In the 3rd/4th place playoff in the inaugural FA International Shield, the Isle of Man beat Guernsey 3-1, in a scrappy affair that neither team really had control of.
Guernsey actually started the game brightly, pressuring the Isle of Man into a number of mistakes, however, this didn’t lead to many shooting opportunities, and it was a defensive error from Guernsey that led to the first goal of the game, as a poor defensive pass let in Calum Morrissey to score comfortably, against the run of play.
The goal helped the Isle of Man increase in confidence, and they slowly started putting passes together, and had a few decent attacks on the counter. Guernsey on the other hand, rocked by the earlier mistake, started to struggle, and a goal just before half time for Ciaran McNulty sent the Isle of Man into the break with a comfortable lead.
The second half started in a similar vein to the first, but this time Guernsey took advantage of early pressure, and just three minutes into the second half, they pulled a goal back. This gave them the confidence to attack the Isle of Man more often, and had a number of chances to equalise, including hitting the bar from a 25 yard free kick, and missing a free header from all of about eight yards.
The second half was a more open, and in turn entertaining affair than the first, and although the defensive mistakes didn’t disappear, the general level of play improved. With ten minutes to go though, the Isle of Man sealed the victory with a decent team goal, finished by Nick Hurt. Both teams had chances to get further goals, but the only time the ball went into the back of the net, it was ruled out as the ball had gone out of play before the cross had been put in by the Isle of Man.
As a result, the Isle of Man finish 3rd, whilst Guernsey finish last in the inaugural International Challenge Shield. The final, Gibraltar vs Jersey, kicks off at 8pm tonight.