Celta 4 - 7 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury - Hargreaves, Musson (C), Rogers, Battersby, Jaffray, Robins (Quaye), Creasey, Stiff (Trecarichi), MacHugh, Corbett, Harrison.
Goals: Corbett (2), Harrison (2), Stiff, OG (Celta), Trecarichi
Assists: MacHugh, Creasey, Robins (2), Harrison, Musson
Man of the Match: Corbett
Seventh heaven for AFC Didsbury as they emerge victorious in an 11-goal thriller
A strong second half performance from AFC Didsbury scoring 5 goals put an end to their dismal recent form and back to winning ways.
The match started at a frenetic pace with AFC Didsbury pressing high and hard on the Celta back four and it wasn’t long before their approach paid dividends. A whipped ball into the box from Kieran MacHugh was met with a looping header by Mike Corbett dropping just under the bar to put Didsbury 1-0 up.
Matt Harrison doubled the lead minutes later with a neat finish, Neil Creasey providing the assist. Despite Didsbury’s dominance of possession and territory they were guilty of conceding several free-kicks around the edge of their area from Celta breaks. It was a matter of time before Celta punished the indiscipline; a brilliant curled effort over the wall from 20 yards made it 2-1. Didsbury were reeling and from a corner a flighted cross to the back post allowed the Celta striker the easiest of finishes from two yards.
Seven goals were to come in the second half, Didsbury struck first with Mike Corbett converting a neat interchange down the right to make it 3-2. Mike Stiff powered a header from a Matt Harrison corner to restore the two goal cushion and Harrison scored his second and Didsburys fifth when he charged down a clearance from the Celta goalkeeper and it looped into the net.
Celta reduced the defecit once again with a neat finish from a flicked-on long ball but Leigh Robins superbly flighted cross from the right forced an own goal. Paul Trecarichi capitalised on Celta’s hesitancy. Celta pulled a consolation goal back with minutes to spare but seven goals was a fair reflection on a great attacking performance by Didsbury.
Words by David Hargreaves