Fine start to life at Hyde
- 17 July 2010 18:41
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
The day might have been more important than the result, but City's youngsters nevertheless ensured that the unique partnership between the clubs began with a Blues victory.
Ewen Fields, resplendent in new navy livery to mark Hyde's 125th anniversary, will host the Under-21s' reserve fixtures this season, and they made themselves instantly at home with a 2-0 win.
A scrambled first-half opener from Ahmed Benali took some of the wind out of Hyde's sails before Chris Chantler stroked in the clinching goal with seven minutes remaining.
Considering the squad were short of several key members, promoted for the tour of the United States, it represented a more than satisfactory start for Steve Eyre's lads.
They also lost James Poole just hours before kick-off and Northern Ireland defender Ryan McGivern just a few minutes into the game.
McGivern had almost headed City into the lead from a corner but appeared to land awkwardly and was taken off as a precaution, replaced by Swiss youth international Freddie Veseli.
Hyde, who had former City prospect Danny Pollitt in their ranks, were clearly not prepared to concede the result to their new partners and put up strong first-half resistance
But after goalkeeper Loris Karius had been kept on his toes by a couple of near-misses, Benali changed the dynamics when he finished off a parried shot from a 40th-minute corner.
Bryn Hinley, a late call-up in Hyde's goal when Burnley coach Craig Mawson unexpectedly jetted out to Singapore, was Hyde's hero thereafter with a string of fine saves.
But he was unable to keep out a cool finish from Chantler following an astute pass from substitute Joan Olle Roman, who also smacked a post with a dipping shot in injury time.
City: Karius; Vidla, Tse, McGivern, Smith; Elabdellaoui, Clayton, Abu, Chantler; Bunn (Roman, 70), Benali.
Hyde: Hinley, Stott, Smart, Lees, Taylor, Pollitt, Rick, Lea, Scott, Burke, Stewart.
Referee: A Moore. Att: 620