Saturday Update – 23rd March 2024

Almost a clean sweep of results for all our teams last weekend with 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.

The Ladies A put in another tremendous performance to destroy Castletown B 9-2 to secure a fantastic league title win with one game to spare.
An energetic performance with the Ladies A putting 6 goals away by half time and then adding another 3 in the second half, Sarah Blackman and Kim Carney sharing the 9 goals between them to have their own personal battle for the Vikings Ladies Premier top goalscorer.

The Ladies A also squeezed in their final league match on Wednesday, managing a 3-2 win over second placed Valkyrs A. Zoe Crowe bagging a brace with Louise Slater dispatching a penalty flick to just edge Valkyrs.


Ladies B put in their best performance of the season with a thumping 9-1 defeat of Castletown C.
The ladies were clinical in front of goal, with Molly Wheeler a constant threat with her pace grabbing a hat-trick, and Morven Smith using her clever movement up front to help herself to 4 goals, with Katie Errock adding a single.
Castletown tried their best to stem the waves of attacks from Vikings, but a solid midfield and great defence dealt with almost anything that Castletown had in response, but eventually they did manage to breach the Viking’s defence and grab a consolation goal.
However, Vikings immediately pushed up the pitch from the restart, and some well worked passing led to Morgan Braidwood grabbing her first goal for the B team with almost the last touch of the game.

The Ladies C faced their old foe in Valkyrs C and managed to come away with a 0-0 result.
The westerners had much of the possession throughout the match but found Poppy Gerrard in inspired form to deny Valkyrs time and time again.
The result keeps the Ladies C team just above Castletown E in the league, with the final match of the season between these two teams to decide who will finish propping up the table.

Following in the footsteps of the Ladies A team, the Mens A continue their push for the title by staying 1 point ahead of Bacchas A in the table after a 2-1 win over Valkyrs A.
After 15 minutes the break-through came from a crafty short corner deflection coming from Darryl Jago and for large parts of the half the Mens A dominated, but after the goal they took the foot off the gas, allowing Valkyrs to build a bit of momentum and with 2 minutes left on the clock and some too casual possession, they were dispossessed just outside their own D and a bottom-corner strike from Ollie Webster levelled the score.

The second half didn’t start off as planned with Darryl Jago getting yellow-carded, unfortunately through frustrations and pointless tackles Tom Burrows and Alex Andrews found themselves being given green cards. Out of nowhere with 10 minutes to go, Archie Caley found himself on the back-post on the receiving end of a great pass across the goalkeeper for a tap in.
With just over 5 minutes to go, a poor tackle from Tom Burrows and a yellow card put the team in a tough position and with virtually the last play of the game, Valkyrs had one last attack to nick a late point, but Sam Spooner had other ideas, making an outstanding double save to keep advantage to Vikings.

One match to go against Castletown A and a win will secure the league for the Mens A !

Mens B thumped Castletown B 5-0 to cement their position of 3rd in Division 1.
The B team put in a solid performance against a Castletown team who only had 10 players to begin the match and then were reduced to 9 due to injury.
Kyle Gunnion helped himself to a hat-trick with singles added for Josh Dougal and Lee Cowell.

Mens C unfortunately suffered a 2-1 defeat to Harlequins B which pushed the C team down to bottom of Division 1.
At times a very end to end encounter with Harlequins making the majority of the early attacks but Vikings scoring first via Ian Perry part way through the first half.
Harlequins continued to push back, and late on in the first half a quick break down the right led to a snapshot just eluding Will Hampson at the near post and levelled the scores.
Second half and again Harlequins tried to break down a stubborn Vikings defence, with Vikings trying to hit on the break.
With the game looking to be heading for a draw, Harlequins managed to sneak a second goal and Vikings immediately tried to hit back but last ditch defending from Harlequins prevented the C team from levelling the scores.
With almost the last attack of the game, Harlequins tried to increase their lead but several successive saves from Will Hampson kept the scoreline at 2-1.

Finally our U15 chalked up their first win of the season !
A difficult transition season for our U15s with so many new players still learning the game, and the team always putting in maximum effort each week but struggling to come away with any points so far this season until this week.
A solid performance against Ramsey, with Theo Robertson grabbing a brace and James Baker finishing well from a short corner.
The improvement and attitude from the U15s this season has been first class which bodes very well for the future !

Results – 23/03/2024

Vikings Ladies A 9 – 2 Castletown Ladies B (Sarah Blackman 5, Kim Carney 4)
Vikings Ladies B 9 – 1 Castletown Ladies C (Morven Smith 4, Molly Wheeler 3, Katie Errock, Morgan Braidwood)
Vikings Ladies C 0 – 0 Valkyrs Ladies C
Vikings Mens A 2 – 1 Valkyrs Mens A (Darryl Jago, Archie Caley)
Vikings Mens B 5 – 0 Castletown Mens B (Kyle Gunnion 3, Lee Cowell, Josh Dougal)
Vikings Mens C 1 – 2 Harlequins Mens B (Ian Perry)
Vikings U15 3 – 1 Ramsey Rogues U15 (Theo Robertson 2, James Baker)

Results – 27/03/2024

Vikings Ladies A 3 – 2 Valkyrs Ladies B (Zoe Crowe 2, Louise Slater)
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