Stalybridge Celtic knocked FC United out of the Manchester Premier Cup in an an enthralling game at Broadhurst Park.
The opening 15 minutes belonged to Celtic, with FC United looking tired after so many games without a win, Steve Tames twice went close before breaking onto Aidan Chippendale’s cross field ball, bearing down on Dave Carnell, only at the last minute to pull off a beautiful squared ball into the path of Darius Osei who side footed home.
The lead didn’t last long, when Fc's Greg Daniels got half a yard and curled in a magnificent cross, which just evaded Jack Higgins and John Shaw but didn’t evade Craig Lindfield, who planted his head back across the face to equalise.
Celtic almost took the vlead again straight away, when Jack Higgins came in at the back post during a goal mouth scramble, his poked effort coming back off the post, and scrambled clear.
Moments later Celtic did regain the lead, as Osei strode away from FC's Greg Daniels and threaded a pass through the crowd to Steve Tames, who hit home.
FC United finished the half the stronger and Tom Brown pulled the ball back through a crowd then Murray steamed into the edge of the box and hit the ball straight into the top corner.
Just after the game restarted for the second half FC United’s third goal was very well executed, with Rory Patterson’s curling ball getting behind the Celtic defence, it looked like Murray was going to latch onto it, but he left it to continue into the path of Matty Wolfenden with the Celtic defence flat-footed, with only McMillan to beat, Wolfenden put the ball in the net.
However as the game went on Celtic took control,a goal looked likely, and it came from an absolutely sensational free kick from Aidan Chippendale that Matty Hughes met with a firm thumping header.Then with ten minutes left, Chris Simm gave Celtic the narrowest of leads when Lingouba set him free and he bore down on Dave Carnell, maintaining the presence of mind to smash the ball home Celtic managed to hang on to the 4-3 scoreline which sees them go into the semi-final.