Urmston Town 1 - 2 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Hargreaves, Musson (C), Rogers, Johnson, Mackie, Robins (Wallace), Stiff, McDonald (Creasey), MacHugh (Bermingham), Harrison, Corbett.
Goals: MacHugh, Rogers
Assists: Corbett (2)
Man of the Match: Corbett
Didsbury kept their title hopes alive with a hard fought victory away at Urmston Town.
Usually notorious for slow starts, it seemed the evening kick off helped Didsbury as they took the lead within the opening ten minutes, when a quick throw-in was laid off by Michael Stiff for Michael Corbett to beat the off-side trap and whip a low cross in for Kieran MacHugh to drill the opener into the roof of the net.
The early pressure by Didsbury paid dividends when a corner was cut back to the edge of the 18 yard box, where centre back Wayne Rogers hit a fierce low shot into the far corner to make it 2-0.
Urmston Town started to get the upper hand of the game in the closing stages of the first half. The ball was cleared off the line by Jonny Mackie when keeper Hargreaves parried a shot from a one on one.
Urmston continued to have the upper hand in the opening to the second half and made their pressure pay when a free kick positioned out on the right hand touchline, beat the Didsbury defence and goalkeeper Hargreaves, to find its way in at the far post.
The game then, like the weather, turned drab, with neither team troubling the opposing goal keepers and Didsbury held on for a much needed win.
Words by Jonathan Mackie
Fallowfield 4 - 3 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Hargreaves, Musson (C), Johnson (Rogers), Battersby, Rushton (MacHugh), Robins, Creasey, McDonald, Mackie, Trecarichi (Stiff), Corbett.
Goals: Creasey, Corbett, McDonald
Man of the Match: Battersby
AFC Didsbury slump to defeat after a superb performance by Fallowfield
AFC Didsbury were beaten in an enthralling high scoring match against a much improved Fallowfield side.
Both teams started the game at a calm composed pace with the sides keen to play the ball on what was a superb surface. Didsbury conceded a cheap free-kick on the halfway line and a high ball caused confusion dropping in behind their defence with no-one getting a touch it skidded past Hargreaves.
Fallowfield doubled their lead with a superb header from a drilled corner which found the top right corner of the goal from 12 yards, beating both the goalkeeper and defender on the line.
Didsbury then asserted themselves into the game and a flurry of chances were created from set pieces with Paul Johnson coming close twice and Paul Trecarichi forcing a wonderful reflex save from the Fallowfield goalkeeper. A deflected strike from Colin MacDonald forced yet another another great stop and a low strike was initially spilled and eventually scrambled away.
The second half saw Didsbury force themselves back into the game when their territorial possession culminated in Neil Creasey slamming a low strike from just inside the box which finally broke the Fallowfield defence’s resistance.
Fallowfield restored their two goal cushion when a free-kick was not properly cleared and was volleyed goalwards and the slightest of deflections left Hargreaves flat-footed and beaten at his near post. The lead was further extended when a deep cross bypassed the Didsbury defence to be bundled home for 4-1.
Didsbury pushed to salvage something from the game and Mike Corbett pulled one back with a placed finish after capitalising on a misplaced pass before Colin Macdonald gave hope for a result for Didsbury. Despite a late onslaught it was not to be and defeat leaves the title race wide open going into the final 3 games.
Words by David Hargreaves
AFC Didsbury 6 - 1 The Drum
AFC Didsbury: Eaves, Rushton, Rogers, Battersby (C), Jaffray (Bermingham), Mackie, Creasey, McDonald, MacHugh (Richardson), Harrison, Corbett.
Goals: Creasey, Harrison (3), Richardson, Corbett
Assists: Rogers, McDonald, Corbett, Mackie
Man of the Match: Harrison
AFC Didsbury beat The Drum
Didsbury arrived for this match knowing that 5 more wins would guarantee them the league. The start was a controlled one with the home team on top but lacking in the final 3rd.
The scoring then opened when Neil Creasey curled a delightful free kick into the top right hand corner from the edge of the box. The reply from The Drum was instant as a floated free kick from 30 yards was mishandled by stand in keeper, Nick Eaves, and bobbled into an empty net.
Didsbury instantly looked to rectify this mistake with a great first touch by Matt Harrison, followed by a fine volley into the bottom corner to make it 2-1 and end a crazy 3 minutes of goals and the first half.
The second half was normal service resumed as Didsbury dominated and carved open their opponents. The third goal for Didsbury came from a near post flick by Harrison from a Didsbury corner. The fourth goal saw Harrison complete his hattrick, finishing off some great link up play between himself and his partner up front, Mike Corbett.
Samuel Richardson got himself on the scoresheet after some tidy feet tore the defence apart and hit a rasping shot which the keeper could only palm into the roof of the net.
The rout was complete when some nice interplay down the right wing, allowed Rushton and Mackie to create space for Corbett to fire past the keeper into the opposite corner from the edge of the box.
Words by Jonathan Mackie
Sierra Stars 0 - 7 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Hargreaves, Musson (C), Johnson (Rogers), Battersby, Jaffray (Mackie), Wallace, Creasey, McDonald, MacHugh, Harrison, Corbett (Richardson).
Goals: Corbett (2), Creasey (3), Wallace, Jaffray
Assists: Wallace (2), Corbett, MacHugh, Harrison, Richardson
Man of the Match: Creasey
Didsbury cruise into the semi-finals of JA Kennedy Cup after dismissing Sierra Stars
Three goals in the opening 15 minutes from Didsbury and a foolish dismissal for Sierra Stars early on saw Didsbury ease into the draw for the semi-final of the Cup.
Mike Corbett opened the scoring finding the net after just 5 minutes with a tap in at the back post with Jack Wallace providing the assist. The lead was soon doubled when Neil Creasey was played in to drill a low shot past the Stars goalkeeper, Corbett turning provider.
Didsbury made it three goals to the good when a passback was awarded and Neil Creasey slammed home the third courtesy of a wicked deflection. Ill discipline was to cost Sierra Stars as they were reduced to 10 men when their striker received a yellow card for persistent fouling and after overly remonstrating with the referee was sent off for threatening behaviour towards the official.
Sierra Stars appeared galvanised by the dismissal and launched several attacks from set pieces and low throw-in’s and Didsbury goalkeeper David Hargreaves was forced into tipping a low drive on to the inside of the post which was scrambled clear by Paul Johnson.
The game was over in the opening minutes of the second half when Jack Wallace was at the back post to tap in from a Matt Harrison pass. By this time Didsbury were content to sit back and play on the counter-attack and Ben Jaffray rounded off a fine breakaway to make it 5-0. Mike Corbett made it 6-0 and the rout was complete when Neil Creasey sealed his hat-trick slamming home after a brilliant move from defence to attack.
Words by David Hargreaves