Lass O Gowrie 0 - 3 AFC Didbsury
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Mackie (Musson), Johnson, Battersby (C) (Rogers), Jaffray, Rushton (Stiff), Bishop, Creasey, McDonald, Harrison, Corbett.
Goals: Harrison (2), Bishop
Assists: Corbett, Stiff, Creasey
Man of the Match: Harrison
Didsbury Dip Not 'Furlong'
AFC Didsbury finally chalked three points on the MASFL Premier Division board after a second half of the season they'd rather forget. Results in recent weeks have been telling after some below-par displays but a measured performance against long-running rivals Lass O Gowrie should give the Didsbury confidence going into a tough run-in to the close of the season.
The omens always looked good for the south-Manchester outfit. They ominated early possession and when no. 9, Mike Corbett, cushioned a lofted through ball back to strike partner Matt Harrison, stood forty yards from goal, the striker didn't hesitate in unleashing a measured out-swinging half-volley, which looped over the helpless Lass' 'keeper into the top-left corner of the goal.
As the first half progressed Lass' probed the AFCD defence with numerous through-balls and long-throws, but centre halves Paul Johnson and John Battersby were in dominant form, limiting Lass' to a pair of chances outside the box; both being weakly executed and gratefully received by Didsbury’s 'keeper, James Leighton.
The second half saw further chances for Didsbury, with the Lass O Gowrie goalie pulling off a string of fine saves. However, the pressure soon told and, as substitute Mike Stiff rose above the back post crowd to nod the ball across goal, Harrison was on hand to secure his brace with a tap-in.
Didsbury secured the points four minutes later when midfield general, Chris Bishop, rifled low and hard into the right side of the net.
The only sour point to the game was the loss of Colin McDonald to a knee injury which has nagged him all season. It didn't look too serious and hopefully for him the substitution was just a precaution as he shows great promise when fit and playing in his pomp.
Didsbury now have three games remaining as their inaugural MASFL Premier League season reaches its climax on 7th May.
Words by Matt Harrison