flowers to their mother, Gillian Cowin.
Elsewhere, Laxey consolidated second spot with a 4-1 win at basement battlers Marown.
Johnny Callow, Ashley Webster, Mark Wolfenden and Neil Brogan were the Miners’ marksmen with Mike Wheeler the Marown scorer.
Rushen came from behind to win 2-1 at Castletown in the southern derby.
Aaron Hawley and Chris Shimmin were on target as they cancelled out Mike Edge’s opener.
Union Mills battled hard at St John’s but Harry Rothwell’s second half goal ensured the westerners emerged with the points.