AFC Didsbury 4 - 3 Motown
AFC Didsbury: Hargreaves, Jaffray, Rogers, Battersby (C), Bermingham (Wallace), Robins (Trecarichi), Creasey, McDonald (Stiff), MacHugh, Harrison, Corbett.
Goals: Corbett (2), Creasey (2)
Assists: Creasey, Corbett (2), Jaffray
Man of the Match: Corbett
Didsbury survive late scare to progress into the quarter-finals of the JA Kennedy Cup.
After scraping through in the previous round against MUSC lower league opposition Motown coming off the back of 8 straight victories were to prove a worthy adversary.
The first half was scrappy with Motown edging the opening exchanges and caused trouble from set-pieces and deliveries from their right flank. Didsbury central midfielder Colin McDonald was forced off what looked like a dislocated shoulder providing further disruption to the flow of the game. Didsbury opened the scoring when Neil Creasey played the perfect through ball to Mike Corbett who finished expertly.
Didsbury doubled their lead with Corbett turned provider for Creasey who ghosted past two defenders before drilling a low shot past the goalkeeper. Before the break Motown grabbed a goal back when a long ball beat the Didsbury defence and David Hargreaves too hastily rushed out from his line to be beaten by a fine lobbed finish.
Immediately after the break Corbett was sent clear in the area only to be felled by the Motown goalkeeper and Creasey dispatched the penalty to restore the two goal cushion. This was later extended when Corbett finished off Ben Jaffray’s run down the right to make it 4-1.
Didsbury should have seen the game off but overcommitted from an attacking corner and were caught out on the break, Motown narrowing the lead to 4-2. Didsbury centre half, John Battersby will be very disappointed not to have scored, after he found himself unmarked at the back post but still failed to hit the target with a weak headed attempt. The away side then showed him how it was done, as moments later, they bundled the ball in at the back post for 4-3. Motown then proceeded to throw everything at Didsbury and were nearly rewarded with an equaliser when Hargreaves spilled a high ball in the area but redeemed himself with a spectacular stop at full stretch 6 yards out.
Didsbury clung on despite the late scare and will now face Sierra Stars in the quarter finals.
Words by David Hargreaves
Picture by Luke Rose