Goals: Corcoran, Vasko, Corbett Assists: Creasey, Musson, Wallace Man of the Match: Creasey
Stop start Didsbury end up on top.
Didsbury’s superior football skill was just enough to beat a spirited yet far inferior MVFC side and helped them progress to the second round of the J A Kennedy Cup.
The game started brightly for Didsbury who tried to adapt to the under 8's sized football pitch as best they could. Typical Didsbury tika taka led to Neil Creasey cutting through MVFC down the right flank, flashing a cross/shot across the box feeding the lively John Corcoran for an easy Fanny Jeffers type finish.
From then on Didsbury started to dominate. French fancy, Luke Berté, lending the ball right and left, with his paintbrush feet clubbing the MVFC midfield pack like a bunch of baby seals being clubbed to death by some real mean guys from Canada. The second goal came minutes later, the extremely adaptable and all round good guy, Colin McDonald, filling in at centre half winning yet another ball from the gangly Peter Crouch love child, hired to somehow penetrate the Didsbury defence.
His ball was fed into the midfield and after a slick interchange of passing found its way out onto the right flank, full-back, Adam Musson, whipped in a ball so good, his man crush David Beckham would have had sticky undies over it! The ball found its way to the back post, where Pavol Vasko met it with his Vidal Sassoon inspired locks and fired it into the back of the net.
On the day before St Patricks day, this was not to be the easy morning that the Didsbury faithful had envisaged and as the old Irish saying goes " a hut is a palace to a poor man" and at 2-0 MVFC knew they still had a chance.
Didsbury shuffled the pack and with their first real interchange in the game, MVFC created an opening. The midfielder with the chippy tits fed the ball to the MVFC striker, forcing the impressive and always vocal goalkeeper Gary Brookes (who can lay claim to the freshest pork purse in Sunday league football) to rush out. The striker calmly rounded him and slotted home.
The game then settled into an ugly affair with both sets of teams spending more time chatting about last week’s dinner date (while the constantly out of play football was retrieved from some nearby bush) than actually getting the ball on the deck and playing football.
But, before you could say "Prince Harry's got a beard", MVFC struck again in almost identical circumstances to their previous attack and at 2-2 Didsbury were looking at the drunk Irish referee for the half time completion. At some points the away side found themselves riding their luck with a few penalty claims but the referee had deemed MVFC guilty of voluntary simulation plunges.
At half time stern words by player/manager, Musson, brought the Didsbury troops into line. McDonald reverted back to centre half to form his partnership with jelly eating warrior Jonny Mackie and the goalscoring darlec, Mike Corbett, was brought on to add his touch of class and teachers temperament to the affair.
Although the second half dinner date chats were still an active occurrence, when the ball wasn’t on the pitch, it was Didsbury who looked the brighter on the TV dial. Unlikely source, Ben Jaffray, finding a lot of joy on the left and after finding his fellow Cumbrian marra Matty Harrison, with a larl ball inside, Harrison ghosted the ball out to the flank, which resulted in a Vasko effort hitting the post. With the midfield area being so packed Creasey and Harrison were busier than a one legged man in a kicking contest but were intelligent enough to get the ball out wide early to Vasko and the ever reliable Jack Wallace, who never stopped running all game. Debutant, Gareth Lee, picking up where Wallace had left off with some neat touches to give the Didsbury men a glimpse of what the future will hold - if he can up his shower ratio he will surely be integrated into the Didsbury pack in mere matter of weeks.
MVFC had chances too but the Didsbury back line remained in control. They did have the ball in the net from a corner, however if the ginger centre half wishes to engage in grappling like he did, it's only a matter of time before he swaps his football shorts for a sumo nappy, and the goal was correctly chalked off.
Didsbury saw out the game and rightly came off the end as winners but will look at this as day when they didn't hit their own high standards and will need to correct this next week with some Gary goals and happy high fives a plenty.
Goals: Corbett (2), Whiteley, Hay Assists: Vasko, Corbett, McDonald, Berté Man of the Match: Battersby
Didsbury dump Albert out of the cup
Stunning sunny afternoon, not a single cloud in the sky! Where could we be? Simon Field in Didsbury and two decent squads are up for the John Old Cup Round 1.
The pitch still seemed to be soaked but it did not affect the quality of the match and AFC Didsbury’s performance that has been quite good for the last few weeks and hopefully will remain until the end of the season.
Didsbury knew what to expect from their opponent as they faced each other in pre-season. Albert 1874 will likely join Didsbury in the Mikey Williams Premiership next season.
The home side started the match quite hectic and Albert’s quick passes and constant movements produced some chances and corners for them. They did not make it easier for Didsbury who could not get any decent passes in a row so after first 10minutes all the Didsbury fans were starting to worry about the result.
However, that did not last long! After a misunderstanding in the opponent’s defence, the keeper tried to save the ball, which was already a metre out. The ball ended up on Pavol Vasko’s right foot, who without bad feeling (despite knowing that the ball was out), set the ball to Mike Corbett who confirmed his reputation of “a killer” and didn’t give a chance for the defenders to stop his shot.
As the time was passing by the game was becoming more and more tough with some incidents on both sides.
After approx. 30 minutes, Didsbury midfielder Tom Whitelely found himself in front of the keeper “his favorite position” and surprisingly on this occasion delivered the ball uncompromisingly behind the keeper’s back.
He couldn’t celebrate his goal in a more appropriate style - diving into their midfielder… as if the game wasn’t already tough! = Personally it has my vote for the celebration of the year.
After the goal, Didsbury’s midfielders started playing some decent football, Berté didn’t disappoint, showing that he didn’t need more than 2 weeks to get back on track. Altogether with Colin McDonald, Neil Creasey and Whiteley, they played some really flowing football.
Albert did not give up, they tried to break through the Didsbury’s defence quite a few times but unsuccessfully as centre-backs John Battersby and Wayne Rogers stood firm, with Adam Musson and Ben Jaffray keeping it tight either side.
The Second half had a similar scenario to the first one as both teams played open football, which created space in the middle and made the football exciting.
Corbett ran into an open space where he collected an excellent pass that was sent through from McDonald and he delivered it to the top right corner!!! No spider’s web left in the corner!!!
Substitutions were made; Jonathan Mackie, John Corcoran, Gareth New and Mike Hay got on the pitch that brought some fresh air into Didsbury’s wings.
First it was Corcoran who had an excellent start and passed some good balls around and tested to see if the keeper was still paying attention but unfortunately his shot just missed the right corner.
Midfielder, Berté, sent a brilliant ball to Hay, who calmly rolled the ball behind the keeper’s back. In spite of a defender chasing the ball, he could still celebrate his first goal the season. Congratulations!
The opponents managed to modify the score but that just wasn’t enough this Sunday and it will take a few more Sundays for them to reach the calmness and patience of AFC Didsbury.