FA YOUTH CUP THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND – HYDE UNITED 0 SALFORD CITY 1
Last season Mani Ogunrinde’s first-half goal at Bootham Crescent secured Salford’s first ever FA Youth Cup First Round Proper appearance. He repeated the trick this evening to earn our second, scoring in the 24th minute as Hyde United were edged out at Ewen Fields. It was a keenly contested cup-tie and the Tigers will feel a keen sense of disappointment, having struck the woodwork on no less than 3 occasions. The Ammies now entertain Bradford City in a First Round tie that will be played during the week ending 3rd November.
There were only two changes to the 16 on duty for the previous round’s victory over Bootle, with Douglas James-Taylor handed the number 9 shirt and Harry Ditchfield included among the substitutes.
The young Ammies got off to a positive start and Sam Adetiloye headed over the bar before 2 minutes had been played. Next a lofted Mani Ogunrinde cross from the right looked as if might just drop under the bar until home keeper Thierry Lewis stretched to push the ball over.
Winger Dapo Olarewaju would be a thorn in Salford’s flesh throughout the evening and in the 10th minute he galloped forward on the left at great speed, getting past 2 challenges as he did so. The second forced him almost to the line before he could deliver a low cross that George Neave gathered without too much fuss.
The Tigers were looking increasingly dangerous, especially when attacking down their left flank. Full-back Jamie Pollitt was the next to push forward and his cross toward the far post was a good one. Striker Paddy Lane got in a header that may have beaten Neave, but Will Hall got in the way to head the ball clear.
Great defending from Salford and the game was certainly opening up. At the other end Ogunrinde dragged a low effort wide and James-Taylor couldn’t quite get his head to a Joel Barlow cross from the right.
Hyde were looking to get the big lads on the end of crosses too and Alex O’Connor’s deep free-kick from the right was headed high over the target by Dan Hill at the far stick.
The goal that would decide this tie arrived in the 24th minute, courtesy of a Salford throw-in on the right. The ball found its way through to OGUNRINDE who managed to poke the ball past Lewis.
The game had started off at a fair old pace that – unsurprisingly – dropped off a little as the half progressed. There were still goalmouth incidents for the 235 strong crowd to savour however, and 10 minutes before half-time Hall headed Will Shepherd’s left-flank corner wide of the far post. The Tigers almost got a leveller a couple of minutes later after a well-worked free-kick routine ended with Hill getting in a header from the right that came back off the keeper’s left-hand upright.
The half ended with another chance for the home side after Salford gave possession away cheaply inside their own half. An attempted pass out to the right was intercepted by Olarewaju who promptly jinked past the wrong-footed Adetiloye. The winger was away and from his ball inside Mason Warhurst had a 20-yarder charged down. The loose ball spun back to him and this time Warhurst slid a pass back out to Olarewaju who delivered a cross of some quality. Sean Corcoran was unmarked and centrally positioned yet from 10 yards out could only direct a header wide of Neave’s right-hand post.
HALF TIME: HYDE UNITED 0 SALFORD CITY 1
Not too much luck for the Tigers in front of goal so far and their fortunes wouldn’t improve much after the break. It would not be for the want of trying however and soon after the restart Olarewaju’s run on the left took him into the box. A low ball across the face of goal didn’t get a touch from anybody before going out of play beyond the far upright.
Play became more condensed for a while and it seemed the respective defences – and keepers – had the measure their attacking adversaries. Hyde’s Lane tried a low stinger of a shot from left-of-centre and 18-yards out only to see the effort charged down and cleared.
The action resumed and the Tigers came very close to an equaliser in the 61st minute as Hill got his head to another cross, Once again he was denied by the woodwork as the ball came back off the front of the crossbar. Possession fell for a team-mate right in front of goal but, perhaps off-balance, he could only prod the ball back across the goalmouth where it was eventually cleared.
Salford were riding their luck a little bit at times but it didn’t seem to be in particularly short supply this evening. Once again Olareweju set off on a run down the left, this time cutting into the angle of the box before hitting a gently curving effort that rebounded off the upper part of the far post before spinning back across the face of goal. There was no red shirt on hand to force the ball home as the Ammies enjoyed their third slice of good real good fortune.
Hyde were determined to force the equaliser they probably deserved and Pollitt met O’Connor’s free-kick from the right, yet but could only lift a rising 15-yard first-time effort over the bar.
Not a comfortable second half for the Ammies but they never lost their resolve and began to look the stronger team as the final whistle approached. With a dozen minutes left on the clock substitute Dan Thompson-Edwards tried his luck with a 25-yard, left-of-centre free-kick awarded for a foul on James-Taylor. The shot beat the defensive wall but didn’t dip enough to trouble Lewis in the home goal.
Soon after that Ogunrinde busily mopped up a loose ball before unleashing an effort from 18-yards out and right-of-centre. It was a decent strike but Lewis wasn’t forced into action as the ball cleared his bar by a foot or two. Within 60 seconds James-Taylor did tremendously well to hold up possession just inside Hyde territory and even better to emerge in possession from a crunching challenge. Suddenly a path to goal had opened up and Salford’s number 9 made it to the edge of the area, just right-of-centre, before slamming a low effort that was well saved by Lewis.
Hyde threw on all 3 substitutes late on but their grip on the game had slipped by this stage and Neave’s goal would not be threatened unduly again. A number of second half stoppages meant that 6 minutes of time added on were indicated but it was Salford who came closest to adding to the scoring. During the last of that half-dozen Ogunrinde turned on the style wide on the right, denying a clutch of Tigers who were desperately trying to nick possession away from him. They had no luck as the Salford forward calmly turned back into space before passing short to Kamar Moncrieffe. A quick square ball inside picked out Thomson-Edwards who let fly with a powerful 20-yarder that was straight at Lewis. The home keeper could only push the ball out but recovered quickly to claim possession.
There was time for little more and it is the Ammies who entertain Bradford City in the First Round.
FULL-TIME: HYDE UNITED 0 SALFORD CITY 1
An impressively resilient performance from Salford City’s youth side who were certainly given a game on Hyde’s 3G surface. The Ammies played some good football, defended intelligently when required and finished an energy-sapping 90 minutes strongly. Hyde will point, with some justification, at those three strikes of the woodwork and it’s probably not unfair to state that this entertaining cup tie could have gone either way.
It is Salford however who progress to the First Round and League One Bradford City will send their youth team to the Peninsula Stadium during week-ending 3rd November.
Hyde United: 1. Thierry Lewis, 2. Henry Bonynge (Joel Constantine, 90+2), 3. Jamie Pollitt, 4. Luke Vayro, 5. Dann Hill, 6. Alex O’Connor, 7. Dapo Olarewaju, 8. Jack Worthington (Jake Humpries, 85), 9. Paddy Lane, 10. Sean Corcoran, 11. Mason Warhurst (Alfie Downey, 85)
Subs Not Used: Riccardo Longato, Mamadoue Jawia
Salford City: 1. George Neave, 2. Joel Barlow, 3. Adam Barthram, 4. Brandon Lockett, 5. Will Hall, 6. Sam Adetiloye (Alex Doyle, 64), 7. Emmanuel Ogunrinde, 8. Will Shepherd, 9. Douglas James-Taylor, 10. Zack Woodcock (Dan Thompson-Edwards, 74), 11. Kamar Moncrieffe
Subs Not Used: Sam Wright, Harry Ditchfield, Clayton Gorman