GOALS: Williams, Ferguson (2) ASSISTS: Ferguson, Agyeman, Plowright MAN OF THE MATCH: Ferguson
THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR THE 2S
It is only mid-December but this was the third time Didsbury 2's had lined up against Parkway Villa, the first a perplexing defeat despite scoring the only goal of the game and the second a resounding 5-2 cup defeat. Revenge was on the cards.
They say football can be won and lost in the mind so a bit of pre-match mind games can go a long way. Cunningly Shamsur Rohman tricked the opposition into going to the wrong pitch by leaving the nets next to goals on an adjacent pitch, completely baffling them over the playing surface on which they would be playing the next 90 minutes. On top of that turning up with a full squad together with support from the 1st team obviously came across as daunting to the Parkway team...
With the two teams virtually on first name basis and with Didsbury bringing a large squad with them, the opposition manager appeared a little surprised that he didn't recognise everyone. Perhaps he felt guilty that he didn't have a Christmas card for everyone, perhaps he thought we had included 1st team players. Either way the only card that got handed over was the match day card. He better not be expecting one from me.
The game began with very few chances with Parkway arguably on top. The main talking point of the opening exchanges was the opposition number 10 who, like a drunk Glaswegian who had been told the bar is closed, seemed to be about to flip his lid at any moment. Cue a few tasty challenges (and associated handbags) from our answer to De Jong, Pete Kilgour. This sent the number 10 over the edge and he started flying at anyone who touched the ball, regardless of whether that touch was last week. Jonathan Mackie, trying to calm the situation as ever, asked him if he can't tackle and can't play football, what can he do? Another late tackle on Jack Wallace and a telling off by the referee and he was quickly withdrawn by the Parkway management.
Didsbury slowly began to get a foothold in the game when disaster struck. Their striker latched on to a nicely weighted through ball only to go down under a challenge from Pete Cowley. Cowley was stunned, and quite rightly as I'm certain he was nowhere near him as he flung himself to the floor. Either way the first card of the game. From the resulting free kick and averagely struck shot took a wicked deflection off the end of the wall and looped over an outstretched Wayne Rogers in goal to find the back of the net. 0-1. Didsbury continued to look the better side and started carving out some chances and Parkway had their keeper to thank shortly after making a great point blank save from Connolly and then the rebound floating agonising over the bar as Wallace tried to guide it past the covering defenders.
The management explained that we were the better team and the goals will come, just keeping play how we are.
Didsbury continued where they left off and pressed the Parkway defence without creating too many clear cut chances, until finally a breakthrough. Those on the sidelines will tell their grandchildren that they were there when the Didsbury 2's scored from a corner. Wallace hits it deep to the back post where Adam Ferguson like a Glaswegian giving a kiss to someone a foot taller than them, nodded the ball back across goal for Stu Williams to nod in. 1-1.
This seemed to calm Didsbury and they started playing some excellent football and a deserved 2nd goal came shortly after, a perfectly weighted through ball to Ferguson who makes no mistake, slotting it past the onrushing keeper.
The game became a bit more stretched and both teams missed some guilt edge chances with both keepers saving their backline, most notably Rogers who took one on the chin, literally, deflecting what looked to be a certain goal over the bar.
Then a big let off as Williams does his best Jackie Chan impression when trying to clear the ball out the penalty box and at the same time tries to take the head off their midfielder. The referee was either momentarily distracted by the banter on the touch line or thought he was officiating a UFC match and allowed play to go on.
Didsbury continued to create chances and finally put the game out of reach of their opponents. Didsbury have a throw in on the right, Plow takes the ball in his hands and launches a perfect ball into the box, which leaves the simplest of finishes for Ferguson. OK, I will give Ferguson a bit of credit, he brings the ball down and jinks it past the defender taking it towards the touch line but rather than crossing and finding a team mate he lashes it across the goal into the far top corner van Basten esque. 3-1.
A few more chances were squandered by Chris Kelly and Ferguson for his hattrick but it was comfortably seen out in the closing stages, even if the referee got into the Christmas spirit by handing out a few more cards to Williams and Mark ‘The Body’ Hield. A good win in the end and much the better team, all that was left was for the Body's weekly panic about losing something only to discover it was where he left it and for John "The Troll" Battersby to get behind his keyboard and hurl some expletives over twitter.
Words by Jack Wallace.
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