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Geordies hit six of the best to keep Grand Slam hopes alive

Royal edge closer to promotion

St George’s survived a massive scare to keep alive their hopes of a third Grand Slam in six years.

The league champions looked set to go out of the Friends Provident International FA Cup as they trailed Rushen 2-0 at half-time in their quarter-final.

But they showed their undoubted class and character to fight back and turn on the style.

First half goals from Jamie Johnston and Jack Saxon had put the southerners in the ascendancy at Glencrutchery Road.

Chris Bass reduced the arrears but Bass later saw a spot-kick saved by Dean Kearns and Rushen still led going into the final minute.

That was until Ciaran McNulty pounced in the final minute to send the drama into extra-time.

After scoring in the final minute of normal time, St George’s further shattered Rushen in the first minute of extra-time when Jack McVey fired them in front.

Bass, with his second, substitute Jonny Quirk and Callum Morrissey ensured it became a one-sided scoreline as St George’s moved into the semi-finals in style.

In JCK Division Two, Douglas Royal moved one step closer to the Premier League with an 11-1 rout of Governor’s Athletic.

Chris Anderson (three), Paul Whitley (two), James Clark (two), Kenny Magee, Andrew Lancaster, James Halliday, plus an own goal, ensured Sean Dodd’s reply was a mere consolation.

In the other game, Jordan Cooper (two) and Adam Johnson scored the goals as Gymns ended their dismal run with a 3-1 victory over Ramsey Youth Centre.

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