Tuesday 10th March 2009
Blue Square Bet North
Stalybridge Celtic: Phillips, Woolliscroft, Meynell, Keeling, Bowler, Sykes, Torpey, Briggs, Barlow, Ellington, Denham. Subs: Platt for Bowler, Barwick, Jennings for Ellington, Joynes for Denham, Connor.
Hyde United: Elliot Bernstein, David Morley (Joel Igenoza), Adam Oakes (Chris Simm), Neil Tolson (Lee Rick), Farrell Kilbane, Karl Munroe, Paul Howarth, Tom Manship, Chris Lynch, Daniel Douglas-Pringle, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Mark Innes, Gerry Harrison. Sent off: Paul Howarth.
The Tigers produced another all action display and it has to be said that the scoreline flattered the home side by some distance.
Hyde were rocked before the start with Neil Fitzhenry and Craig Dootson unavailable and then had to contend with the sending off of Paul Howarth after twenty eight minutes for a reckless tackle. He could have no dispute with the decision but Hyde had a fair case that Steve Torpey should have followed him for the retaliation.
Ironically it was Torpey who went on to run the game and set up Celtic’s victory and grabbing two goals in the process.
Matty Barlow put Celtic in front on 32 minutes as he turned on the edge of the area and scored a wonder goal. It was tough on the Tigers who had put a lot into the game with Neil Tolson twice going close.
Playing uphill in the second period, Hyde’s never say die attitude bore fruit on 58 minutes, as newly introduced substitute Chris Simm squared the ball across for Chris Lynch to sweep the ball home.
The referee continued to do Hyde no favours and after a succession of free kicks, Torpey produced some sublime skill to put Celtic in front on 68 minutes. Keith Briggs grabbed another four minutes later and it was all over. Torpey grabbed his second with three minutes left to give the scoreline an unrealistic twist, which was hard on the Tigers who had contributed much to a pretty even game.