GOALS: Menghini (3) ASSISTS: Peat, Vasko, Ferguson MAN OF THE MATCH: Menghini
A GAME OF TWO HALVES
On a glorious Manchester day, it was not to be for Didsbury as they couldn’t overcome Dolphin Inn. The first half started brightly with Didsbury playing some excellent football and quickly took the lead after Ross Menghini headed home a Rick Peat cross, but it wasn't all positive stuff as the glass man himself, John Battersby, had to come off injured after less than 10 minutes. Didsbury then scored a second through Menghini, who struck the ball on the volley after a fine cross from Pavol Vasko. The first half continued in this manner with Didsbury playing some gorgeous passing football, one such move had 20 passes from left back to keeper and right wing and resulted in Vasko hitting the post from 30 yards out, which left Didsbury manager, Adam Musson, screaming in delight at the quality of the passing. Didsbury then scored a third with Menghini sealing his hattrick in 17 minutes, after being played down the line by Adam Ferguson. Menghini did well to keep his composure in a one-on-one situation.
After this point Dolphin got back into the game, having numerous chances and hitting the post three times. Didsbury were on edge for the next ten minutes as Jonathan Mackie hit his own post with a defensive clearance and the Dolphin striker got in behind and past the onrushing Didsbury keeper, Nathan Carr, only to volley against the crossbar. There were some positives after this point as Vasko cheekily nutmegged their left back who then fell over in shame hoping no one would notice only to be disheartened by John Battersby laughing in his face on the touchline. As the second half began Didsbury started off confidently and assuredly holding Dolphin off comfortably for 10 minutes, until a loss of possession on the halfway line resulted in Dolphin pulling one back. After this point Didsbury were gradually put under more pressure and this resulted in Dolphin scoring a second with 10 minutes to go. Their striker cut inside and crossed only for one their midfielders to head home. The home side managed to hold out but with only 2 minutes remaining their striker, who was clearly offside slotted one in and scored the equaliser. The game finished 3-3. What a game of two halves. Words by Nathan Carr AFC Didsbury accepts no liability for the content of this match report, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided, unless that information is subsequently confirmed in writing. If you are not the intended audience you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.