MUSC 3 - 2 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Leighton, Musson, Rogers, Battersby (C), Jaffray, Stiff, Mackie, Bishop, MacHugh (Quaye), Corbett, Harrison.
Goals: Corbett, Battersby
Assists: Harrison, MacHugh
Man of the Match: Harrison
Didsbury come unstuck against Manchester United Supporters
A diligent tactical performance was marred by a second half horror show that saw Didsbury surrender a 2 goal lead.
The away side began with a clear game plan, allowing MUSC to keep possession in deep areas and looking to spring the counter attack and exploit spaces on the flanks. The strategy worked well and early in the game, AFC Didsbury winger and man of the match, Matt Harrison beat his full-back and delivered a pinpoint cross to Mike Corbett who made no mistake with a cool, side-footed finish.
After carving out numerous chances that went begging, captain and centre back, John Battersby added a second after good work down the right flank by Kieran MacHugh.
Shortly after this, a defensive mix-up gave MUSC a penalty after Adam Musson was adjudged to have brought down a player inside the box. Thankfully for Didsbury the penalty hit the outside of James Leighton’s post and went
The second half brought a reversal of fortunes and MUSC got back into the game by clawing back a goal. The goal deflated Didsbury and they were not able to see as much of the ball as they had in the opening 45.
With only 10 minutes left on the clock, Didsbury goalkeeper, James Leighton misjudged a deflected effort from range, which snuck inside his near post. Throughout the second half it appeared that numerous decisions weren’t going Didbsury’s way, putting them under more pressure than was deserved. This pressure drastically took its toll and during the dying breaths of the game, Mike Stiff’s backwards header was seized upon and led to a cool finish from an MUSC
Dejected and angry Didsbury traipsed off wondering what might have been. The referee’s performance was certainly below par but the away side will still be wondering how they managed to throw away a two goal lead.
Didsbury’s next fixture is in the J A Kennedy Cup, where they face last year’s winners, Moss Side Old House. This will be the first time that the two sides have met and is sure to be an exciting encounter.
Sunday 3 March, KO 11am, Seymour Park.
Words by Ollie Quaye