Goals: Vasko, Lee Assists: Peat, Vasko Man of the Match: Vasko
Didsbury show up Halton as Juniors to reach first cup final
The sun was out on this momentous occasion. AFC Didsbury were attempting to reach their first cup final in their short but rich history. Thoughts of an open top bus through the streets of Didsbury were playing on the minds of the players. But were these dreams of glory due to be killed off by Halton Juniors and driven away by the ‘pimp my ride’ hearse parked in the car park? The importance of the day was further underlined by the emergence of two assistant referees. This was not a day for substitutes to be aimlessly waving the luminous flags.
Any thoughts of the legendary John Old Cup Final were quickly put on hold as Halton Juniors started brightly; closing down Didsbury possession and sending crosses into the Didsbury box. The pressure of the situation was almost too much for Didsbury’s biggest fan, Hannah Harrison, and Didsbury’s eternal mascot, Dingo, to bear as they started to pace up and down the touchline.
Didsbury’s midfield maestro, Neil Creasey, was obviously still getting over the fact that Stuart Pearce’s reign as Forest manager will not be starting in the Premier League. The new centre back partnership of John Battersby and Colin McDonald were standing firm, not giving the Halton strikers a sniff of James Leighton’s goal. The vertically challenged, Adam Musson, was even winning headers against Usain Bolt’s doppelganger.
Slowly but surely Didsbury’s midfield general, Tom Whiteley, and Creasey started to dominate the central areas allowing the trio of Gaz Lee, Rick Peat and Pavol Vasko to stretch the Halton defence. Didsbury’s lone front man, Matt Harrison, continued to work tirelessly up top, not allowing his opponents any time on the ball. The Didsbury machine was starting to purr and chances started to come.
First, Rick Peat (with his lovely feet) smashed the ball against the foot of the post. Didsbury’s belief was certainly starting to grow. Suddenly, with the ball bouncing around the box, Whiteley pounced, steering the ball passed the keeper and into the back of the net! Could Didsbury dare to dream? No! The linesman’s outstretched arm ruled the goal out for offside. Undeterred, Didsbury continued to attack with verve and panache. A Vasko and Harrison delightful one-two, reminiscent of Ronaldo and Rivaldo, split the Halton defence, culminating with Vasko placing the ball against the frame of the goal.
The woodwork had already stood in Didsbury’s way twice but finally the deadlock was broken. Peat played in Vasko with a charming through ball, allowing Didsbury’s Slovakian import to caress the ball past the onrushing keeper. 1-0! It’s moments like these when you wonder why Vasko has never received the call from Jan Kozak. The first half was called to a close after a Halton corner led to a body on the line double block by Battersby. Didsbury left the field buoyed by their performance, ready for more.
At the break, Halton brought on their star winger. The second half continued from where the first had ended. Didsbury continued to create chances. Gaz Lee’s pinpoint corner was blazed over by the size 24 feet of Battersby. The ball will be entering into orbit right about now. The second goal was coming.
Against the run of play, Halton broke. Musson, aiming for the ball, floored the Halton attacker with a trademark slide tackle. Yellow card. Surprisingly to the referee this produced a smile on Musson’s face as he realised he had equalled Ben Jaffray’s (Didsbury’s hard man) yellow cards for the season. From the resulting free kick, Halton blazed over. Didsbury weren’t having this all their own way.
Didsbury’s high pressing game almost reaped its rewards with Vasko charging the keeper down. The resulting ricochet fell to the feet of Whiteley near the halfway line. Hopes were high with Jonjo Shelvey’s goal fresh in the minds of the Didsbury bench. Unfortunately he shot narrowly over the crossbar. Again Halton broke and again Musson flew into the tackle. This time executing it well and winning the ball but leaving the Halton star in a crumpled heap on the floor. Off departed the winger into a sea of angry Halton fans. Realising the severity of the situation, Mussinho, substituted himself off for Wayne Rogers.
The Didsbury chances continued to come. A Creasey corner was side footed wide by finesmaster (hint hint) Battersby. Jack Wallace then found Creasey, who played in Vasko clear of the last defender. One on one… the keeper saves! However, the ball loops to the edge of the area for Gaz Lee to volley home past the stranded keeper. Think Zidane 2002 Champions League final. 2-0!
With the pressure off, Michael Hay on the Didsbury bench allowed himself a giggle as he remembered the bike incident of the previous week.
