DOUGLAS ROYAL 0 CORINTHIANS 8
BY PAUL HATTON (@Hatty1970)
RECORDS tumbled in the Noble’s Park cum Ballafletcher derby last Sunday as Corinthians went on the rampage, defeating their neighbours and current champions’ Douglas Royal 8-0 on their own turf in the Warehouse Fitness Limited sponsored league.
In terms of the history of this fixture, this was the second biggest score-line involving the meetings of these two teams. In terms of league matches, this was the biggest away win and the biggest victory since both clubs had taken up new lodgings at Ballafletcher. It was also a record defeat for a reigning champions looking to retain their title. Corinthians were utterly ruthless!
Both teams were missing players and saw their squads stretched, however, if there was one player that was sorely missed last weekend, it was Douglas Royal’s Kym Hicklin. Currently out injured, Hicklin’s revels in the big games, her presence provides leadership and organisation and that was lacking on Sunday as Corinthians hit the ground running. Using the width to good effect, their pace quickly exposed the hosts’ back-line, it only took 10 minutes to puncture the Royal’s defence. Bekkie Colquitt’s free-kick was intercepted which Corinthians sprung the counter, releasing Jade Burden on the left, the striker cut inside to crash home the opener.
Corinthians countered again for their second. Following a Royal corner, Kiera Morgan raced clear, working a one-two and cutting in from the right, curled home her effort to make it 2-0.
The visitors continued to create the chances, a third was scored just before half-time. Lisa Costain intercepted goalkeeper’s Jane Caley’s clearance, waltzed her through the Royal defence and tuck home an effort into the bottom left.
The second half was barely a minute old and Corinthians continued their demolition job, scoring their fourth. The visitors yet again intercepted another free-kick and countered, freeing Morgan on the left and racing towards goal, unselfishly squared to Melissa Bell to tap into an empty net.
The match went through a phase of going through the motions, however, in the last 15 minutes, the visitors netted an additional four goals. Bell released Casey Hallsall on the left and raced clear, her effort hitting the inside of the far post before nestling into the net for their fifth.
It was 6-0 when Morgan set up Sarah Kerford just outside the penalty area, her strike hit the upright before finding its way to the goal.
It was seventh heaven for Corinthians after Halsall intercepted Colquitt’s back-pass and curled into the net.
Morgan rounded off a memorable day in the office just before full-time, accelerating in from the right, drilled home their eighth and move into pole position in the league table.
Douglas Royal: Jane Caley, Bekkie Colquitt, Tracy Craig, Jenni Carey, Leanne Quayle, Kerry Lockwood, Rebekah Pate, Rebecca Cole, Sarah Breen, Angela Waite, Donna Shimmin, Katie Halsall
Corinthians: Elizabeth Stanley, Anna Shaw, Chloe Fick, Jenna McStay, Anna Dillon, Lisa Costain, Kiera Morgan, Casey Halsall, Melissa Bell, Jade Burden, Sarah Kerford, Leonie Roberts, Abby Cooper