AFC Didsbury 1 - 2 Parkway Dynamo
AFC Didsbury - Hargreaves, Musson (C), Rogers, Mackie, Bermingham (Jaffray), Stiff, Creasey, Harrison, Wallace (Robins), Corbett, MacHugh (Quaye).
Man of the Match: Rogers
AFC Didsbury slump to third straight defeat at hands of Parkway Dynamo
Parkway Dynamo produced a resilient comeback to make it three straight defeats for AFC Didsbury in all competitions.
Parkway went into the game having conceded the fewest goals in the league but this looked to change after a curled free-kick was superbly stopped by the Parkway ‘keeper tipping it on to the bar early on from Kieran MacHugh. MacHugh was to be denied only shortly however as he picked up the ball 25 yards out and after creating space drilled a dipping low shot into the bottom right leaving the ‘keeper trailing. Didsbury followed the goal with a spell of sustained possession and created further chances but the Parkway defence held firm.
After the initial dominance from Didsbury came the inevitable response from Parkway. After a number of corners, which had been well dealt with, a partially cleared corner was fed back into the box and the ball rebounded loose to the Parkway forward who was adjudged to have been clipped. The subsequent penalty was confidently dispatched sending Hargreaves the wrong way and the teams went into the break level at 1-1.
Didsbury have been guilty of conceding from set-pieces this season and the eventual winner, from Parkway, came from a set-piece flighted flat into the box. The Didsbury defence stepped out in an attempt to force their opponents offside, but on this occasion they got it wrong and a controlled volley back across goal made it 2-1.
Didsbury pressed forward in hope of an equaliser but the resilience of the Parkway defence restricted chances to a premium. Mike Corbett could have bagged an equaliser but the defence again were quick to close him down when put through and chances fell to top-scorer Creasey but again much credit must be given to Parkway’s organisation and defence for closing out the win.
Words by David Hargreaves