Manchester Falcons 1 - 3 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Musson, Johnson, Battersby, McDonald (Bermingham), Bishop, Creasey, Harrison (Mackie), Vasko, Corbett, MacHugh (Quaye) (Rushton)
Goals: Johnson, Creasey, Quaye
Assists: Vasko, Harrison (2)
Man of the Match: Vasko
Falcons wings clipped by Didsbury’s winged wonders
Stifling heat and lengthy grass presented both teams with a challenge but Didsbury came out victorious against last season’s runners-up of the Premier Division, Manchester Falcons.
Didsbury’s early pressure culminated in the opening goal after centre back, Paul Johnson, powered home a header from a corner delivered by man-of-the match, Pavol Vasko. Whether this stung the Falcons into action or Didsbury stepped off the gas, the balance changed following the first goal. Incisive and probing play from the Falcons, and several marauding runs by their right back put Didsbury on the back foot for the first time.
The referee pointed to the spot after a rash challenge from Colin McDonald. Confidence was high after Didsbury goalkeeper, James Leighton’s penalty heroics in pre-season but this effort was precise and wrong footed Didsbury’s number 1 to make the scores level.
Half-time brought a welcome respite from the midday heat and a chance for the team to try and recreate their early dominance. Didsbury regularly tried to work the Falcons stand-in goalkeeper in the second half. Matt Harrison picked out Neil Creasey on the edge of the box and the midfielder turned and aimed a low strike, which snuck in at the far post.
The game seemed to be wrapped up when Didsbury scored their third, with Vasko whipping his cross into Harrison, whose flick fell kindly to Ollie Quaye. The Didsbury winger showed great technique as he hit the ball on the half volley, bending it into the far corner.
During the closing stages Didsbury showed maturity in controlling possession and ensuring they didn’t invite pressure from the Falcon attack. The final whistle signalled a job well done and more importantly, 3 more points in this fledging season.
Words by Oliver Quaye