Halton continued to break, but McDonald and Battersby continued to show why Didsbury have the best defence in the famous Mikey Williams Premiership. With tiredness creeping in, Didsbury players continued to grit their teeth and dig deep. Full back, Jaffray, continuing to win challenge after challenge and making sure his marker remained comfortable in his back pocket. A final Halton attack ended when two forwards comically ran into each other, both immediately falling to the ground. The referee had seen enough. With three sharp blasts of the whistle, Didsbury had booked their place in the final! A truly sublime team performance.
Didsbury players left the field to chants of “Wemberly! Wemberly!” and happy in the knowledge that #GazNewOfficial can tell the girls of Didsbury he will be starring in a cup final. Now to book that open top bus…
AFC Didbsury: Brookes, Musson, Mackie (Johnson), Whiteley, Jaffray (Bermingham), Wallace, Harrison (C), Creasey, Peat (Hay), Berté (Corcoran), Corbett (Lee).
Goals: Peat, Corbett (2), Creasey (2) Assists: Jaffray, Berté, Wallace, Hay, Corbett Man of the Match: Creasey
5 Star Didsbury Too Much For Student Town
Buoyed by the 4-2 victory over Joshua Brookes on Easter Sunday, Didsbury arrived at Turn Moss hungry for another empathic victory that would set them up nicely for their John Old cup semi-final this Sunday. The freshly cut grass and dry ground at Turn Moss provided the perfect conditions for AFC Didsbury’s passing game and the visitors were not waiting long for the first goal. On 8mins, Rick Peat received the ball just inside the Fallowfield half, skipped pass the hapless full back and curled a sublime right foot shot over the keeper that nestled into the far corner of the goal. Definitely a contender for goal of the season.
With the 1-0 lead in place the gaffer, Adam Musson, must have had his mind focussed on getting a second , although a call to line of“Bermo, are you doing the match report?”, showed that even at this early stage the right back was feeling comfortable that the 3 points were coming back to Simon Field. This confidence was well placed and after a knock on from Luke Berté, Michael Corbett showed some graceful footwork to dance through the Fallowfield defence and unleash a shot, which seemed to confuse the Fallowfield keeper so much that he decided to drop it into his own net.
Not long after this mistake the stand-in Fallowfield keeper was replaced by their regular keeper, but this didn’t make any difference to the outcome of the game. The industrious Didsbury midfielder and man of the match, Neil Creasey played a perfectly weighted ball out to winger Jack Wallace, who squared to Corbett. The Didsbury striker, rather than just smashing the finish home, decided to neatly fake right, which sent the Fallowfield No.1 completely the wrong way and he calmly slotted into the empty net.
With Didsbury camped out in the Fallowfield half, Tom Whiteley added some excitement to the defence by testing the reactions of the stand-in keeper Gary Brookes, with a challenging back pass. The scouse veteran dealt with the situation, but in truth it was the only the thing that went near him all half.
The second half started with a rare bit of Fallowfield pressure, which caught the Didsbury defence off guard. A throw in on the left wing caught the substitute full back, Ciaran Bermingham, out of position. The Fallowfield centre forward wriggled into the box and managed to get a shot off past the challenges of the AFCD defence and find the bottom corner of the net. This was a warning shout to the highflying Didsbury and it was heard loud and clear!!!
Following the restart, a Didsbury attack fell to Mike Hay at the edge of the Fallowfield box who unleashed a wicked cross, which confused the on-rushing Fallowfield defender as he almost caught it!!! (He must have thought it was his turn in net). Penalty given and Neil Creasey stepped up and did not disappoint.
Didsbury’s final goal was a thing of beauty (unlucky Rick, that goal of the season looks a lot less likely now). The stalwart centre half, Whiteley, broke up a Fallowfield attack and fed the ball to Creasey. Creasey found John Corcoron on the left wing and Corcoron launched the ball to Corbett. Didsbury's top goalscorer then controlled the ball elegantly and fed it back to Creasey who smashed the ball home after running almost 90 yards to keep up with the play. A magnificent team goal.
The game was played in a good spirit by both teams and this was typified by Tom “the cuddler” Whitely. Not satisfied with his kiss at the corner, when call ashore by the gaffer, he couldn’t leave the field without saying one last goodbye to the Fallowfield centre forward.
The only sour note of the game was a red card to the in form Didsbury winger, Rick Peat, for two bookable offences. The first was a cynical hand ball and the second was a tackle that the ex-Didsbury 4th choice left back, Nick “Chopper” Eaves, would have been proud off i.e. slicing through the Fallowfield winger at full pace!!!!
