Goals: Corcoran, Vasko, Corbett Assists: Creasey, Musson, Wallace Man of the Match: Creasey
Stop start Didsbury end up on top.
Didsbury’s superior football skill was just enough to beat a spirited yet far inferior MVFC side and helped them progress to the second round of the J A Kennedy Cup.
The game started brightly for Didsbury who tried to adapt to the under 8's sized football pitch as best they could. Typical Didsbury tika taka led to Neil Creasey cutting through MVFC down the right flank, flashing a cross/shot across the box feeding the lively John Corcoran for an easy Fanny Jeffers type finish.
From then on Didsbury started to dominate. French fancy, Luke Berté, lending the ball right and left, with his paintbrush feet clubbing the MVFC midfield pack like a bunch of baby seals being clubbed to death by some real mean guys from Canada. The second goal came minutes later, the extremely adaptable and all round good guy, Colin McDonald, filling in at centre half winning yet another ball from the gangly Peter Crouch love child, hired to somehow penetrate the Didsbury defence.
His ball was fed into the midfield and after a slick interchange of passing found its way out onto the right flank, full-back, Adam Musson, whipped in a ball so good, his man crush David Beckham would have had sticky undies over it! The ball found its way to the back post, where Pavol Vasko met it with his Vidal Sassoon inspired locks and fired it into the back of the net.
On the day before St Patricks day, this was not to be the easy morning that the Didsbury faithful had envisaged and as the old Irish saying goes " a hut is a palace to a poor man" and at 2-0 MVFC knew they still had a chance.
Didsbury shuffled the pack and with their first real interchange in the game, MVFC created an opening. The midfielder with the chippy tits fed the ball to the MVFC striker, forcing the impressive and always vocal goalkeeper Gary Brookes (who can lay claim to the freshest pork purse in Sunday league football) to rush out. The striker calmly rounded him and slotted home.
The game then settled into an ugly affair with both sets of teams spending more time chatting about last week’s dinner date (while the constantly out of play football was retrieved from some nearby bush) than actually getting the ball on the deck and playing football.
But, before you could say "Prince Harry's got a beard", MVFC struck again in almost identical circumstances to their previous attack and at 2-2 Didsbury were looking at the drunk Irish referee for the half time completion. At some points the away side found themselves riding their luck with a few penalty claims but the referee had deemed MVFC guilty of voluntary simulation plunges.
At half time stern words by player/manager, Musson, brought the Didsbury troops into line. McDonald reverted back to centre half to form his partnership with jelly eating warrior Jonny Mackie and the goalscoring darlec, Mike Corbett, was brought on to add his touch of class and teachers temperament to the affair.
Although the second half dinner date chats were still an active occurrence, when the ball wasn’t on the pitch, it was Didsbury who looked the brighter on the TV dial. Unlikely source, Ben Jaffray, finding a lot of joy on the left and after finding his fellow Cumbrian marra Matty Harrison, with a larl ball inside, Harrison ghosted the ball out to the flank, which resulted in a Vasko effort hitting the post. With the midfield area being so packed Creasey and Harrison were busier than a one legged man in a kicking contest but were intelligent enough to get the ball out wide early to Vasko and the ever reliable Jack Wallace, who never stopped running all game. Debutant, Gareth Lee, picking up where Wallace had left off with some neat touches to give the Didsbury men a glimpse of what the future will hold - if he can up his shower ratio he will surely be integrated into the Didsbury pack in mere matter of weeks.
MVFC had chances too but the Didsbury back line remained in control. They did have the ball in the net from a corner, however if the ginger centre half wishes to engage in grappling like he did, it's only a matter of time before he swaps his football shorts for a sumo nappy, and the goal was correctly chalked off.
Didsbury saw out the game and rightly came off the end as winners but will look at this as day when they didn't hit their own high standards and will need to correct this next week with some Gary goals and happy high fives a plenty.