AFC Didsbury 3 - 2 Lass O Gowrie
AFC Didsbury: Hargreaves, Musson (C), Rogers, Battersby, Jaffray, Robins, Creasey, Mackie (Stiff), McDonald, MacHugh (Wallace), Corbett.
Goals: Corbett, Rogers (2)
Man of the Match: Rogers
AFC Didsbury crowned MASFL Division 1 Champions courtesy of two spectacular strikes.
Centre-back Wayne Rogers produced two goals of the highest calibre in the second half to ensure Didsbury achieved promotion in a nervy affair.
Didsbury have been guilty of starting slowly this season and went behind after only three minutes when a stray pass was intercepted and a first-time strike from 25 yards dipped in over Didsbury goalkeeper David Hargreaves.
Didsbury’s response was to retain possession, build from the back and use the pace of the wingers Leigh Robins and Colin McDonald who both fashioned several chances only for the Lass O’Gowrie defence to hold firm.
The equaliser for came when central midfielder Neil Creasey slid a through-ball inside the penalty area and top goalscorer Mike Corbett slotted home from close range. A spell of several corners and a couple of good saves from the Lass O’Gowrie goalkeeper ensured the scores were level at half-time.
With Didsbury needing a win to secure the league title they resumed the second-half where they left off with neat interchanges of passes and great movement from the front four posing real threat to the opposition. The pressure told and Didsbury took the lead with a contender for goal of the season when a corner was cleared just shy of the halfway line; Wayne Rogers gained control of the bouncing clearance and slammed a half-volley from no less than 40 yards which swerved, dipped and nestled in the top right corner.
Not content with his first strike he sealed the win with another long-range effort arguably as good as the first when a cross was cleared to the inside right channel running away from goal he struck a driven half-volley across goal from 30 yards which found the top-left corner.
Didsbury were left with a nervy final 10 minutes when they conceded a sloppy goal but they dug in and were good value for the win which capped off a fine second season culminating in their second league title and promotion to the MASFL Premier Division.
Words by David Hargreaves