The Youth Development Squad ‘B’ team made it 5 wins on the bounce as they picked up their first clean sheet of the season.
A brace a piece for Ben Glendon and Kyah Cahill and a goal from Harry Massey gave the ‘B’ squad an emphatic victory over then second placed Stoke City.
The Silkmen started off with a real intensity, creating havoc in the opening couple of minutes and a spell of corners in quick succession came to no avail after good Stoke defending.
The deadlock was broken after 14 minutes through Harry Massey. A throw in from Ben Glendon found Kyah Cahill who held the ball up brilliantly to set Denis Cheben, who struck a great strike towards goal which was only parried into the six yard box for Massey to hammer home. 1-0.
We would only have to wait 3 minutes for our next goal. Some good play from Luke Draysey gave Massey the ball on the left side of the edge of the box, he drilled a shot come cross to the back post which found wide man counterpart Glendon for him to tap home. 2-0.
The Potters seemed to wake up after this goal, trying to conjure up a shot at goal but lacked the cutting edge in the final third. Goalkeeper Aum Patel was called into action after 25 minutes when a cross came in from the right and Patel did brilliant to come through a crowd of players and punch the ball away.
The third goal came after 32 minutes, it was the Massey to Glendon combination again. Fabio Ouattara and Ivan Teixiera did well to link up down the left hand side before giving the ball to Massey whose delivery wasn’t dealt with by the goalkeeper and Glendon was there to head home with help from his nose! 3-0.
Macclesfield would continue to dominate until half time but couldn’t quite conjure up enough for a 4th goal.
The second half didn’t have to wait long for another goal. Harry Massey’s gross was judged to be handled by the centre half. Man in form Kyah Cahill was confident enough to step up, his powerful penalty was initially well saved by the Stoke goalkeeper but the save fell back at the feet of Cahill who prodded home the rebound. 48 minutes gone and it was 4-0.
The game would somewhat fizzle out as Stoke looked to get a goal back with their number 7 having a free kick trickle into Patel’s hands from 35 yards out.
After 60 minutes, Rory Robertson and Danial Adam were introduced into the fray. Robertson being straight into action, getting the ball off Ouattara’s throw to turn out and switch the play to Ben Glendon who’s cross was blocked and went out for a corner.
The 5th and Cahill’s second would come 5 minutes from time. Massey would pick up his hat trick of assists as his initial corner fell back at his feet and he was given the time to whip in a delightful ball which Cahill went to head in, but like Glendon’s earlier goal, came off his face and went it.
Full Time: Macclesfield Town 5-0 Stoke City
Man of the Match: The Man of the Match award went to Harry Massey with his goal and hat trick of assists. However it was a very tough one to choose for Manager Kyle Lord after a superb midfield display from Luke Draysey and a solid performance from captain Joe Murphy at the back were close runner ups.
Manager Kyle Lord said; “I’m really proud of the lads today with that result. They put in a solid performance not only in attack but in defence also, we got our first clean sheet today in a brilliant win, it was a great team performance where they showed great togetherness. We can only push on from here now”.