TotW led by hat-trick heroes

By by Andy Dalrymple Twitter: @manxfootyblog in Football

Three hat-trick heroes make it into the latest Isle of Man Newspapers Team of the Week.

Chris Bass Jr (St George’s), Ste Priestnal (St Mary’s) and Billy Kennaugh (Peel) all netted trebles in their side’s respective FPI FA Cup wins on Saturday.

Wing wizard Bass Jr continued his fine season with three goals and a couple of assists as the Grand Slam hopefuls cruised past second-tier Marown 10-2.

Priestnal’s hat-trick helped the Saints to topple fellow top-flight side Old Boys 4-0 at the Bowl to tee up a quarter-final tie against Douglas Athletic.

Youngster Kennaugh’s maiden season in the Peel senior ranks reached another high point at the weekend as he struck three of the westerners’ goals as Ramsey were beaten 6-1 at Ballacloan.

Joining Priestnal and Kennaugh in a four-man attack are Governor’s Athletic’s Daniel Thirlwell and Rushen frontman Jamie Johnston.

Thirlwell was on target as the Division Two side put up a spirited fight against Premier League Douglas Athletic before going down 2-1 at Springfield Road.

Johnston also troubled the scorers as Rushen beat Railway Cup semi-finalists Corinthians 2-0 at Croit Lowey.

Johnston’s United team-mate Liam Cowin anchors a three-man midfield that features Bass Jr and Braddan’s Lee Currer.

Cowin was one of the Spaniards’ stand-put performers as they inflicted only the Whites sixth defeat of the campaign.

Swans’ winger Currer scored twice to earn the man-of-the-match as the promotion hopefuls edged past fellow second-tier outfit Pulrose 5-4 at Springfield Road.

The hypothetical XI’s three-man defence were in particularly miserly mood at the weekend conceding only the one goal between them.

Douglas and District’s Luke Callister helped his side keep a clean sheet as they beat RYCOB 1-0 to secure a FA Cup quarter-final berth for the first time since 2013.

St Mary’s skipper Alex Harrison also shone at the back as the Saints produced a very impressive second-half performance to see off DHSOB 4-0 at the Bowl.

Peel’s Adam Cregeen completes the outfield 10 after impressing against Ramsey.

Foxdale keeper Stuart Fayle’s claims the coveted number one shirt after he helped his side pull off arguably the shock of the round. The Div Two side beat top-flight Colby 3-2 thanks to a man of the match performance from the former Peel and Ayre stopper.

Referee honours also go to another person that impressed on the Billy Goat Park pitch, Peter Cain picking up this week’s mantle.

Team of the Week (11/2/17)

Goalkeeper: Stuart Fayle (Foxdale)

Defence: Adam Cregeen (Peel)

Alex Harrison (St Mary’s)

Luke Callister (Douglas and District)

Midfield: Liam Cowin (Rushen)

Lee Currer (Braddan)

Chris Bass Jr (St George’s)

Attack: Ste Priestnal (St Mary’s)

Billy Kennaugh (Peel)

Daniel Thirlwell (Governor’s Athletic)

Jamie Johnston (Rushen)

Referee: Peter Cain (Foxdale v Colby)

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