Davyhulme Park 2 - 2 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didbsury: Leighton, Musson, Johnson, Battersby (C), Jaffray, Mackie, Richardson, Berté, MacHugh (Trecarichi), McDonald, Corbett (Eaves).
Goals: MacHugh, McDonald
Man of the Match: Richardson
Didsbury denied by Davyhulme
Windy conditions and a heavy pitch provided the ingredients for a true Sunday League encounter, which was certainly not a game for the spectators.
After a recent run of bad form, it was the away side, Didsbury, who seemed most up for the fight and enjoyed the territorial advantage for the majority of the first half. However, it was not until the 40th minute that this pressure was converted into goals and this arrived courtesy of a well struck, Kieran MacHugh free kick, which seemed to wrong foot the Davyhulme goalkeeper and sailed into the net.
After the break Didsbury continued to dominate and soon added a second goal. A quick counter attack resulted in a low cross from the right wing; the cross was only partially cleared into the path of the onrushing Colin McDonald, whose low strike found the bottom corner. McDonald will be thrilled to be on the score sheet again, after injury has significantly restricted his game time this
At 2-0, Didsbury continued to dominate the game and created further chances. Davyhulme had their goal keeper to thank for 2 excellent saves, one following an ambitious run from full back, Adam Musson, and the other from goal hungry
The turning point came in the last 10 minutes of the match when a hopeful Davyhulme cross held up in the wind and deceived the Didsbury defence, this allowed their forward to score with a well taken header.
The equaliser came deep into stoppage time, when poor marking at the back post from a long throw in allowed Davyhulme to score with a brave
Davyhulme celebrated the 2-2 draw like they had won the game and ultimately Didsbury were left rueing the unconverted chances which would have sealed the victory.
With only 4 league games remaining, Didsbury must work hard to
ensure they end the season in a similar style to how they started it.
Words by Ben Jaffray