Macclesfield Town Academy EDS U19’s are hoping to lift silverware on Wednesday as they travel to St. George’s Park to play in the CEFA cup final.
The Elite Development Squad have had an eventful journey to the final as they’ve fought through some tight contests, whilst also producing some dazzling displays along the way.
The youngsters faced some stern competition in the Northern Region from Crewe Alexandra, Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday in the group stage of the tournament. But the team prevailed as they won two games and drew the other.
Undoubtedly, the highlight of the group stage was the 7-0 win against Crewe Alexander. A first-half hat-trick from Tyler James got the team on their way, then goals from Trevor Kyobe, Josh Clegg and Lewis Price rounded off what was an excellent team display.
The second win was a much tighter affair as they faced off against Sheffield Wednesday in the final game of the group stage. The scores were level at 2-2 going into the second half, but Macclesfield EDS found the all-important goal they needed to win the game 3-2.
The knockout stages produced some even more memorable moments for this young squad as their run-in included playing Blackburn Rovers, Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers and Derby County.
A thumping 10-3 win against Blackburn Rovers in the round of 16 ensured a place in the quarter finals, where they would face Nottingham Forest. Once again, this game proved to be more difficult, but the Silkmen displayed some grit as they ran out 3-2 winners.
The quarter-final and semi-final was where they really showed their class as they put on two dominating displays to be crowned EFL Northern cup champions. A 4-0 win versus Doncaster Rovers and a 3-1 at Derby county booked their place in the national EFL cup final.
Standing in their way of glory is the free-scoring Swindon Town U19’s. Similarly, the Robins have produced some magnificent attacking displays during their run to the national final. The Southern champions finished the group stage with a plus 42 goal difference.
However, Swindon faced fierce opposition in the knockout stages. They went to extra-time in one game, then booked their place in the final with a penalty shoot-out victory against Brentford.
Both teams league form is almost identical, with both winning all their games apart from one draw each.
Macclesfield Town Academy coach, Paul McGuire, couldn’t be prouder of his team’s achievements this year, as he said:
“I couldn’t be prouder of the way they have handled themselves on and off the pitch and whatever the result against a strong Swindon side, this last year has been a tremendous success for everyone involved.”
The final takes place at the St. George’s in Burton-on-Trent on Wednesday 23rd September. The game will kick-off at 3 PM and the young Silkmen side will be itching to add some more silverware to their cabinet.