Even with 10 men the game finished with Didsbury clearly in the ascendancy. They will go into the Sunday’s semi-final in high spirits and good form.
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Wallace (Owen), Whiteley, Mackie, Jaffray, Lee (Hay), Harrison (C), Creasey, Corcoran (New), Berté, Vasko.
Goals: Berté, Corcoran, Whiteley, Creasey Assists: Jaffray, Harrison, Berté Man of the Match: Harrison
Dominant Didsbury in four-goal Easter Eggstravaganza
Having suffered a disappointing defeat to Joshua Brooks only four days earlier, AFC Didsbury were aiming for revenge and a return to winning ways on this Easter Sunday clash. With Didsbury’s mini-Mourinho absent due to filming commitments on Game of Thrones (Tyrion), the weighty responsibility of lifting the men in Orange out of a two match losing slump fell to vice-captain, Colin McDonald, leading from the side-lines due to injury.
Hungry for a win, Didsbury started brightly, with real attacking intent; quickly closing down the man with the ball and setting up camp in the opponent’s half. Joshua Brooks were well and truly on the ropes, with several players still appearing dizzy from Rick Peat’s mid-week lovely feet. The early pressure was rewarded with several corners, and while not producing a goal, Didsbury had asserted their dominance on proceedings. Didsbury captain and man of the match, Matt Harrison, was king of the aerial battle, winning header after header in the middle of the park.
Despite Didsbury’s ever- easy on the eye tika-taka style of play, the eventual opener came from a classic route one set-piece that Stoke or West Ham would have been proud of. Ben Jaffray (feeling fresh from what sounded like a delightfully relaxing short-break in the picturesque Cotswold countryside) launched a perfectly weighted free kick from the halfway line deep into the opposition box, with Luke Berté converting in the resulting melee.
Didsbury fans braving the cold (Dingo’s family and that lad who hilariously fell off his bike) didn’t have to wait too long to see the home side double their advantage. The lively John Corcoran stole a yard on his marker to get on the end of a flick-on from the industrious Harrison, burying a half-volley deep into the bottom corner.
It was another strong performance for Didsbury new boy, Gaz Lee, who enjoyed a lot of success down the right flank; turning his man time and time again, delivering dangerous balls into the area. Similarly, Didsbury’s European import, Pavol Vasko was wreaking havoc with deft touches and quick turns of pace. As the half time whistle sounded, leading by two, Didsbury were very much in the driving seat, knowing there would be more goals to come in this match.
However, as everyone knows, football is a game of two halves. Inspired by a Phil Brown styled public half-time dressing down, Joshua Brooks started the second 45 with an energy and enthusiasm that they had been distinctly lacking in the first half. And more goals did come, but for the visitors. Playing a high defensive line, a straightforward ball over the top was latched onto by the lone striker who calmly slotted past goalkeeper, James Leighton. Didsbury weren’t going to have it all their own way after all.
It took a while for Didsbury to switch on and recover from the shock of the goal. But eventually the two goal cushion was restored. Berté collected a loose ball outside the opponents box and having turned the defender, unleashed a somewhat hopeful but dangerous shot towards goal which was slotted away courtesy of a glancing header from Tom Whiteley; a fine goal, somewhat soured by the Rahim Sterling-esque celebration.
Caught resting on their laurels, the home team’s high defensive line was again their downfall, as Joshua Brooks pulled another goal back with a carbon copy of the first. Surely Didsbury couldn’t let this victory slip from their grasp.
Looking to see out the closing stages of the match, AFCD brought on fresh legs, in the shape of Twitter’s biggest bragger @GazNewOfficial. However, in a calamitous homage to Arsene Wenger, Corcoran had to play on a few minutes longer while New wrestled with his jacket zip #stuckinhisjacketlikeatwat
Didsbury eventually put the game beyond doubt when Neil Creasey whipped in yet another fantastic curling corner, but this time finding the back of the net directly, in a moment the visiting keeper will want to forget.
Didsbury held their nerve, smothering a few final attacks from Joshua Brooks, including a fine save from the rarely called upon Leighton, to record a well-deserved victory where the score line doesn’t necessarily give a fair reflection of their control of the match. It was an eggcellent performance in all areas of the park, making it a Happy Easter Sunday!
The first midweek game of the season for Didsbury came against Joshua Brooks, knowing that a win would stand them in good stead for a top 3 finish in the league. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, but enough about Whiteley's songs, there was an important game ahead, but unfortunately the weather was not reminiscent of the final result.
