Hyde United youth team flying high as they progress in the FA Cup

HYDE United won through to the first-round proper of the FA Youth Cup in style following an 8-1 victory against Skelmersdale United.

And the reward for the Tigers, who have won through four qualifying rounds, is a trip to EFL side Tranmere Rovers on Friday, November 6.

It will be an opportunity for the youngsters to play at Prenton Park though, sadly, no spectators will be permitted to watch.

Manager, Jack Pritchard

Reaching the first-round proper, when some EFL clubs enter the competition, had been Hyde’s goal.

“This will be our cup final and there will be no pressure on us as Tranmere will be expected to win,” explained manager Jack Pritchard.

It has been an amazing journey for Hyde Under-18s who have beaten Runcorn Linnets, Southport, Stockport County and Skelmersdale United.

In their most recent win against Skelmersdale on Friday, October 23, Luis Cantello, 16, son of former West Brom legend Len, scored a hat-trick.

Cantello, who will still be eligible to play next season, took over the goalscoring mantle from Oli Grey who was badly injured in the win against Stockport County and may need surgery to repair ruptured knee ligaments.

“Luis came to us after being released by Rochdale. He has done really well and has a great future ahead of him,” explained Pritchard.

There were also two goals for Dilesh Patel and one apiece for Fin Rorke, Edson Daio and Ethan Park who was snapped up by Rochdale’s academy after the win against Southport but allowed to remain for the rest of the FA Youth Cup campaign.

Hyde blew their opponents away in the opening period when they established a 6-0 advantage.

“It was as complete a performance as you will see, and it had been coming for a long time,” added Pritchard.

With the game won, Pritchard was able to bring on Daio, Niall Garner and Cam Gresty late on the game.

They were the only members of the 18-player squad not to have got any game time in the competition.

“They have been part of the squad and it was great they got to play a part in the win against Skelmersdale,” explained Pritchard.

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