Hyde United’s FA Cup journey comes to an end
Friday 3rd November 2017 @ 21:51 by Adam Higgins
Football Sports

Hyde United’s exciting Emirates FA Cup adventure came to an end on Friday night as MK Dons cruised to a 4-0 win in their televised first-round tie at Ewen Fields. 

The Tigers were backed by a sell-out crowd of 3,123 fans on the biggest night in the club’s recent history in front of the BBC Sport cameras but unfortunately they were unable to pull off what would have been one of the greatest upsets in the history of the famous competition whilst in the national spotlight.

It was a chastening night for Darren Kelly’s in-form side, who are unbeaten in 20 league games, as the League One club dominated throughout, with first-half goals from Aidan Nesbitt and Chuks Aneke added to by further strikes from Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Ed Upson.

Despite the disappointing outcome, the Evo-Stik First Division North outfit can be proud of their achievement in reaching this stage and the financial rewards will be hugely beneficial to the club.

Just before kick-off, a flare was thrown onto the pitch, which caused some damage to the artificial surface, but referee David Webb decided the game could go ahead.

It took just 14 minutes for the visitors to take the lead as former Celtic youngster Nesbitt curled a first-time looping shot into the top corner.

Phattharaphol Khamsuk, Hyde’s most dangerous player in the first half, went close to an equaliser with a free-kick but ex-Arsenal trainee Aneke netted with a sublime free-kick of his own just before the break.

The Tigers worked hard throughout and almost found the net in the second half when Harry Coates headed over from Tom Pratt’s cross but MK Dons were firmly in control and added gloss to the scoreline through Ebanks-Landell’s close-range finish and a 20-yard strike from Upson.

Speaking afterwards, Hyde boss Kelly gave credit to some of the third-tier side’s football but expressed his pride in his players for the way they acquitted themselves on the big stage.

He told BBC Sport: “All we could ask the lads was to match their effort levels. It was a fantastic journey. We were dead on our feet after 60 minutes. Some of MK Dons’ play was fantastic. They cut us open.

“In terms of heart, desire and commitment – we were there with them. We train two nights a week and they’re full time. Some of their play was fantastic. All our home games, we’ve had 300 fans. Today we had 3,500.

“The second goal knocked the stuffing out of the players. We had a couple of half chances. We’ve really enjoyed this run. Hopefully our next league game, we’ll get some more fans.”

Hyde’s Khamsuk also told BBC Sport after the game: “Fair play to them, they are five leagues above us and it showed at times. We have played really well throughout the tournament, had some tough games and dug in and come out with real credit.”

While MK Dons head coach Robbie Neilson reserved praise for the Tigers, saying: “It was a terrific night for us. It is a difficult place to come. Hyde were fantastic, I thought, but we managed to get through.”

Hyde will be hoping to respond positively when they return to league action on Tuesday night with a trip to Colne.