Tuesday 14th September 2004
Cheshire Senior Cup 1st Round
Macclesfield Town: Deasey, Cooke, Smart, Jones, Carr, Teague, Brackenridge, Owens, Rooney, McDonald, Fayadh. Subs: Matranga, Reid, Bailey.
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Nicky Hill (Lee Brough), Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, John O'Kane, Wayne Dean, Chris Lynch, Neil Tolson (Matty McNeil), Dale Johnson (Tony Ellis), John Gaynor
Hyde produced their best performance of the season at Macclesfield on Tuesday with a superb 2-1 victory. Moss Rose is now a superb stadium with an excellent playing surface and the Tigers took full advantage on a stormy night.
The Tigers surged forward from the outset and it seemed only a matter of time before a goal would come, but chance after chance went begging as Neil Tolson, playing his best football of the season and the irrespressible Dale Johnson ran the Macclesfield defence ragged. Jamie Milligan was wide on the left doing much of the supply and he too came close after a great one-two. He did make an impact on 33 minutes however as he swung over a pin-point corner and Chris Lynch headed home.
Disaster struck for the Tigers in injury time when Iraqi trailist Jassim Fayadh lined up a free-kick at least 35 yards out. A deflection took the ball skidding past a startled Tim Mullock for an unlikely equaliser.
The Tigers continued to press forward after the interval and Matty McNeil, on for Tolson, struck a post on 65 minutes. Ten minutes before Lynch, playing his best game of the season too, had gone close after a great run into the area. By now Dale Johnson had run himself into the ground and was replaced by the ageless Tony Ellis and within minutes the Tigers were back in front, with Steve Waywell having an uncanny knack of making substitutions effective. Another superb corner from Milligan and up popped John O'Kane to head home with just twenty minutes left.
Time now for the Tigers defence to come into their own. They had been shielded for much of the game by the efffectiveness of the midfielders, but as the legs tired, Mullock produced a couple of great saves and Paul Jones and O'Kane sealed up the middle. On the left Nicky Hill looked accomplished whilst Steven Clegg returned with a solid performance on the right. Extra-time was always a possibility as the Macclesfield youngsters pushed forward, but Hyde held firm and ultimately deserved the victory.