Mossley 3 Stalybridge Celtic 1
TWO GOALS from Mike Fish and a penalty from Kyle McGonnigle earned Mossley a famous derby win over Stalybridge Celtic in the Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup at Hyde tonight.
The Seel Park outfit went into their fourth final in five years as big underdogs against their National League North neighbours.
But inspired by man of the match Tom Pratt, the Lilywhites picked up the trophy for an 11th time in the club’s history.
Fish gave Peter Band’s side an early lead only for Adam Farrell to equalise for the pre-game favourites.
However, the game changed on 31 minutes when ‘Bridge defender Jack Higgins was sent-off for handballing Pratt’s goal bound shot and McGonnigle did the rest from the spot.
Pratt hit the crossbar in first half stoppage time and that threatened to be a potential turning point.
Instead, Mossley maintained control throughout the second period with Liam Flynn a virtual spectator in the Lilywhites’ goal.
And lingering nerves were removed when Fish rifled in a left foot drive after 65 minutes following excellent approach by Pratt.
Teams: Flynn, McDonnell (Fitzgerald 61) Bennett, Kay, Dean, McGonnigle, Fish, Abadaki, Keogh, Pratt, Carroll (Short 71) Howell for Short 73; subs not used: Baker, Jones.