AFC Didsbury 4 - 0 Lass O Gowrie
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Musson, Rogers, Battersby (C), Bermingham, Stiff (Mackie), Bishop, Harrison, MacHugh, Corbett, Quaye (Trecarichi)
Goals: Bishop (2), Quaye, Corbett
Assists: Corbett (2), Bishop
Man of the Match: Bishop
Didsbury hit a fantastic four past Lass
Didsbury continued their strong start to the new season with an accomplished performance, which was also rewarded with a first clean sheet of the season.
Memories of clinching the 1st division title against the same side in last season’s final game were put to one side and Didsbury got off to a dream start. New recruit and man of the match Chris Bishop opened the scoring with a magnificent right foot strike from a full 35 yards with the game still in its infancy. This was followed shortly by Ollie Quaye, in the right place at the right time to follow up an attempt by Mike Corbett after he was intelligently picked out by Kieran MacHugh.
Following a rare set-piece, Lass O Gowrie threatened briefly but their effort was cleared off the line by full back, Adam Musson. Didsbury then went in search of more goals, after some good work by Quaye down the left wing found Corbett, whose shot was parried into the path of Bishop, who calmly slotted home his second.
Presentable chances for Quaye, Corbett and MacHugh all went begging as Didsbury attempted to kill the game off but the score remained 3-0 at half time.
The second half saw Lass O Gowrie apply significant pressure on Didsbury, enjoying more possession but without really threatening the Didsbury goal. Knowing the next goal would be crucial, the timing of Didsbury’s fourth killed the game as a contest. When Bishop found MacHugh on the edge of the back post, he neatly turned onto his left foot and dispatched a thunderous effort into the top corner.
A deserved win and clean sheet for Didsbury is promising but the squad knows that the hard work has only just begun.
Words by Ollie Quaye.