Macclesfield Town Academy Elite Development Squad were crowned EFL CEFA champions this afternoon, defeating Swindon Town A 3-1 at St. George’s Park.
It was a cagey opening fifteen minutes as the sides settled into what was a huge match, with both teams battling to control the midfield.
The first chance of the game fell to the young Silkmen side with Cole Ojungu going through on goal, after a long ball. However, he was closed down quickly by the Swindon keeper so could only manage to poke the ball just wide.
Only minutes later, Luke Draysey had an effort from long-range tipped over the crossbar by the Swindon goalkeeper.
Around twenty minutes in, the Silkmen really started to take control of the game and put pressure on the Robins. Cole Ojungu showed great desire as he pressured the Swindon defence and won the ball high up the pitch, but his cross failed to find a teammate.
Moments later, Macclesfield put together a great team move that resulted in a great cross from Trevor Kyobe. After a blocked shot and scramble in the box, Swindon managed to clear their lines.
Midway through the first half, the young Silkmen team were stunned by a goal that went completely against the run of play. Harry Lukatome’s attempted pass was intercepted and Swindon grabbed a smash and grab goal to put the Robins 1-0 up.
But Macclesfield Town kept plugging away and was back on level terms ten minutes later, courtesy to a superb finish from Luke Draysey. After a flowing team move, the ball fell perfectly for Draysey on the edge of the box and he drilled his shot into the bottom corner.
The Silkmen continued to pressure the opposition as they pushed higher up the pitch. Another dazzling attack resulted in a cross from Joao Soares, but it was just too high for the arriving Seb Losa.
Just before half-time, Macclesfield was rewarded for their pressure as Cole Ojungu punished the Swindon defence for a mix-up in the penalty area.
The Silkmen came out in the second half with a 2-1 lead and Swindon worked hard to force their way back into the game.
The Robins would have had a one on one opportunity in the 56th minute if it wasn’t for Harry Lukatome. The young defender made up for his error early in the game with a brilliant last-ditch tackle.
Swindon created more half-chances from set-pieces during the second half but couldn’t convert their headers.
The young Silkmen side weathered the early storm at the start of the half and began to grow into the game again. Seb Losa delivered an excellent ball into the box from a freekick, but Cole Ojungu couldn’t keep his headed effort down.
Towards the end of the game, the Macclesfield EDS squad really began to show their class as they took control of the game. On 76 minutes, they were rewarded as Joao Soares finished a free-flowing attacking move with a cool finish.
They could have had another as Ramani Manning produced a great run, however the youngster couldn’t get his effort on target.
In the end, the game finished 3-1 and Macclesfield Town EDS were crowned National EFL champions. Academy coach, Paul McGuire, was absolutely delighted with his team’s achievement:
“I do believe we were the better team. Different class, the lads showed great character and attitude.”