Didsbury started sharply, and within two minutes Adam Musson and Rick Peat linked up down the right flank. The latter showed some lovely feet to ghost past the defender and fizz a tantalising ball across the edge of the 6 yard box, only for it to be narrowly missed by the outstretched leg of Tom Whiteley.
Chances were coming for Didsbury and they could smell the sweet scent of blood, the midfield duo of Whiteley and Neil Creasey, were linking expertly with the front men. However, they remained cautious of the threat that the opposition posed, as their right winger pushed the ball past skipper Colin McDonald, who bundled into him just on the edge of the area; luckily the referee gave a free kick that lead to nothing.
The flowing football of Didsbury was always threatening to rear its beautiful head, yet the pitch didn't lend itself to the tika-taka we are so used to seeing. Despite this, a flowing move saw Matty Harrison put clean through on goal but he failed to capitalise on the situation. More efforts were carved out with the best falling to Neil Creasey, whose attempts were flicked round the post numerous times by pirouetting defenders and the flapping keeper. The half time whistle blew with Didsbury clearly the side in the ascendancy.
The second half got underway with plenty of joy for the two wingers Gaz Lee and Man of the Match, Rick Peat. The chances however were drying up for Didsbury, somewhat poetically intertwined with the gleaming sunshine. Then the hammer blow. A half chance created, out of a rare defensive lapse and the Joshua Brooks' striker was cool enough to slot home and make the little they had created count.
Didsbury began to pile on the pressure and had a goal ruled out after Creasey's corner was deemed to have crossed the by-line before substitute, John Corcoran, powered a header home. From a later corner Harrison propelled himself towards the front post and glanced a header neatly towards goal, only for the somewhat, let’s say, larger goalkeeper to leap uncharacteristically like a Salmon out of water to deny what would have been a great goal. The game trundled on towards a disappointing result for the Didsbury on what was a glorious evening in the middle class capital of the North West.
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Musson, Johnson, Mackie, Owen (Rogers), Wallace, McDonald (C), Whiteley, New (Walker), Corcoran (Harrison), Corbett.
Goals: Whiteley Assists: McDonald Man of the Match: Mackie
Dismal Didsbury Dumped out of the Cup
Didsbury were knocked out of the J A Kennedy Cup after a miserable performance in their quarter-final against a spirited St John's Reserves side.
Looking to qualify for two semi-finals in as many weeks, Didsbury started well passing the ball with patience and composure, whilst looking dangerous at set pieces. It was through this route that Didsbury took the lead. After Jack Wallace was fouled, following a break down the right flank, Colin McDonald played a delightful ball to the front post where Tom Whiteley sneaked ahead of the advancing keeper to nod in his 6th of the season.
From a position of dominance, Didsbury conspired to let their opponents back into the game when Paul Johnson was judged to foul the St Johns striker in the box. The penalty was dispatched and Didsbury had to up their game. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Their patient build up (that has served them well so far in 2014) appeared to have deserted them and there was a real lack of quality in the final ball. In fact, it was left to goalkeeper, James Leighton, to keep Didsbury level before the break, as he scrambled across his line and saved at the back post from an effort that seem destined for the back of the net.
At half time, 3 changes were made with Guy Walker, Matt Harrison and Wayne Rogers introduced, and despite their best efforts Didsbury remained disjointed and failed to keep possession. To give St Johns' credit, they looked the more likely to score as the game moved towards the final stages and the possibility of extra time. However, as with the first goal, Didsbury were the makers of their own downfall, as a speculative cross came in between keeper and right back, and under little pressure Adam Musson misjudged the cross and nestled a header past his own keeper and into the far corner of the goal.
With 10 minutes plus stoppage time to play Didsbury began to play with greater urgency and desire, but still struggled to make anything happen in the final third. Yet again, they gifted the opportunity for their opponents to kill off the game when Leighton miscued a clearance to the feet of the opposing striker who chipped home and looked to settle the game.
Didsbury were to be given the chance to half the deficit from the penalty spot when number 9, Mike Corbett, was brought down as the keeper came rushing off his line. To sum up the game and performance overall, Corbett's penalty was saved and St Johns managed to clear their lines. The final whistle blew and St Johns Reserves came away as the rightful winners.
