Match Report: Macclesfield U19 B vs Birmingham City U19 B

The Silkmen U19’s B side picked up their first three points of the season this afternoon, comfortably beating Birmingham City 3-1 in wet conditions at Macclesfield College

Having been beaten 3-1 by The Blues on the opening day, the win for the Silkmen represents a big step in the right direction as they try to get their season on track following back to back defeats.
An Arron White brace either side of a Lewis Jodrell strike ensured the Silkmen got their first win of the season, leapfrogging their Midlands opponents in the process.
The home side got off to a blistering start, causing Birmingham some real problems before White opened the scoring after just 10 minutes.
A perfectly weighted through ball by Louis Ashton was latched onto by Arron White who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home to break the deadlock early on.
Macclesfield continued to dominate the first half and could have extended their lead through Joe Murphy and Dennis Cheben, both of whom had good chances stopped.
As the visitors began to get more and more desperate to get back into the game they started to punt long balls forward which the Macclesfield defence dealth with, with ease.
Eventually tho the elements played their part and a slip at the back for Macc allowed Birmingham in and a calm finish past Fernando Mboke brought the game level against the run of play.

It seemed as though that goal gave Birmingham a kick of belief as they began to play much better football and but for some wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping by Mboke would have taken the lead.
Vietch and Lutaaya defending a dangerous Birmingham attack (cc: Ian Parker-Moore)
With the pressure mounting the Silkmen made a game changing substitution as Lewis Jodrell entered the fray and almost immediately Sam Summerbee & Oli Kendrick was rewarded for their tactical switch.
A delightful cross from first goalscorer Arron White found its way to super sub Jodrell at the back post and he made no mistake in tucking the ball into the net to restore the Silkmen’s goal advantage.
With Jodrell dictating the play in the middle, it wasn’t long before Macclesfield had deservedly doubled their lead.
Another substitute Emmanuel Ogunfeibo found the run of White with a brilliant piece of play before the Silkmen number nine delicately lifted the ball over the stranded Birmingham keeper so secure all three points for Sam Summerbee’s side.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as a flying save from a defender after Kyle Fitzgerald’s winding run and shot left the referee with no choice but to point to the spot and show the red card.
Fitzgerald himself stepped up to the spot but his powerful penalty crashed against the crossbar and out for a goalkick.
2 goal hero Arron White was delighted with the sides peformance, and hopes they can now push on with the rest of the season.
“We were brilliant today, personally it’s great to get 2 goals but the whole team deserve the credit because that performance was top class. 
“We changed things up a little bit and it just felt like everything clicked into place at the right time.
Manager Sam Summerbee was full of praise for his young Silkmen side.
“The lads we superb out there today I couldn’t have asked any more from them.
“The way we defended when Birmingham were throwing themselves at us was brilliant and going forward we were clinical when it counted.
“It’s important that we take this win and build on the performance after a poor start to season and hopefully go on to have a successful campaign.”

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