Monday 3rd January 2000
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Stalybridge Celtic: Ingham, Ward, Scott, Ogley, Johnston, Bauress, Pickford, Parr, Steele, Sullivan, Mason. Subs: Filson for Mason, Stanhope, Stratford for Parr.
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Gus Wilson, Paul Robertson (Stuart Walker), Brendan Aspinall, Paul Taylor, Peter Band, Steve Tobin (Darren McConnell), Neil Hall, Jody Banim, Rob Hulse, Darren Esdaille (John Foster)
Celtic won an early corner which was flicked on by Johnston and Mason headed into the arms of Bennett. Steve Tobin played the ball wide to Banim as Hyde attacked, his cross found Robertson but he sliced wide of the target. Again it was Banim provided a cross from the right but this time Paul Taylor headed wide. A long ball from Celtic released Sullivan but his low shot was turned behind by Bennett. Rob Hulse toyed with Scott before firing a shot across goal which Banim almost connected with but it flew wide. Hyde attacked straight from the off in the second half, indeed it was 13 seconds when Hulse powerfully shot over. On 49 minutes Sullivan was denied the opener when the linesman flagged him offside as he tapped home from six yards. The Tigers took the lead on 51 minutes after hitting the post following a corner Jody Banim scrambled the ball home. Celtic came back and Steele squared from the left but Ward screwed his shot wide. Hulse then beat Scott for pace and shot under Ingham but his effort was ruled out due to a foul. Celtic equalised on 70 minutes from the penalty spot, Gary Bauress converting following a handball on the edge of the box. Hulse made a tricky run beating two players but shot just wide of the upright. Taylor also went close with a dipping 35 yard effort just over the top. A slip by Aspinall let in Sullivan but Bennett saved, from the resulting corner, in the 91st minute Eddie Johnston bundled in from six yards to put Celtic ahead. In the 97th minute Winfield Steele broke away, rounded Bennett and stroked home to give Celtic a 3-1 cushion.