AFC Didsbury 3 - 2 Inter Mancs
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Musson, Johnson, Rogers, Jaffray, Stiff, Bishop (C), Mackie, Wallace (Berté), Harrison, MacHugh (New).
Goals:Bishop, MacHugh, Stiff
Assists: Harrison (2)
Man of the Match: Harrison
AFC Didsbury dug out a hard fought victory against a determined
Didsbury started the game slowly, conceding a sloppy goal within the opening 5 minutes after a shot was blocked and the rebound was bundled in by
the opposing striker.
However, that seemed to wake Didsbury from their slumber as they struck twice in 10 minutes. The first came when Mike Stiff looked long with his throw and his delivery fell to Matt Harrison, whose flick-on found the Didsbury’s Captain, Chris Bishop, who headed home from close range. Didsbury’s quick-fire second came when MacHugh curled a sumptuous free kick across the face of goal and into the bottom corner to complete the turn around.
The crucial 3rd was scored moments before half time when Harrison was felled in the box, for Stiff to side foot the resulting penalty into the bottom corner.
Inter Mancs began to press higher up the pitch and seemingly looked like they would make their way back into the contest. Didsbury keeper, James Leighton, had to remain on full alert, most notably when he was forced to make a fine save at full stretch, after an Inter Mancs free kick appeared destined for the top corner.
The continuous pressure from the away side did eventually pay off when the referee awarded a penalty for a push on an Inter Mancs forward, which was duly dispatched to make the game 3-2.
Both teams had chances to score further goals, but Didsbury dug deep to grind out the victory and remain second in the table.
Words by Jonathan Mackie