Macclesfield Town U19 ‘A’ v Sheffield Wednesday U19 ‘A’ CEFA National Cup (Northern Section)
The Silkmen youngsters went into the northern section tie known that 3 points would put them in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stages from Group L.
The Silkmen started brightly with the usual attacking intent which has been a trademark this season. The opening goal came via good play down the right between Kyobe and Mealing with the latter producing a power cross come shot which was diverted into his own net by Battle in the heart of the visitors defence. 1-0.
The game became open, with the visitors coming increasingly into the game. Ultimately pressure told with No 3 Ethan Wilkinson leveling the scores after beating Beck in the Silkmen defence to slot home past Stockton. 1-1.
This seemed to be the wake-up call needed, as the home side started to kick into gear. After several near misses, it was Trevor Kyobe which put the Silkmen ahead. After impressing in his senior debut last Sunday in the Emirates FA Cup v’s Kingstonian, Kyobe continued his fine form with a well take close range finished. Half-time 2-1.
The Silkmen started the second half at a lack-luster pace, allowing Wednesday to gain a real foothold in the match. The visitors were rewarded with a deserved equaliser in the 60th minute after a headed finished by number 21 Jack Hackford. 2-2.
It was time for manager McGuire to switch things up, bringing on Tyler James the team’s talisman. Adding a fresh impetus upfront it was that man James who got the crucial winner in the 83rd minute. James powered through on goal and after a good save from the Wednesday keeper, James managed to react quickly enough to divert the ball into the goal securing a vital 3 points in group L. 3-2.
Manager McGuire commented; “We didn’t play well today, but we got the vital win. The lads seemed to have a bit of a hangover after the previous senior team games. They looked a bit tired and there was no real intensity like we normally have. They’ll learn from this, and if we beat Sheffield United in our final group game we’ll progress through in the cup”.
Next week the ‘A’ Team travel to Rotherham United looking to remain in top spot in the Northern Central Division One.