AFC Didsbury: Gary Brookes, Ben Jaffray, Paul Johnson, Colin McDonald, Ciaran Bermingham (Jonny Owen), Gareth Lee, Lloyd Darlington, Rick Peat, Gareth New (Pete Kilgour), Ross Menghini, Tega Ighofose (Jack Wallace).
Goals: Menghini Assists: Peat Man of the Match: Peat
Not Such A Happy Ending
29th April will go down as the day that the curtain fell on AFC Didsbury 2014/2015 season but there was no fairy tale finish for the MASFL’s middle class maestros. The conditions were perfect for football, the sun was setting slowly, the grass was ideal and Corbs’ sunny Wednesday personality was glowing from the side line.
Didsbury started brightly with centre back, John "Quiche" Battersby, giving his new boots a good test by dummying their right back and flashing a shot over the bar. Although, he quickly realised this was as good as it was going to get for him and he quickly ran for the side-line. This allowed Didsbury’s veteran, Paul Johnson, a chance to show everyone why he will be missed next season when he hangs his boots up. The first goal came against the run of play for Davyhulme. A cross into the box was headed out to the 18yrd box where the Davyhulme centre forward managed to fall over backwards and flukely knock the ball into the bottom corner.
This set back didn’t get AFCD down and they started to look good in possession and get their wingers running at the Davyhulme defence. Rick “Tricky” Peat was terrorising the number 8 and with a drop of the shoulder slipped the ball through his legs to shouts of “MEGS” from the Didsbury sideline. AFCD new boy Tega Ighofose was making light work of the Davyhulme defence and they had to resort to rugby style tackles to stop the young Nigerian in his tracks. Most referees need to go to “Spec Savers” but this could be the first ref that needs to go to “Hidden Hearing”: After one horrendous challenge Tega politely and calmly (the AFCD way) tried to explain to the ref that maybe he had been fouled, however, the ref must have heard a Corbs style rant of “Oi, prickface!!! Are you shitting me!!! How the f*ck are you not giving that!!! You must be taking the piss*” either way the ref decided to give the Didsbury forward a yellow for his troubles.
The second half started much the same as the first with AFCD applying the pressure on Davyhulme, however it was the visitors that got the next goal. A ball floated into the back post and headed home. This setback only spurred AFCD on. A goal did come for the home side, a good passing move down the right allowed Peat to pull it back for Ross Menghini, AFCD’s top goal scorer, to finish. Didsbury pushed hard for a winner in the last 15 minutes with some American football style tactics being used to try and fool the opposition defence. A free kick outside the box, so John Battersby from the “Specials Teams”, comes on to add his height to the attack……but the free kick was nowhere near him so he trotted back off the pitch. The only other notable mentions in the second half was that Rick Peat actually lasted 90 minutes (although after about 75mins he did try the usual trick of getting off to have a little rest but Mussinho was having none of it) and Pete Kilgour tried his best to use his left foot to land the ball into the Mersey, but this time he could only just clear the trees. As the sunset on the day and AFC Didsbury's season, the team will reflect on a season that promised so much but due to an Arsenal-style injury crisis, will end lower than expected. Just remember lads, we always have #1nilday - the myth has gone #AFCD #smilesonfaces
Words by Ciaran Bermingham
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