AFC Didbsury: Brookes, Musson, Mackie (Johnson), Whiteley, Jaffray (Bermingham), Wallace, Harrison (C), Creasey, Peat (Hay), Berté (Corcoran), Corbett (Lee).
Goals: Peat, Corbett (2), Creasey (2) Assists: Jaffray, Berté, Wallace, Hay, Corbett Man of the Match: Creasey
5 Star Didsbury Too Much For Student Town
Buoyed by the 4-2 victory over Joshua Brookes on Easter Sunday, Didsbury arrived at Turn Moss hungry for another empathic victory that would set them up nicely for their John Old cup semi-final this Sunday. The freshly cut grass and dry ground at Turn Moss provided the perfect conditions for AFC Didsbury’s passing game and the visitors were not waiting long for the first goal. On 8mins, Rick Peat received the ball just inside the Fallowfield half, skipped pass the hapless full back and curled a sublime right foot shot over the keeper that nestled into the far corner of the goal. Definitely a contender for goal of the season.
With the 1-0 lead in place the gaffer, Adam Musson, must have had his mind focussed on getting a second , although a call to line of“Bermo, are you doing the match report?”, showed that even at this early stage the right back was feeling comfortable that the 3 points were coming back to Simon Field. This confidence was well placed and after a knock on from Luke Berté, Michael Corbett showed some graceful footwork to dance through the Fallowfield defence and unleash a shot, which seemed to confuse the Fallowfield keeper so much that he decided to drop it into his own net.
Not long after this mistake the stand-in Fallowfield keeper was replaced by their regular keeper, but this didn’t make any difference to the outcome of the game. The industrious Didsbury midfielder and man of the match, Neil Creasey played a perfectly weighted ball out to winger Jack Wallace, who squared to Corbett. The Didsbury striker, rather than just smashing the finish home, decided to neatly fake right, which sent the Fallowfield No.1 completely the wrong way and he calmly slotted into the empty net.
With Didsbury camped out in the Fallowfield half, Tom Whiteley added some excitement to the defence by testing the reactions of the stand-in keeper Gary Brookes, with a challenging back pass. The scouse veteran dealt with the situation, but in truth it was the only the thing that went near him all half.
The second half started with a rare bit of Fallowfield pressure, which caught the Didsbury defence off guard. A throw in on the left wing caught the substitute full back, Ciaran Bermingham, out of position. The Fallowfield centre forward wriggled into the box and managed to get a shot off past the challenges of the AFCD defence and find the bottom corner of the net. This was a warning shout to the highflying Didsbury and it was heard loud and clear!!!
Following the restart, a Didsbury attack fell to Mike Hay at the edge of the Fallowfield box who unleashed a wicked cross, which confused the on-rushing Fallowfield defender as he almost caught it!!! (He must have thought it was his turn in net). Penalty given and Neil Creasey stepped up and did not disappoint.
Didsbury’s final goal was a thing of beauty (unlucky Rick, that goal of the season looks a lot less likely now). The stalwart centre half, Whiteley, broke up a Fallowfield attack and fed the ball to Creasey. Creasey found John Corcoron on the left wing and Corcoron launched the ball to Corbett. Didsbury's top goalscorer then controlled the ball elegantly and fed it back to Creasey who smashed the ball home after running almost 90 yards to keep up with the play. A magnificent team goal.
The game was played in a good spirit by both teams and this was typified by Tom “the cuddler” Whitely. Not satisfied with his kiss at the corner, when call ashore by the gaffer, he couldn’t leave the field without saying one last goodbye to the Fallowfield centre forward.
The only sour note of the game was a red card to the in form Didsbury winger, Rick Peat, for two bookable offences. The first was a cynical hand ball and the second was a tackle that the ex-Didsbury 4th choice left back, Nick “Chopper” Eaves, would have been proud off i.e. slicing through the Fallowfield winger at full pace!!!!
Even with 10 men the game finished with Didsbury clearly in the ascendancy. They will go into the Sunday’s semi-final in high spirits and good form.