Monday 13th February 2006
Manchester Premier Cup Semi-Final
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, David German, Chris Lynch, Lincoln Adams, Paul Armstrong, Nathan Wharton (Danny Hooper), Wayne Dean, Steve Brackenridge, Danny Caldecott, Neil Tolson, Matty McNeil (Dale Johnson). Subs not used: Gerry Harrison, Mike Flynn, Paul Jones.
Flixton: Molyneux, Jones, Mortimer, Ayres, Varley, Gilghan, Tullock, Holden, Wilkinson, Landregan, Grandison. Subs: Bates, Hogan, Heath, Haley, Bold.
Hyde ultimately progressed to the final of the Manchester Premier Cup for the second year running, but it was not plain sailing as they had to come from two goals down against a spirited Flixton side.
Steve Waywell took the opportunity of rotating his squad to give some tired legs a rest, but it looked to be going horribly wrong as Matt Landregan scored after 16 minutes for the visitors and grabbed another less than a minute later with the Tiger's reshaped defence all over the place.
Jean Paul Ndjebayi was forced into a couple of excellent saves as Flixton grew in confidence. However the visitors were struggling to control Matty McNeil and it was no surprise when he burst through on 25 minutes to shoot past veteran 'keeper, Mark Molyneux. Jean Paul was forced into a great save to keep out Lee Wilkinson's effort, but two rights right on half time, put the Tigers ahead.
On 44 minutes Wayne Dean shot against Molyneux, but Neil Tolson was on hand to hammer the ball home. Seconds later McNeil capitalised on a defensive error to shoot the Tigers in front to close a pulsating first half.
After the break, Hyde took a grip on the game limiting Flixton to some long-range efforts. Dale Johnson replaced the irrepressible McNeil and grabbed a fourth with five minutes left after another defensive howler. Normal Service had been resumed, but not without a few scares along the way.