The lads will accept that this was a shocking performance, which comes off the back of an excellent run of victories over the last 3 months. However, they still have hopes of a 3rd place finish and the semi-final of the John Old Cup to play in two weeks’ time. Didsbury must pick themselves up and produce the sort of display that they have become far more accustomed to, when they face Joshua Brooks in the league on Wednesday.
Goals: Corcoran (2) Assists: Peat Man of the Match: Lee
Didsbury get a semi as they despatch MUSC in the quarters…
AFC Didsbury booked their place in the semi-finals of the John Old Cup with a hard fought 2-1 victory against last year’s winners and their long standing rivals Manchester United Supporters Club.
Going into the game, Manager Adam Mussinho was missing the holy trinity of Pavol Vasko, Neil Creasey and top scorer Mike Corbett. This grave situation was made worse by the late withdrawal of Captain, John Battersby, despite the pleas of his gaffer that he ought to battle through the pain barrier based on the sound logic that ‘You don’t play any better when you’re not injured anyway’.
Unable to take part in the game, Battersby instead reverted to his less familiar role of assistant manager and delivered a rousing team talk, which made hairs stand up on the back of necks and left a few of the players reaching for the Kleenex. Channelling the motivational skills of the legendary Vince Lombardi, he reminded the players that 2014 was fast becoming a ‘beautiful year’ for this maturing squad. The message was clear, rise to the occasion, seize the moment and a semi-final place would be ours.
MUSC demonstrated their traditionally unorthodox approach to the pre-match warm up by turning up 20 minutes late for kick off. For a team defending the prestigious John Old Cup, this felt like a lack of respect for the famous old trophy and a hungry Didsbury outfit were in no mood to forgive them.
Perhaps due to the relaxed warm up, MUSC were caught cold as Didsbury launched attack after attack in the opening 5 minutes. This pressure was rewarded when left winger Rick Peat displayed some really lovely feet, to dance around the right back and deliver a peach of a ball for John Corcoran to tap home from 5 yards.
The opening half hour saw wave after wave of Didsbury attack as Rick Peat and Gaz Lee caused havoc down the flanks. Only some shocking finishing from Messrs Corcoran and Whiteley kept the score line at 1-0.
The away side, MUSC, seemed content to sit back and soak up pressure and launch the occasional counter attack. With a couple of minutes to go until half time, a MUSC free kick was tipped over the bar by Didsbury’s underworked, but overpaid goalkeeper James Leighton. Sloppy marking from the resulting corner allowed MUSC’s vertically challenged forward to rise above the flat-footed Didsbury defence and head into the top right hand corner of the goal, drawing the sides level.
The 2nd half continued in a similar vein to the first, with new signing Gaz Lee repeatedly skipping past his marker and delivering numerous dangerous crosses into the box. Unfortunately for the home side, many of these chances were spurned with Corcoran being the main guilty party.
Midway through the second period, defender Wayne Rogers’s weekend bedroom exploits appeared to catch up with him as he was forced to leave the action complaining of an itchy todger. This forced Mussionho into a tactical reshuffle with Mackie dropping into centre back and @GazNewOffical and Mike Hay entering the fray.
The Didsbury missed chances seemed to spur on MUSC, who grew in belief and created a number of threatening set piece opportunities following some textbook cynical fouls from Tom Whiteley, Adam Musson and stand-in captain, Colin McDonald.
Just as the game seemed to be heading for extra time, the match was finally decided by a relieved John Corcoran. A free kick deep in the Didsbury half was beautifully flighted by Ben Jaffray towards his West Cumbrian compatriot Matty Harrison, who flicked the ball into the mixer. A panicked MUSC defender then played a weak back pass, which was intercepted by a grateful Corcoran who calmly rounded the keeper and slotted into an empty net. The final few minutes were uneventful as Didsbury ran the clock down with ease.
A second quarter final next week, this time against lower league opposition, means that belief is growing amongst the squad who have their sights firmly fixed on achieving Musson’s early season objective of reaching a cup final for the first time in the club’s history. Whilst it is maybe too early to book the open top bus, there is a growing feeling that 2014 may indeed turn out to be a beautiful year for Didsbury.
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Owen, Mackie, Rogers (Musson), Bermingham, Lee (Hay), Creasey, McDonald (C), New, Vasko, Corbett (Whiteley).
Goals: Corbett (2), Creasey, New, McDonald Assists: Lee (2), Corbett, Vasko, Creasey Man of the Match: Creasey
Old Ashburn feel the heat of a five star Didsbury performance...
