A mature B team performance gives them first league win
MTFC YDS ‘B’ team put in a mature performance to help them to their first league victory of the season and make it 2 wins in succession.
It was a slow start to the game with both teams trying to come out on top in a tough opening 15 minutes where both teams looked to try and create chances.
Sheffield United’s number 10, Alusine Mansary, looked to be a threat on the ball as the blades continually looked to find the athletic midfielder. However, The Silkmen’s number 6 – and man of the match – Rory Robertson, nullified the threat and continued to pick the ball of Mansary and look to set The Silkmen on the ascendancy.
After half an hour of not much happening in the game, the fixture sparked into life for the next 15 minutes.
On 31 minutes, a quick free kick from Fabio Outtara gave the returning Jordao Costa a chance to deliver, and a fantastic delivery was met by Femi Johnson at the bag post who’s shot was too powerful for The Blades’ ‘keeper. That’s two in two now for Femi and 1-0.
It was 2-0 8 minutes later as Kyah Cahill got his second and his third in two games as the solid Rory Robertson broke up United’s play yet again and played the ball to Haron Alhamruni, who’s brilliant through ball sent Cahill through one on one, clearly onside as he raced through from inside his own half – Cahill rounded the goalkeeper and powered the ball home. 2-0! 39 minutes played.
Sheffield United came into the game after the goal and seemed to look to have got a goal back straight from kick off as they went on the attack and if it wasn’t for 3 goal line clearances from Joao Soares, they would have scored.
However, their next attack they were more clinical. Macclesfield failed to clear their lines and United’s Joe Haley got on the end of a James Woodhouse through ball and his shot was too powerful for ‘keeper Aum Patel who got a strong leg on it but the ball trickled into the back of the net. 2-1, 4 minutes before half time.
The goal seemed to spark Macclesfield into life and in the 44th minute a cross field ball from Rory Robertson hit the referee – the new laws came into play as Referee Nigel Lane awarded a drop ball for The Silkmen – playing in their away colours of Black and Neon – Captain Kofi Johnson got on the drop ball and composed himself to pick out a great ball over to Harry Massey, who bought the ball down and rolled it across goal for the hardworking Kyah Cahill to roll into an empty net from a yard out. 3-1.
A strong position for The Silkmen at Half Time.
The second half didn’t live up to how the first half finished and the game seemed to fizzle out. So Manager Kyle Lord looked to his bench and bought on the strength and danger of Ben Glendon, Luke Draysey and Nabil Ghazaoui – They we’re all straight into action as Glendon’s run down the wing left the full back stranded and his cut back was met by Jordao Costa but his effort was thwarted by centre back Corisin Foster.
Luke Draysey and Nabil Ghazaoui then hard efforts off target as Sheffield United we’re camped in their half trying to defend attack after attack.
On 65 minutes the brilliant Haron Alhamruni was replaced by Spencer Bell and again another substitute was straight into the action. Bell broke away and drove forward but his shot went wide of the target.
The brilliant Rory Robertson was next to depart as Denis Cheben came into the fray after 70 minutes. Cheben looked to add a different style to the forward line as he worked hard alongside Cahill. The Cheben – Cahill partnership was straight into the action as a neat one-two allowed Cheben to drive forward, he was fouled and picked himself up for to take the free-kick but his free-kick was well held by goalkeeper Ty Welsh.
There were still chances coming and going but the game fizzled our and The Silkmen’s maturity to manage the game and keep the ball ran the clock down to full time.
A brilliant win for the ‘B’ team and a first league win made it two wins out of two in October against two teams representing two Premier League Clubs.
Patel, Soares, K. Johnson (C) , Austin, Outtara, Robertson (Cheben 70’), Alhamruni (Bell 85’), F. Johnson (Glendon 60’), Costa (Draysey 60’), Massey (Ghazaoui 60’), Cahill.
Man of the Match: Rory Robertson – Rory was a constant thorn in The Blades attacks and broke up play and played the holding midfield role really well.
Manager Kyle Lord said: “Well done to the lads, another positive result and some really good performances – hopefully, we’ll be able to promote some of them into the ‘A’ squad soon”.