afc didsbury 1 vs village manchester fc 2nd / manchester sunday cup r2 (23/10/16 - didsbury sports ground, didsbury)
AFC DIDSBURY: Leighton, Bolas, McDonald, Battersby (C) (Hadfield), Mackie, Whiteley, Quinn, Menghini (Williamson), Ferguson, Agyeman, Smith.
GOALS: Menghini (4), Smith (2)
ASSISTS: Ferguson (3), Agyeman, Williamson
MAN OF THE MATCH: Menghini
DOMINANT DIDSBURY PROGRESS AFTER SOME MENGHINI MAGIC (AKA TAP-INS)
Yet another glorious sunny Sunday morning at the home of football and the stage was set for Didsbury to make history and put their name in the hat for the 3rd round of the Manchester County Cup. The changing room was very subdued with a distinct lack of Christmas spirit, the most excitement conjured up was due to Matt Harrison trying to show off his ridiculous bike by putting it on Kieran Smith’s seat and Colin McDonald giving everyone a detailed description of the history of football on his new tactics board. It was clear the Didsbury lot were ready for every eventual outcome with even an additional crossbar being taken out by Warren Bolas and Conor Quinn in case Didsbury’s #1, James Leighton, lost his temper again.
On to the warm up, led by Harrison and McDonald doing some kind of Morris dance routine seemed like a good laugh and bright idea at the time. Fast forward five minutes and Harrison pulls his groin before kickoff, not so smart after all (surely a 50p fine).
Leighton’s pre-match preparation could only be described as genius however, as he sent a young girl that was being privately coached to the shop to get him an extra pack of cigarettes to smoke during the game while he benefitted from some excellent training drills from her coach during the warm up, madness.
The first half was a one sided affair with Didsbury rather professionally controlling the game, the first goal didn't take long to produce with some neat play down the right Adam "The Assister" Ferguson with a nice cut back into the box for Ross Menghini to finish first time in to the opposite corner with a first time effortless strike.
Immediately after the restart Didsbury gained possession again with a great high press, Ferguson found himself in space on the right yet again (just as well he can assist because he is useless at shooting), he fed the ball into the box with another cut back this time only to find Tom Whiteley in the same position as Menghini previously, but rather than hit it first time Whiteley decided to take a touch, put some more ankle tape on, shift the hair out of his eyes, look up pick a spot, but it was all in vain, as one of the opposition had already come from behind dispossessed the ball and cleared the danger.
Being honest I can't remember the 2nd goal but I can imagine it probably went along the lines of Ferguson yet again found himself in space on the right, whipped a ball in to the box, the defence were at 6's and 7's the ball somehow as if by magic kindly fell to the feet of Menghini 2 yards from goal to tap in 2-0.
The third for Didsbury is what this guy has been about all season, Kieran Smith, where everyone else would have given up and left the ball to go out of play, put his Tuesday night sprinting sessions to use and somehow managed to keep the ball in play to then have only the keeper to round… which was quite a way round! Having managed to bundle his way through the keeper with absolutely no finesse at all he was brought down, penalty awarded. Whiteley taking the democratic approach (also known as not wanting Menghini to get a hat trick from the spot) decided to take the assist and vouch for Smith to step up having just won the penalty. Menghini having realised that the ball was placed 12 yards from goal and not 2 decided to step down and duly obliged. Smith slotted home, 3-0.
The game by this point seemed to be turning into a vicious cycle of lining up for a goal kick to then have to wonder over the right hand side to take a throw in with McDonald screaming for more urgency, probably just as well Lloyd Darlington wasn't available for this game as he could have been out of pocket quite a few quid.
Onto the next goal and Menghini yet again the definition of cool (his words, not mine) found himself 3 yards from goal with the ball at his feet and calmly stroked it home passed a helpless goalie. 4-0.
It was becoming increasingly more difficult to pay attention to this game and this was evident in the 2nd half with Didsbury taking their foot off the pedal and attempting to coast through. Mackie even at one point nipping off to the do the afternoon feed leaving the left back slot wide open and made for the opposition’s best opportunity of the game. Quinn noticing the gaping hole at the back attempted to sprint back to fill it (as ya do), having got back and attempted to retrieve the ball from their right winger he insisted on turning him inside out before nut megging him. The right winger then floated a hopeful ball into the box, but because he was the fastest 4 foot man in the world and none of his team could keep up with him, there was absolutely no one there so this should have been a comfortable ball to collect for Leighton. However, he decided to flap at it for no other reason than to attempt to concede a goal and keep his clean sheet record (or lack of) in-tact. Bolas to the rescue, clearing up the mess.
The Village Manchester left back who had been struggling, wasn't finished yet with Eugene Agyeman dancing around him before finding Smith in the box to get his 2nd of the game and make it 5-0.
Having left the field already to receive the plaudits Menghini was called back into action unexpectedly as Quinn pulled up with a massive hangover and a tweaked hamstring. We knew things by this stage were bad as Andy “2 sips” Williamson was brought on to join in and at some points actually looked a decent player (!!!). Williamson with a good effort coming back off the post left none other than the tap in meister, Menghini, to slot home once more and make the score line 6-0.
The game finished 6-0, although it may appear a good score line it should really have been a lot more. Didsbury however have done what they needed to do and have made it into the 3rd round of the County cup for the first time. Onwards and upwards for the lads still fighting on all fronts.
Words by Conor Quinn
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