Sierra Stars 0 - 7 AFC Didsbury
AFC Didsbury: Hargreaves, Musson (C), Johnson (Rogers), Battersby, Jaffray (Mackie), Wallace, Creasey, McDonald, MacHugh, Harrison, Corbett (Richardson).
Goals: Corbett (2), Creasey (3), Wallace, Jaffray
Assists: Wallace (2), Corbett, MacHugh, Harrison, Richardson
Man of the Match: Creasey
Didsbury cruise into the semi-finals of JA Kennedy Cup after dismissing Sierra Stars
Three goals in the opening 15 minutes from Didsbury and a foolish dismissal for Sierra Stars early on saw Didsbury ease into the draw for the semi-final of the Cup.
Mike Corbett opened the scoring finding the net after just 5 minutes with a tap in at the back post with Jack Wallace providing the assist. The lead was soon doubled when Neil Creasey was played in to drill a low shot past the Stars goalkeeper, Corbett turning provider.
Didsbury made it three goals to the good when a passback was awarded and Neil Creasey slammed home the third courtesy of a wicked deflection. Ill discipline was to cost Sierra Stars as they were reduced to 10 men when their striker received a yellow card for persistent fouling and after overly remonstrating with the referee was sent off for threatening behaviour towards the official.
Sierra Stars appeared galvanised by the dismissal and launched several attacks from set pieces and low throw-in’s and Didsbury goalkeeper David Hargreaves was forced into tipping a low drive on to the inside of the post which was scrambled clear by Paul Johnson.
The game was over in the opening minutes of the second half when Jack Wallace was at the back post to tap in from a Matt Harrison pass. By this time Didsbury were content to sit back and play on the counter-attack and Ben Jaffray rounded off a fine breakaway to make it 5-0. Mike Corbett made it 6-0 and the rout was complete when Neil Creasey sealed his hat-trick slamming home after a brilliant move from defence to attack.
Words by David Hargreaves