A Brilliant Macclesfield Town U19 ‘B’ team performance saw them beat Aston Villa on Wednesday evening
Macclesfield Town U19 ‘B’ bounced back from defeat last week to win away from home against a physical Aston Villa ‘B’ team. Man of the Match Kyah Cahill started the scoring off, with Harry Massey, Haron Alhumaruni and Femi Johnson making up the Silkmen’s Four Goals.
The first half was one sided as Macclesfield looked to take advantage of the strong winds with Kyah Cahill spurning a 1 v 1 and Femi Johnson having a couple of chances misfire wide of the target.
It took Macclesfield 23 minutes to open the scoring as Harry Massey’s delightful corner was met by the powerful head of Kyah Cahill will leapt highest and beating the keeper to the ball. 1-0.
The young Silkmen side then went on the ascendency looking to create chance after chance and defence were nullifying any threat that Villa posed. Chances came and went with Kyah Cahill missing, Harry Massey, Femi Johnson and Joao Soares also missing good chances to add to the scoreline.
With half time fast approaching at 1-0, Macclesfield then hit Villa with a double whammy, Luke Draysey drove forward and rifled a shot against the crossbar, the rebound looped in the air and Harry Massey leapt highest to head into the ground and beyond the despairing goalkeeper, who will feel he could have saved it after getting a strong hand to it. 2-0 after 43 minutes. 2 minutes later on the stroke of half time, a corner from Luke Draysey was superbly knocked down by Kyah Cahill and Haron Alhumaruni’s eyes lit up as he smashed home into an empty net from a yard out.
This took Macclesfield into a commanding lead a half time.
The wind was a major factor in this football match as Aston Villa came out the blocks second half and looked to play direct and use the wind to their advantage. On 47 minutes, Villa’s Ethan Richardson rifled the post and the ball fell to Callum Scully who just had to score, it looked like he got a goal back but a brilliant goal line clearance by Connor Austin kept the scoreline 3-0.
A few minutes later, a long goal kick from Harry Moor beat the defence and Will Hussey broke away and finished well past Aum Patel. 3-1 after 53 minutes.
It took Macclesfield 5 minutes to respond though, Femi Johnson on the end of another heavy tackle – however he picked himself up and took the free kick. This free kick, is somewhat strange, Johnson’s free kick looked to have gone over the bar, however with help from the wind, the ball dropped over goalkeeper Harry Moor and into the far corner. 58 minutes and The Silkmen had their 3 goal lead restored.
The game then seemed to somewhat liven up as chances were aplenty for both teams, Aum Patel making some good saves but Harry Moor in the Villa goal making superb save after save from Denis Cheben, Kyah Cahill and Ben Glendon.
In the final minute of the game, the Aston Villa number 8, Ajay Memory broke through 4 players and flashed a shot just shy of the post.
Full Time: Aston Villa ‘B’ 1-4 Macclesfield Town ‘B’
Manager Kyle Lord said: “I’m really proud of this result as the lads seemed to play with a togetherness they didn’t show last week, it’s a testament to their character to bounce back from the disappointment last week and come here and perform with a maturity to get the win. We’ve now just got to hit that training pitch and start becoming a bit more ruthless, because if we’re being honest we should have had 7 or 8 goals today”.
Man of the Match:
A goal and assist for the ever-hardworking Kyah Cahill saw him come away with the Man of the Match award, followed closely by stand out performances from Connor Austin and Haron Alhumaruni.