Monday 21st February 2011
Hyde FC: Kyle Clancy, Chris Lynch, Andrew Smart, Lee Rick (Jack Mackreth), Scott McNiven, Kevin Holsgrove, Mark Lees, Ashley Young, Dale Johnson, Danny Hudson (Matty Burke), Tom Manship. Subs not used: Scott Mooney, Dean Stott, Ben Morris. Sent off: Kyle Clancy, Tom Manship.
Stalybridge Celtic: Budtz, Rule, Meynell, Ryan, Platt, Brogan, Jennings, Rea, Marsh, Kay, Austin. Subs: Bembo-Leta for Rule, Elam for Jennings, Warburton for Meynell, Davies, Hobson.
Hyde struggled to find any kind of form against Stalybridge in this Tameside Derby and never really looked like getting anything from the game once former Tiger Phil Marsh had given Celtic the lead on 26 minutes. To make matters worse for Hyde, they finished with just nine men as Kyle Clancy and Tom Manship were shown red cards in the final quarter.
Marsh had an early chance for Celtic before Steve Brogan again put the striker through allowing him to fire the ball home through Clancy's legs. It could have been two a minute later when he turned onto Mitchell Austin's pass but Chris Lynch saved the day for the Tigers.
Hyde's only effort of note came from the Danny Hudson, whose long distance shot went just wide. In fact, Jan Budtz hardly had a save to make in the entire game as Celtic kept a clean sheet for the first time in fifteen games. In fact the last time they didnít concede was in the beating of Droylsden in mid-November.
The Tigers appeared early from the dressing after half-time, but it was to no avail as Celtic remained on top. On seventy four minutes, Adam Kay's long ball over the top allowed Marsh to run clear and round Clancy, who took the ball and Marsh's legs. It was probably a close call but the referee and his assistant agreed on a penalty and Clancy had to walk, with Scott McNiven taking over in goal. His first job was to retrieve the ball out of the net as Brogan easily converted the spot kick. Hyde brought on new loan signing Jack Mackreth from Tranmere who despite his great pace was well controlled by the Celtic defence.
There was now no way back for the Tigers and the frustration showed in injury time when Tom Manship abused the assistant. Initially there was no action but when the Hyde captain went back for more, the referee was called over and a red card was produced to complete a sorry night for the Tigers and give Celtic their first victory over Hyde in four attempts.