Wednesday 21st January 2004
Manchester Premier Cup 2nd Round
Mossley: Melville, Howard, Bradshaw, Phillips, Sheil, Coyne, Heaton, Tobin, Carroll, Mike, Headley. Subs: Bailey, Morning, Dootson
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury, John Gaynor (Tony Ellis), Craig Buckley (Andy Waine), John O'Kane, Nicky Hill, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson (Lee Madin), Kieran Delaney, Matty McNeil
The result of this thrilling cup-tie was in doubt until John O'Kane sealed it thirteen minutes into extra time with a 'goalden goal'. The Tigers had come back from the dead after being two goals down with just half an hour left. In true Tigers style the match should have been won before half-time, but then two defensive errors early in the second half appeared to seal their fate, but the never say die attitude, some inspired substitutions, and a brilliant fightback says it all.
The Tigers played some great football throughout. Phil Salt was back in midfield, but it was John Gaynor who took the honours there with a superb performance until he was injured late on. At the back Nicky Hill and John O'Kane were supreme but were let down with the ball constantly given away in front of them. That caused Mossley's two second half goals and Craig Buckley paid the ultimate price as he was immediately substituted and replaced by Andy Waine. It was Waine that added some grit into midfield with his energetic running and awesome tackling. Five minutes later leading scorer, Neil Tolson, was also subbed. It has to be said both he and Bugsy were surprised, but Steve Waywell had the final word as the Tigers stormed to, what seemed on sixty minutes, an unlikely victory.
Other stars for Hyde were Steven Clegg and Kieran Delaney who caused havoc throughout on the right and were ultimately responsible for bring Hyde back into the game.
The Tigers took the lead on 25 minutes when Tolson headed home. At this stage all was going swimmingly for Hyde, but eight minutes later an error on the left and former Tiger, Tony Carroll had a simple task to head home. This gave Mossley some impetus and they finished the half the stronger.
Hyde had a couple of early chances in the second half, but it was Leon Mike who scored a great solo goal on 54 minutes and then three minutes later added another after the ball had been given away. Then the subs, but the Tigers were still all at sea, but slowly but surely the flowing football returned as Mossley hampered by injuries to Carroll and Alan Bailey went on the defensive.
John O'Kane pulled one back on seventy minutes after he stroked the ball home after a melee and then with just eleven minutes left, Lee Madin scored after the ball had come back off 'Keeper Phil Melville. A grandstand finish ensued but no further goals, but plenty of close shaves.
Hyde took the upperhand in extra time and missed a stream of chances until Melville could only touch a screamer from Waine onto the bar, and as it dropped Golden balls' best mate, O'Kane, was on hand to force the ball home, if it wasn't over the line already, to give Hyde victory by the Golden Goal. An improbable end to a great game.