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St Georges win 1st match on new pitch

3rd October, 2011

Reigning Premier League champions and MIC sponsored team St George's were 8-1 winners of the 2011 Eric Fletcher Charity Shield, when they played Rushen under floodlights at the newly refurbished Bowl Stadium on Saturday evening.

The first 45 minutes in the first senior match in the Isle of Man ever played on an artificial pitch found Geordies and FA Cup holders Rushen United level at 1-1 at half time.

Geordies had initially taken the lead via a fantastic Johnny Myers free-kick, which was eqaulized by a penalty, awarded when Aaron Hawley was fouled.

But after the teams had changed ends it was a completely different story when man of the match Chris Bass junior appeared early in the second half.

He made a superb pass to Frank Jones, who easily placed the ball in the back of the net to make it 2-1, and from then on there was only one team making the pace. Liam Cowin scored the third Geordies goal and Bass made it 4-1, before Kieron McNulty knocked in the fifth, after the Rushen keeper fumbled the ball.

Bass and Cowin each added to their individual scores to make it 7-1, and Jones got his second, and completed the scoring, with seven minutes to go.

Congratulations to Jackie Teare who collected the Charity Shield on behalf of the team and who played his final match before retiring from football.

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