Cheadle Hulme Albion 3 AFC Didsbury 3 *** Cheadle won 5-3 on pens ***
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Hadfield (Vasko), Benson-May, Bishop (C), Jaffray, Lee (Ighofose), L Darlington, Menghini, Wedl, Kennedy (Smith), M Darlington.
GOALS: Menghini, Kennedy, M Darlington ASSISTS: Jaffray, Lee MAN OF THE MATCH: L Darlington
Didsbury fall short on penalties
In a game which was expected to be a comfortable win, Didsbury fell short. Cheadle Hulme albion currently play in division 1 of the Manchester amateur Sunday league, and so Didsbury we’re clearly the favourites entering the match.
Immediately after kick off Didsbury took control, having the majority of possession, and creating several chances. However, a loose pass across the centere of the pitch saw Cheadle counter, and score the first goal. Shortly after, Ross Menghini levelled the score with a wonderful curling free kick that bent around the wall.
More possession saw Didsbury generate chance after chance but with no avail. Most notably was Gareth Lee’s stunning volley attempt from outside the box, which rocked the crossbar severely. Didsbury however were countered upon once again, and a superb control and volley by Cheadle’s talented striker left Didsbury in shock. Cheadle swiftly capitalised, with a ball over the top beating Didsbury’s offside trap, and scoring yet another.
It was fast becoming an uphill battle for Didsbury but they responded yet again, with Matt Kennedy running accoss the first defender on a free kick, and heading past the keeper. This saw Didsbury enter half time a goal down.
The second half was a very one sided story. Didsbury controlled possession almost completely, and won the ball back swiftly and this sustained pressure resulted in a goal by Matt Darlington.
For the rest of the second half, Didsbury enjoyed possession almost uniformly. However, Cheadle put up a solid defence and boys in orange couldn't find a way through - aside from a disallowed goal.
The result of the match was therefore to be resolved by penalty shoot-out and it was Cheadle who were the eventual winners of the tie.
Words by Rob Benson-May
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