In a weekend where the take over of another Manchester non-league club dominated the back packages, AFC Didsbury decided to make headlines of their own by continuing their march to greatness with another assured cup performance.
With Didsbury putting in a solid mid-week training session in preparation for this much anticipated cup-tie, Manager Adam Musson’s elaborate game-plan very nearly left in tatters after a freak injury to Captain, John Battersby, during the warm up ruled him out of the starting line-up. With a chink in the armour of this MASFL giant, was there a major cup upset peaking it’s head over the horizon?
No. Manager Musson, using all of the tactical nouse of a hobbit Jose Mourinho, shifted the defence around to accomodate Wayne Rogers and Jonathan Mackie in a centre-back partnership that even Sauron would have feared.
Once the game was underway, the midfield three of Neil Creasey, Colin McDonald, and Pavol Vasko were quick to exert their dominance, showing a clear gulf in class in the middle of the park and setting the tone for the rest of this ‘contest’. With the game being played almost exclusively in the Old Ashburnian’s half, it didn’t take Didsbury long to take advantage of their superiority. The lively winger Gareth Lee, making his first start for Didsbury, was expertly found by Man of the Match, Creasey, with a raking ball into the channel. He turned his man inside out, then decided to turn someone elses man inside out, before flashing a ball across the six yard box, which was duely despatched by Didsbury’s top goal scorer Michael Corbett with a neat finish. 1 – 0 to the Disbury.
The goal did little to change the complexion of the game, however on the rare occasion the defence was called into action, full-backs Jonny Owen and Ciaran Bermingham were composed, Mackie showed why Battersby isn’t guaranteed first team football upon his return with a commanding performance, and even Rogers showed a glimmer of culture beneath his Grockney veneer, with some tidy touches and a calmness on the ball reminiscent of a retired Marcel Desailly.
Didsbury were quick to add to their advantage, with a fantastic tika-taka interchange between Corbett and Creasey on the edge of the Old Ashburnian box, ending in Creasey slotting the ball past the flailing opposition Goalkeeper. This kind of Schexy football would even have had Ruud Gullit salivating with perverse footballing pleasure. 2 – 0 Disbury.
As with most MASFL matches this year, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Didsbury, and mid-way through the second half, Colin McDonald had opposition fans Googling a number for the RSPCA after he metaphorically assaulted a puppy dog, and then offered out the rest of the litter. While the Didsbury fans may have appreciated his desire to win, and the rallying cry of, “HOW MANY OF YOUZ THEN?!”, the Referee took a far less lenient view of the incident and booked the Didsbury warrior. Put your phones away lads.
On the stroke of half time, Didsbury put the game out of reach, with a rare collectors item of a goal from Gareth New. The Didsbury midfield once again worked the ball well into the Old Ashburnian area, where Pavol Vasko found himself with acres of space to punish the opposing team for their sloppy defending. After his recent press outburst slamming his loyal team mates, most of the crowd expected Vasko to practice what he preaches, and put Ashburn to the sword. Karma reared her beautiful head, however, and after dallying on the ball, and then taking a terrible touch in an attempt to round the keeper, Vasko fluffed his lines. Luckily, New was on hand to clinically dispatch the ball into a gaping open goal, showing us all why #GazBrags always end in a converted opportunity.
Didsbury went into the break 3-0 up and cruising. Musson decided to make changes and bring on some ‘big-guns’ from the bench to really put Ashburn to the sword. While some reports may refer to the match from here on in as ‘the Whiteley show’ after coming on as a substitute for his first appearance in nearly a month, it was really a team effort which propelled the home side forward and saw them extend their lead early on. Gaz Lee again showing real class on the wing and putting the ball on a plate for Corbett to grab his second. The service was so good, Lee was found hanging around the changing rooms after the game waiting for his tip.
Didsbury went on to make it a ‘five star’performance towards the end of the second half, with McDonald managing to get his name up in lights. A quick short corner saw Creasey in space and waltzing so gracefully into the area, that Brucey would have had a sweat on admiring the quality on display (sevennnnnn). Making his first memorable mistake of the game, he chose to ignore a team-mate who had smartly taken up a free position on the back post, instead playing the safe ball into McDonald, who did exceptionally well to make the most of a bad decision. 5-0 and cruising.
The rest of the game passed without any major incident, as Didsbury saw out an excellent clean sheet, and marched one step closer to their dream of an open top bus ride through Manchester city centre. If Didsbury continue to perform to this quality, surely the class of ’92 will be asking themselves the question – “Did we buy the wrong club?”.