Monday 27th September 2010
F.A. Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Replay
Droylsden: Phillips, Roche, Brownhill, Byron, Hardiker, Beck, Kileen, Connors, Kilheeney, Smith, Holden. Subs: Gardner, Towns, McNiven, Kerr, Cryan, Brown, Banim.
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott (Neil Tolson), Andrew Smart, Scott McNiven (Kyle Wilson), Michael Taylor, Chris Lynch, Mark Lees, Matty Burke, Dale Johnson, Scott Mooney (Carlos Logan), Shaun Whalley. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Ben Morris, Greg Traynor, Chris Rimmer.
Hyde gave Droylsden a two goal start before half-time but then fought back valiantly in the second period but couldn’t muster an equaliser after Dale Johnson has pulled a goal back.
The second half belonged to the Tigers and nobody could fault their effort and application but they just didn’t have enough quality in front of goal to grab a second goal they probably deserved. To rub salt into the wounds, Droylsden broke away in the last minute and substitute John Gardner scored an excellent goal into the corner of the net.
Droylsden took the lead after just 5 minutes when Ciaran Kilheeney, completely unmarked headed home a disputed corner. Hyde fought back and two minutes later Shaun Whalley struck the top of a post with a curling shot. The home side also hit the woodwork twice, first following a great save from Russell Saunders and then through Matt Smith. The killer second goal came on 40 minutes when John Beck slid in from close range with Hyde’s defence caught napping.
The Tigers were banished out onto the pitch early at the half time break and grabbed a lifeline on 57 minutes when Whalley, a constant thorn in the side for the home team, crossed from the right and Johnson nipped in to head home.
After that Hyde applied most of the pressure with Droylsden restricted to breakaways. Matty Burke went close as did Whalley and despite three forwards being introduced as substitutes, the Tigers couldn’t find a second goal before Gardner provided the killer touch in the last few seconds.
Another early cup exit for the Tigers, but on the second half showing they were far from disgraced against a stronger side.