Jersey secured a double victory in the Men's and Women's Muratti this weekend, with the women's team putting in a showstopping second-half performance.
A Lorne Bickley header midway through the latter half was enough for Jersey to nab its third Men’s Muratti on the bounce, while the Women's side sealed the deal with five goals to nil.
Jersey had the home advantage at a sun-soaked Springfield stadium on Saturday, playing in front of a crowd of 1,800 spectators.
It was a closely fought match, with Guernsey dominating periods of the game.
The Sarnian side had some good chances, particularly in the first half, but were thwarted by Jersey keeper Euan Van Der Vliet, who made some important saves to ensure his side kept a clean sheet.
Pictured: The team celebrating Lorne Bickley's decisive second-half goal. (Max Le Feuvre)
Decisive in the second half was the addition of Jake Prince, whose pace kept the Greens at bay - it was his pass to Jonny Le Quesne, which led to the match's single goal.
Tensions flared as the game pushed into its final stage.
10 minutes of stoppage time were added after a centre circle scrap in the 89th minute, which resulted in yellow cards for two Guernsey players and the Jersey keeper.
Guernsey pushed for a late equaliser, but their best chance came and went in the 97th minute with a shot that went high over the crossbar.
Pictured: Tensions in the centre circle. (Max Le Feuvre)
The match ended Jersey 1-0 Guernsey – marking a fifth win out of the past six matches against Guernsey.
The third consecutive victory for Martin Cassidy’s team that was met with flag-waving, flares and champagne corks from the home supporters.
Played to a crowd of more than 500 on Sunday, it was the first Women's game in six years.
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While Jersey enjoyed the bulk of the possession in the first half, the team didn't manage to convert it into strong chances.
Roisin Flynn pulled out the two closest attempts in the 45th minute and six minutes into stoppage time, with one saved onto the bar and another cleared off the line.
But it was all change in the second half, with Flynn kickstarting a chain reaction with a top-left corner goal just minutes in.
Pictured: The women's team celebrate their win. (Jersey FA/Twitter)
Hannah Campbell doubled that lead from close range, with Van Der Vliet following shortly after.
Ella Brennand bagged a fourth goal, with Flynn capping off her star performance with number five.
Jersey: Euan Van der Vliet, Harry Curtis, Jack Cannon, James Queree, Luke Campbell, Joe Kilshaw, Jonny Le Quesne, Kamen Nafkha, Lorne Bickley, Adam Trotter, Calvin Weir. (Subs: Piers Roche, Sammy Sutcliffe, Ruben Mendes, Fraser Barlow, Jake Prince.)
Guernsey: Jason Martin, Keanu Marsh, Jamie Dodd, Jake Lowe, Jacob Fallaize, Kieran Mahon, Charlton Gauvain, Tom Jackson, Ben Acey, Ross Allen, Danny Hale. (Subs: Dave Rihoy, Will Fazakerley, River Marsh, Dom Heaume, Josh Addison.)
Jersey: Amy Tierney, Tiffany Sundby, Sofia Rodrigues, Barnett, Botterill, Dani Da Silva, Flynn, Ella Brennand, Hannah Campbell, Aine Ruth, Jess De Castro. (Subs: Malta, Emma Dempsey, Louise Van der Vliet, Sam Silva, Olivia Labesse.)
Guernsey: Emma Queripel, Scarlett Kenneally, Diana Marsden, Joelle Pengelley, Steph Batiste, Katie Watson, Donna Gallienne, Sydney Schreimaier, Codie Le Flem, Adrienne Leech, Amy Dallamore. (Subs: Jessie Staples, Lucy Peacock, Kierra Greenslade, Jo Wheatley, Ollivia Smith.)
(Men's match photography by Max Le Feuvre)
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