The Dollybirds In Maiden Win Over Maiden City In Intermediate Cup Tie

DFC made the long trip to Maiden City in the Intermediate Cup with the hosts already having put out DFC in the Irish Cup last month.

On a very wet and windy day but on a great surface despite all the rain and with wind advantage behind them DFC opened brightly but Maiden City who have been unbeaten all season soon took control of midfield area and went in front on 20 minutes when Stephen Croft was lobbed from the edge of the area.
Aaron Duke brought the sides level on the half hour mark with a trade mark header from a Glenn Hand free kick and Hand then let fly from distance but good save by the home keeper as the sides went in at half time all square.
Maiden City then made the wind advantage count on 50 minutes when Stephen Jones mis-headed in the area and Croft had little chance to clear.
Then on 53 minutes DFC should have been awarded a penalty after Scott McCordick was brought down but the referee waved play on.
Manager Stephen Uprichard then made a tactical shape to the team with Michael Denver and Jones giving way to Andy McMath and Chris Coleman and two minutes later it was all square when a superb cross from Nathan McConnell was headed in by McMath from his very first touch.
Then Richy Thompson missed a glorious chance from close in when he fired over the bar before Duke scored what turned out to be the winning goal after good work by Josh Norton and McCordick.
Marty Hughes then replaced McCordick in the final few minutes as DFC held out against a very strong Maiden City side.