AFC Didsbury 4 - 3 Sierra Stars
AFC Didsbury: Westhall, Jaffray, Rogers, Mackie, Bermingham, Wallace, Stiff, Creasey, Quaye (Hargreaves), Trecarichi, Harrison (C).
Goals: Quaye, Trecarichi, Harrison, Creasey
Assists: Harrison (2), Creasey, Quaye
Man of the Match: Creasey
Christmas Cracker as Didsbury see off the Stars
Owing to scheduling and bad weather, Didsbury took to the field not having played a competitive match in 3 weeks.
Fears of match sharpness were allayed early on, following a throw-in from the left, Matt Harrison executed a neat turn and laid the ball off to Ollie Quaye, who wrong-footed the keeper at his near post.
The joy was short lived however when Neil Creasey mistimed a last ditch tackle to give away a penalty at the other end, which was despatched into the far corner giving keeper William Westhall no chance.
Almost instantly Creasey atoned for his earlier error, arrowing a free-kick from the right perfectly towards Paul Trecarichi, who made a darting run to the near post and produced a crisp finish high into the roof of the net.
When a Didsbury corner was cleared to Creasey, he found Quaye who nodded the ball over the head of the last defender, and Harrison raced onto the knock-down, and fired his shot left footed across the Sierra goalkeeper. Harrison was involved again with the 4th just before half time, when quick thinking from him and Creasey at a short corner led to Creasey’s deflected shot ending up in the back of the net.
The second half brought a change around in fortunes for Didsbury, as they seemed to lose focus and soon after the break they lost a goal when poor marking allowed a tap in following a ball played square across the area.
Soon after Sierra pulled back another when a curling effort from the edge of the area flew into the net after Didsbury switched off. After this there were good chances for both sides, but Didsbury held firm and go into the Christmas break with a deserved victory.
Words by Ollie Quaye