Fine wins for Colby and Douglas Athletic
St George’s marked their final league match in 2016 by confirming they remain the top side in Manx football.
They extended their lead at the Canada Life Premier League summit with a 3-0 success over arch rivals Peel to complete a league double over the westerners.
Frank Jones and Ciaran McNulty (two) scored the goals as the Geordies moved nine points clear.
There was a thriller at Croit Lowey as Rushen and second placed St Mary’s shared six goals.
And it was quite a fightback by the home side as the Saints looked on course for victory as they led 3-0 with an hour played.
Matthew Rennie, Steven Priestnal and Darren Hudgeon seemed to have ensured Kevin Middleton’s side had warmed up for Boxing Day’s Railway Cup Final with victory.
But in a dramatic finale, Rushen piled on the pressure and Ryan Crawley (two) and Jamie Johnstone ensured the home faithful went home happy.
Ayre United have their first point of the season and they will be pleased it came against neighbours Ramsey.
A Dean Tate double, one in each half, secured a 2-2 draw for the Tangerines at Ballacloan.
Ramsey, who led at the break, scored via a Nick White penalty and Lewis Qualtrough.
Colby took a massive step towards safety with a fine 3-1 success at Laxey.
All the goals came in the second period with Jordan Primrose Smith, Carl Hickey and David Thomas finding the net.
Sean Gavin replied for the Miners.
There was also a surprise at Blackberry Lane where Jamie Clague and Lee Ford goals secured Douglas Athletic a 2-1 victory at Old Boys.
Craig Murphy was on target for the hosts who had Adam Hudgeon sent off.