AFC Didsbury 3 - 2 Celta
AFC Didsbury: Leonard, Musson (C), Rogers, Battersby, Jaffray (Mackie), Harrison, Creasey, MacHugh (New), Robins, Corbett, Gillon (Hargreaves).
Goals: Harrison, Creasey, New
Assists: Musson, Gillon, Corbett
Man of the Match: Creasey
AFC Didsbury survive late scare to maintain their 100% record
Goals from Matt Harrison, Neil Creasey and Gareth New ensured that AFC Didsbury stick to winning ways and retain the top spot in Division One.
The match was slow to bring to life as both teams were guilty of relinquishing possession in the opening exchanges. Celta created the majority of the better chances of the first half and goalkeeper Antony Leonard was forced into a fine save from a one on one just inside the six yard box.
It looked like 0-0 would be a fair reflection going into the break, however after switching the play quickly to the right flank a measured deep cross from captain Adam Musson was met superbly by Matt Harrison at the back post to give Didsbury the lead.
As good as Didsbury have been going forward this season, they have been prone to conceding goals. They could consider themselves unlucky for the equaliser which came from a penalty when a Celta shot was deemed to have struck Jonathan Mackie’s arm allowing them to level.
With thirty minutes to go Andy Gillon nutmegged the Celta centre-back and won a penalty which was confidently dispatched by Didsbury’s man of the match, Neil Creasey, for his 6th goal of the season. Minutes later Didsbury looked to have sealed the win when Corbett played in substitue Gareth New, who scored with a low strike from just inside the 18 yard box.
Didsbury conceded a late goal after a ricochet caught the defence off guard and played Celta in to make it 3-2 but the home side were rarely troubled for the final few minutes and held on to claim a valuable three points.
Words by David Hargreaves