Inter Mancs 2 - 0 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Hargreaves, Musson (C), Rogers, Battersby, Jaffray (Wallace), Robins, Creasey, Stiff, McDonald, Harrison (Richardson), Corbett.
Man of the Match: Richardson
AFC Didsbury bow out to two late strikes from Inter Mancs
Two late goals saw Inter Mancs progress to the final of the JA Kennedy Cup at the expense of AFC Didsbury.
Perfect conditions at Turn Moss made a change from the washout which saw the previously attempted fixture abandoned. Didsbury looked composed and decisive on the ball in the early phases of the game, despite an early injury forcing Matt Harrison off.
Didsbury were dominant and retaining possession with poise and making their opponents chase the game and Sam Richardson nearly punished Inter but for a great stop from the ‘keeper. Before the break Inter nearly capitalised on a poor kick from Hargreaves and crashed a lob against the bar from 45 yards but the Didsbury defence recovered and scrambled the ball clear to keep it level at the break. Didsbury had the post to thank again from the following corner when the ball ricocheted clear across the goalmouth from a fine strike by the Inter right-winger.
The second half exchanges were controlled by Didsbury once more with Mike Stiff winning header after header and the composed build up allowed Colin McDonald room on several occasions to fashion crosses and strikes from the left. Sam Richardson hit the post with a low strike from just inside the area. Leigh Robins was causing all manner of trouble and broke clear beating the offside trap but placed his finish just wide of the post. Corbett worked another opening when he robbed possession from the Inter right-back but couldn’t get his strike away. John Battersby flicked on a long throw-in but Robins could only guide his header agonisingly wide of the far post.
Didsbury were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal when Inter found space in a crowded penalty area and stabbed home to take the lead with 10 minutes remaining. Didsbury poured forward in hope of an equaliser but were left exposed once more when a superb technical volley from close range finished off Didsbury and sealed Inter’s passage to the final.
Words by David Hargreaves