Monday 6th March 2006
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, David German, Chris Lynch, Paul Jones, Mike Flynn, Lee Unsworth, Wayne Dean (Neil Tolson), Gerry Harrison, Nicky Clee, Dale Johnson, Mark Quayle. Subs not used: Steve Brackenridge, Danny Caldecott, Lincoln Adams, Danny Hooper. Sent off: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi.
Vauxhall Motors: Dittmer, Moogan, McDermott, Brazier, McNulty, O¡¯Donnell, Garrity, Rooney, Cumiskey, Lawton, Lawless. Subs: Duffy, Thomas, Martindale, Field, Spellman.
In front of a sparse crowd on a bitterly cold evening, Hyde produced a dreadful performance against relegation threatened Vauxhall Motors. Although ultimately there were unlucky not to equalise, it would probably have been an injustice if the visitors had not taken the points. Despite their two week break, too many players for Hyde looked out of sorts and didn't appear to have the appetite for the game.
To make matters worse for the Tigers, Jean Paul Ndjebayi was sent off after 79 minutes for bringing down Karl O'Donnell outside the area. It looked a 50/50 challenge. Referee, Mr Mattocks, later said he thought the foul was unintentional, which made his decision all the stranger. The ref and his assistant had also been caught in controversy for Vauxhall's second goal when O'Donnell seemingly yards offside ran threw a gaping Hyde defence and scored with an exquisite finish. These were key decisions officials need to get right, but the ref appeared to be more concerned with moving the ball back a few feet everytime a free kick was taken.
Brian Moogan gave the visitors the lead on 39 minutes when he thumped home a free kick from twenty yards. Hyde had twice hit the bar through Chris Lynch and Gerry Harrison, whilst Ndjebayi had made a stunning save at the other end. O'Donnell then put Vauxhall two up 10 minutes after the break before a clearance rebounded off Paul Jones into the net to give Hyde a lifeline.
Minutes after the sending off, Michael Garrity scored a screamer past Lynch who had taken over in goal, to restore a two goal lead for the visitors. Lynch then showed his ability as a 'keeper when he made a couple of great saves to keep Hyde just about in the game. Debutant Mark Quayle pulled one back with four minutes left with a cool finish. Seconds later, Dale Johnson, at least four yards offside was allowed to run through on goal but his strike was scrambled away. Right on time, David German again struck the woodwork, but it was too little too late for the beleaguered Tigers in the post Matty McNeil era.
Chris Lynch took over in goal after Ndjebayi's 79th minute dismissal.