Monday 9th January 2006
Manchester Premier Cup 2nd Round
Curzon Ashton: Fish, Waine, Hinchcliffe, Riley, Kay, Birch, Morris, Edghill, Norton, Moore, Radcliffe Subs: Allan, McDonough, Lees, Knapman, Ball
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, Paul Armstrong, Danny Caldecott, Lincoln Adams, Mike Flynn, Danny Hooper (Greg Traynor), Steve Brackenridge, Chris Lynch, Nicky Clee (Nicky Hill), Dale Johnson (Matty McNeil), Neil Tolson. Subs not used: Paul Jones, Wayne Dean.
Report by Tony Beard:
Matty McNeil came off the bench to head the only goal in this pretty dour Tameside Derby, but it was enough to secure Hyde a home semi-final tie against Trafford or Flixton as they looked to retain the Manchester Premier Cup.
Steve Waywell had rung with changes with Danny Hooper and Greg Traynor making their debuts for the Tigers, whilst Nicky Hill returned from injury to play the last ten minutes. Wayne Dean, Paul Jones, Gerry Harrison and Mc Neil were given well earned rests, whilst Nathan Wharton was unavailable, for this potentially tricky tie.
In a game of few real chances on a difficult pitch, it was Dave Fish in the Curzon goal who was the busiest of the two 'keepers with a string of competent saves, especially in the second half as Hyde stepped up the pace after a pretty inept first half.
Steve Brackenridge struck the woodwork on 60 minutes and seven minutes later McNeil set up Nicky Clee, but his shot struck the legs of Fish and went for a corner. Clee took it himself and McNeil was on hand to score. Although Curzon applied some late pressure, Hyde always looked comfortable and held out without too many alarms.