AFC Didsbury 2 - 2 MUSC (AET: AFCD progress to the next round after penalties)
AFC Didsbury: Hargreaves, Mackie, Rogers, Battersby (C), Jaffray, Robins, Creasey, Stiff, McDonald (Wallace), Harrison (Quaye), MacHugh (Trecarichi).
Goals: MacHugh, Harrison Assists: Robins, Stiff Man of the Match: Battersby
Classy Didsbury show strong spirit in controversial Cup Tie
Perfect conditions at Turn Moss this Sunday as AFC Didsbury embarked on their cup campaign against Premiership side MUSC. Didsbury were not fazed by the challenge and dominated the early exchanges and their pressure was rewarded when Kieran MacHugh picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box and drove a shot in-off the post to give Didsbury the lead.
Didsbury were relatively untroubled throughout the first half due to having an extra man for the first half hour but a string of bad challenges from both sides culminated in a booking for Colin McDonald and scrappy interchanges up until the break.
The second half was a far more even affair with MUSC using their physical advantage to gain a foothold in the match but the equaliser came from a bizarre incident. Mike Stiff left the field with a blood injury and a drop ball was intended to be uncontested with MUSC giving back possession to Didsbury goalkeeper Hargreaves. However, the MUSC centre forward disgraced himself with a display of unsportsmanlike behaviour when he picked up the ball and proceeded to round the goalkeeper and slot home. Protests were waved away and the equalising goal stood.
Didsbury kept their cool and a free-kick from Mike Stiff was saved well but the loose ball dropped to Matt Harrison who restored the lead. MUSC pulled level once more when a long ball wasn’t dealt with and slotted home making it 2-2.
The game went into extra-time and with both teams flagging there was little chances for either side and it headed to penalties. AFC Didsbury showed commendable character when they shook the hands of the opposition players, after such a controversial battle that lasted over 120 minutes. Justice was served in the end and Didsbury now look forward to the next round.