GOALS: McDonald, Kilgour, Smith, Corbett, Whiteley (2), Vasko, Menghini ASSISTS: Bishop, Smith, New, Agyeman (2), Vasko MAN OF THE MATCH: Whiteley
Didsbury hand out the tricks but there were no treats for Withington
It was a perfect Sunday morning for football. Captain, Colin McDonald, showed commitment and rocked up in his halloween outfit. His skin tight trousers clearly causing some pain in the ball sack region.
The game kicked off to a reasonable start. Both teams playing well with neither team dominating. After around 20 minutes McDonald had seen enough and stepped up for a David Beckamesque free kick. The ball looped into the top left corner. Col was so ashamed he pulled it off, he didn’t even bother to celebrate. The keeper was left red faced after watching the ball drop into the net.
The first goal made the difference. It gave Didsbury extra confidence and the opposition lost their momentum. The home side went on to score some good goals with Chris Bishop setting up Kieran Smith and Smith later returning the favour by setting up Mike Corbett. Both goals scored probably within 5 minutes of each other and both from crosses.
As the opposition conceded more goals they became more frustrated and angry and even resulted to throwing the ball at Smith’s face at one point. One of the highlights of the game came when an unnamed spectator shouted “mate, you look like a gargoyle, it’s no longer Halloween so you can take your mask off.”
Didsbury continued to score goals in the second half and the opposition gave up, regularly moaning to the ref. The ref, fed up of their moaning asked their centre half if he had ‘behavioral issues’.Four more goals were scored in the 2nd half with Gaz New setting up Tom Whiteley for a perfect header. The goal of the match was also scored with Corbett dummying to set up Pavol Vasko for an outside of the boot worldie.
The last 10 - 15 minutes of the match were rather scrappy but Didsbury still managed to create decent chances.
Overall it was a strong performance from Didsbury with clinical finishing being the difference. Both teams had their chances, however, Didsbury were able to put the ball in the back of the net. The only threat offered by the opposition was their no. 7 winger but decent slide tackles by Jonathan Mackie and Pete Kilgour (often taking man rather than ball) kept him out of trouble. Man of the match was given to Whiteley for a sterling performance in midfield. This win keeps up the momentum for AFC Didsbury and there was a great deal of relief at the final whistle considering most of the players were either drunk or hungover!
Words by Amit Tauro
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