AFC Didsbury 4
Moss Side 8
Goals: Wallace, Corcoran, Johnson, Creasey
Assists: Lee, Walker, Wallace
Man of the Match: Creasey
One Sided affair by the Moss based Champions
The final day of the season arrived with the MASFL Championship already having been secured by a rampant Moss Side. AFC Didsbury were in a buoyant mood prior to kick off despite narrowly missing out on silverware less than a week ago as this game would see the team say an emotional farewell to one of its most influential servants since formation in 2010.
Neil Creasey having made almost 100 appearances and scoring more than 40 goals in his 4 year spell was clearly fired up for leaving a lasting impression on the South Manchester village. His name will now be added to the hall of fame along with the likes of legends past Oliver Quaye, Alistair Rushton, Andrew Basley, David Hargreaves and Duane Augustine.
The game started with Moss Side dominating possession, controlling the game and showing all the hall marks of a team that has only suffered one league defeat in the last 10 years. The breakthrough eventually came via a scrappy goal from a corner where a Moss Side player was found unmarked in the box to head home a simple finish. Didsbury showed good resilience with some solid defending and crunching tackles, however, still came off 3-0 down at half time. The highlight of the half for AFC came when Gaz Lee outwitted the Moss Side full back before playing in Jack Wallace who rifled a shot from 25 yards only to see the Moss Side keeper superbly palm the ball over the bar.
The second half saw Didsbury come out fired up with a nothing to lose attitude and soon penetrated the Moss Side defence. Gaz Lee once again skilfully bypassed the cumbersome Moss Side full back before picking out Jack Wallace who bravely beat the onrushing keeper to find the bottom corner. The game was beginning to open up and Didsbury pressed forward looking to get back into the tie before an unfortunate own goal from a worked-up John Battersby put Moss Side back in control at 4-1. This lead to a heated exchange with the Moss Side number 10 who seemed slightly envious of the Didsbury Captains size 14 feet and harshly priced his larger than life boots at a modest £3 in an attempted belittlement, if ever a reminder was needed that this was a Sunday League match this was it.
John Corcoran who has earned a reputation for being able to spring even the most advanced of offside traps was found with a through ball from Guy Walker, Corcoran showing brilliant composure rounded the keeper and slotted home his 8th goal of the season to make it 4-2. Following this goal the ever vocal gaffer Adam Musson made short work of the Moss Side striker in a verbal exchange, his superior education reigned supreme in the battle of wits, leaving the tricky number 9 with no response for seemingly the first time in his entire life. He instead opted to let his feet do the talking and before any thoughts of a comeback came to fruition Moss Side quickly increased their lead by a further two goals.
With the game as good as over and only 20 minutes remaining Fletcher Moss saw the introduction of Didsbury Twitter Troll Jonathan Owen. His debut season unfortunately finished without breaking his goalscoring duck or providing a single assist; however, unlike Carlos Tevez and Ashley Cole he will be descending on Brazil for the World Cup this summer. While his player stats won’t be topping any fantasy football tables his Southern English charm and boyish good looks should see him score highly with the Latin American women.
There were moments of consolation for Didsbury before the final whistle. Team veteran and proud father of two Paul Johnson who has erased the words ‘lost’ and ‘cause’ from his vocabulary smashed home a breath taking half volley, with credit going to John Corcoran and Jack Wallace in the build-up. Moss Side then restored their 4 goal lead with a dubious penalty before Neil Creasey was fouled 35 yards from goal. There could only be one outcome from the resulting free kick and it was fitting that the departing man’s final act in a Didsbury jersey would be a screaming strike that left the keeper no chance. It may be worth noting for any stat junkies out there that the 35 yards of this free kick is actually further than the cumulative distance of all 8 John Corcoran goals for Didsbury this season.
With 2 minutes remaining this would normally signal the introduction of ‘Team Jock ’Michael Hay, however, he was unavailable for selection due to his pursuit of Scottish Independence and his seemingly relentless quest to try and outdo Gareth New in every aspect of life. No cameo from the fiery Scott enabled Moss Side to score a late goal capping off an action packed game between the two heavyweights of the Manchester Amateur Sunday Football League.
Words by Gareth New