AFC Didsbury 1 - 3 Gold Cup
AFC Didsbury: Phillipson, Mackie, Rogers, Harrison, Jaffray, Robins, Creasey (C), MacHugh (Stiff), New (Hargreaves), Gillon, Corbett (Trecarichi).
Man of the Match: Mackie
AFC Didsbury punished by clinical Gold Cup
AFC Didsbury slumped to their first defeat of the season, as they failed to make an impact against a strong Gold Cup side.
Both teams started the game at a frenetic pace and several strong challenges forced the referee into action early in game.
In the 20th minute Gold Cup opened the scoring with a quick interchange of passes, which culminated in their lone striker turning the Didsbury defence and hitting a dipping strike from 25 yards out, leaving Didsbury ’keeper, Phillipson, with no chance.
Didsbury responded well through incisive runs from right-back, with Mackie linking well with Rogers and creating the first openings. Gillon then fired over from a free-kick outside the box and several Didsbury corners were easily dealt with by Gold Cup.
Gold Cup struck again on the 35th minute after a corner from the right was flicked towards the back post and their lively striker was allowed time again, to pick out the top right corner, despite the presence of a Didsbury man on the goal-line.
Moments before half-time Gillon was unlucky not to score when a low drive was superbly saved by the legs of the Gold Cup ‘keeper when a goal seemed certain.
The half-time break seemed to galvanise Didsbury who came out with real intent and purpose. Creasey so often the driving force in midfield forced two fine saves from the Gold Cup goalkeeper and Gillon went close with a low drive.
The comeback was snuffed out when Gold Cup’s third came after Didsbury pushed forward and were left exposed at the back when a low cross was turned in at the near post. Didsbury did claim a consolation with two minutes to go when Gillon pulled the ball back for Trecarichi to apply a fine finish but it was too late for Didsbury.
Words by David Hargreaves