Monday 9th December 2013
Manchester Premier Cup 2nd Round
Hyde FC: Ashley Frith, Josh Brizell, Adam Thurston, Andrew Fitzgerald, Luke Ashworth, Liam Tomsett, Jake Pollard (Damase Kiwanda), Adam Blakeman (Tom Manship), David Poole, Danny Carlton (James Kirby), Connor Hughes. Subs not used: Josh Morrell, Rhys Day.
Maine Road: Not available
By George Corrin.
Hyde FC marched into the semi finals of the Manchester Premier Cup courtesy of 4-0 win over Maine Road FC at Ewen Fields on Monday Night.
Late goals from Damase Kiwanda, David Poole and Connor Hughes put the tie beyond doubt after Liam Tomsett had given the Tigers a first half lead.
However it was far from straight forward for Scott McNivenís men as Maine Road forced keeper Ashley Frith into several fine saves, including an early penalty save.
The Tigers finally grabbed sweet revenge over the Sky Blues after they had knocked them out of this very competition last year.
The game itself started very brightly with Hyde almost taking an early lead after visiting keeper Gregory Hall was caught short after rushing out of his area.
However it was the home keeper, Ashley Frith, who was under the spot light next. The stopper clipped Matthew Beadle inside the area, leaving referee Paul Graham no choice but to point at the spot. Up stepped Saul Henderson to take the penalty but his hard and low effort was brilliantly saved by Frith.
The incident seemed to spring the Tigers into life, with Hall being called into action to stop both Poole and Danny Carlton.
Captain for the evening, Liam Tomsett finally broke the deadlock on 35 minutes with a well placed close ranged header after Adam Thurston floated a wonderful ball into the box; leaving Tomsett with the easiest of taskís to make it 1-0.
Maine Road nearly equalised just moments later, as Luke Ashworth struck his own post after trying to clear Martin Hillís low cross.
On the stroke of half time Hall came to the Sky Blues rescue again, this time making an excellent point blank save from Tomsett.
The second half saw Maine Road come out the much stronger side, with the visitors having the majority of possession. It wasnít long until Frith was called upon to deny Hendersonís one on one effort.
Just moments later Frith made another flying save to stop Hillís curling effort, in a total spell of dominance from the North West Counties side.
Midway through the second half Tomsett thought he had doubled his tally for the night after his close range effort struck the side netting.
It was up to young substitute Damase Kiwanda to finally put the game beyond doubt with a wonderful solo effort on 75 minutes. It was a goal to remember for the striker, with Kiwanda dribbling past several Maine Road defenders before slotting into the bottom right corner.
The Sky Blues almost pulled one back with a point blank header from substitute John Mason only for it to be cleared off the line by his own teammate Daniel Doherty. Minutes later Doherty broke through the Hyde defence, but the striker saw his effort go just wide of Frithís post.
The Tigers made it three soon after, with David Poole glancing in a close range header on 80 minutes. The initial move started with Kiwanda playing a through ball to Poole, only for the midfielder to strike the post. Luckily Connor Hughes was on hand to pick up the rebound and cross to an unmarked Poole to head home.
Seconds before full time Hughes made it 4-0 for Hyde, with the winger firing in Josh Brizell's cross at the back post.
As the referee blew for full time Hyde were met with a rapture of cheers from the home support, who had seen their first win since the Tigers 5-0 defeat over Cheadle Town last month.
The win will hopefully keep Hydeís confidence up during their unexpected two week break from first team fixtures.