Goals: Corbett (2), Whiteley, Hay Assists: Vasko, Corbett, McDonald, Berté Man of the Match: Battersby
Didsbury dump Albert out of the cup
Stunning sunny afternoon, not a single cloud in the sky! Where could we be? Simon Field in Didsbury and two decent squads are up for the John Old Cup Round 1.
The pitch still seemed to be soaked but it did not affect the quality of the match and AFC Didsbury’s performance that has been quite good for the last few weeks and hopefully will remain until the end of the season.
Didsbury knew what to expect from their opponent as they faced each other in pre-season. Albert 1874 will likely join Didsbury in the Mikey Williams Premiership next season.
The home side started the match quite hectic and Albert’s quick passes and constant movements produced some chances and corners for them. They did not make it easier for Didsbury who could not get any decent passes in a row so after first 10minutes all the Didsbury fans were starting to worry about the result.
However, that did not last long! After a misunderstanding in the opponent’s defence, the keeper tried to save the ball, which was already a metre out. The ball ended up on Pavol Vasko’s right foot, who without bad feeling (despite knowing that the ball was out), set the ball to Mike Corbett who confirmed his reputation of “a killer” and didn’t give a chance for the defenders to stop his shot.
As the time was passing by the game was becoming more and more tough with some incidents on both sides.
After approx. 30 minutes, Didsbury midfielder Tom Whitelely found himself in front of the keeper “his favorite position” and surprisingly on this occasion delivered the ball uncompromisingly behind the keeper’s back.
He couldn’t celebrate his goal in a more appropriate style - diving into their midfielder… as if the game wasn’t already tough! = Personally it has my vote for the celebration of the year.
After the goal, Didsbury’s midfielders started playing some decent football, Berté didn’t disappoint, showing that he didn’t need more than 2 weeks to get back on track. Altogether with Colin McDonald, Neil Creasey and Whiteley, they played some really flowing football.
Albert did not give up, they tried to break through the Didsbury’s defence quite a few times but unsuccessfully as centre-backs John Battersby and Wayne Rogers stood firm, with Adam Musson and Ben Jaffray keeping it tight either side.
The Second half had a similar scenario to the first one as both teams played open football, which created space in the middle and made the football exciting.
Corbett ran into an open space where he collected an excellent pass that was sent through from McDonald and he delivered it to the top right corner!!! No spider’s web left in the corner!!!
Substitutions were made; Jonathan Mackie, John Corcoran, Gareth New and Mike Hay got on the pitch that brought some fresh air into Didsbury’s wings.
First it was Corcoran who had an excellent start and passed some good balls around and tested to see if the keeper was still paying attention but unfortunately his shot just missed the right corner.
Midfielder, Berté, sent a brilliant ball to Hay, who calmly rolled the ball behind the keeper’s back. In spite of a defender chasing the ball, he could still celebrate his first goal the season. Congratulations!
The opponents managed to modify the score but that just wasn’t enough this Sunday and it will take a few more Sundays for them to reach the calmness and patience of AFC Didsbury.