Monday 8th September 2008
Setanta Shield 1st Round
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Wayne Maden (Chris Cooke), Chris Lynch, David Morley (Lee Rick), Chris Brass, Mitchell Bailey (Neil Tolson), Lee Cartwright, Mark Innes, Matthew Tipton, Karl Munroe, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Bobby Gee, Elliot Bernstein.
Vauxhall Motors: Coates, Owens, Egerton, Holden, Griffiths, Holmes, Noon, Burke, McFadden, Nelson, Noone. Subs: Brannan, Wright, Hannagan.
For the second year in succession, Hyde went out of the Setanta Shield at the first hurdle. Even though there is increased prize money and a chance of a lucrative draw in the later stages the tie failed to ignite any passion in players or spectators alike.
Just 97 fans turned out to see the Tigers produce another inept home performance against a team just one place above them in the League. The home support are certainly voting with their feet as Hyde’s form falters. There can be no excuse for the Tigers against a pretty ordinary team who just had more appetite for the game despite having only two available substitutes.
Vauxhall took the lead on 16 minutes when Pat McFadden rifled home. The Tigers received a lifeline 8 minutes later when Nicky Clee was pushed over in the box and Matthew Tipton made no mistake from the spot. However Hyde’s joy was short-lived as Karl Noon put the visitors back in front four minutes later after some horrendous defending from the Tigers. Time after time Hyde failed to clear before Noon found the back of the net.
Early in the second half, Dave Morley had a header brilliantly saved by James Coates and minutes later Chris Brass bundled the ball home, but the referee had already blown for an infringement on the ‘keeper. After that there was not much action despite Neil Tolson appearing for the Tigers in the last twenty minutes. He added some much needed firepower upfront, but Hyde could not take advantage and only a superb save from Craig Dootson prevented Vauxhall increasing their lead in the closing stages.