AFC Didsbury 7 - 1 Celta
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Musson, Rogers, Battersby (C), Bermingham, Vasko, Creasey, Stiff, Wallace (MacHugh), Harrison, Corbett.
Goals: Creasey, Corbett (4), Vasko, MacHugh
Assists: Vasko (2), Harrison (3), MacHugh, Wallace
Man of the Match: Creasey
Didsbury in seventh heaven after opening day
Newly promoted pair AFC Didsbury and Celta tussled in their first outing in the MASFL's top flight, and Didsbury showed why they were crowned Division 1 Champions last season, romping home to an eventual 7-1 victory.
Before the game all the hype surrounded Didsbury's new Slovak signing Pavol Vasko. With his energy allowing him to be a thorn in the side of the Celta attack, as well as a constant worry for their defence. The nimble, fleet-footed eastern-European did not disappoint, as he provided two assists as well as bagging himself a debut goal.
The first half of the game finished 1-0 to Didsbury with man of the match, Neil Creasey, belting home from close range. The ball fell kindly to Creasey’s feet after a venomous strike from Vasko, which forced an excellent save from the opposition goalkeeper. There were a number of appeals from the Celta players, as the goal came as a result of a questionable decision for a corner given in Didsbury's favour.
The second half however, was very much a one-sided affair. Didsbury made their fitness show through wave after wave of attacks on the Celta goal.
On numerous occasions Matt Harrison parted the Celta central pairing like Moses at the Red Sea. He provided the assists for the next three goals, as Corbett, Vasko and MacHugh made no mistake in front of goal and lengthened the margin to 4-0.
The frustration began to show from Celta and their day got much worse after they had a man sent off for kicking out at Didsbury’s right back, Adam Musson.
The home side then used the new rolling substitutes rule to good effect, giving Corbett a short breather on the sidelines, only for him to return to the field and score another three goals in quick succession. After scoring 22 goals last year, Corbett is already looking like he intends to come back with a similar return this season.
Celta managed to snatch a late consolation goal, after a slip at the back left the opposition centre forward one on one with Didsbury’s other new signing, goalkeeper James Leighton.
There is no doubt that there will be tougher tests to come, but Didsbury picked up where they left of last season, and will be glad to get points on the board at their first attempt.
Match report by Matthew Harrison