Macclesfield U19’s late comeback earns a deserved win against Walsall
Macclesfield U19’s A continued their defense of the EFL CEFA Cup this afternoon, defeating Walsall FC 2-1 at the Banks’ stadium.
The Silkmen wasted no time in taking control of the game as they dominated from the opening minute, creating plenty of chances throughout the half.
Lewis Price, Freddy Lloyd, and Basit Yusuff all came close in the first half as they tested the Walsall keeper on many occasions.
But the man between the sticks for Walsall had an answer for everything as he continually kept Macclesfield at bay.
Harry Lukatome had the ball in the back of the net, but the referee deemed that he had committed a foul.
Freddy Lloyd also thought he had scored after a smart finish, only to see the linesman with a raised flag.
Despite completely dominating the opening half and limiting Walsall to no attempts at their goal, the Silkmen frustratingly found themselves level at half-time.
The second half picked up exactly where it left of with Macclesfield completely dominating the game, whilst creating several openings.
Lewis Price, Rocco Fregapane, and Josh Sannoh all came close to getting a deserved goal, but none of the youngsters could find the finishing touch.
Second-half substitute Jamie Jensen found the back of the net but once again to the dismay of the Silkmen, the linesman judged him to be offside.
The long-awaited goal finally arrived on 85 minutes, but it wasn’t the goal Macclesfield had hoped for as Walsall took an undeserving 1-0 lead.
Harry Lukatome was penalized for a handball on the edge of the area and Walsall fired the ball into the top corner past Aaron Stockdale.
It looked as if it was going to be one of those days for the Silkmen, but the last five minutes of the game showed the youngsters’ mental strength.
In the 91st minute, Josh Sannoh equalized much to the joy of the Silkmen coaching staff as they looked like they were heading to a thoroughly undeserved defeat.
But Macclesfield was not done there. Up stepped Basit Yussuf, who fired in a rocket into the top corner from the edge of the area, only a minute after drawing level.
In the end, the Silkmen ran out deserved 2-1 winner and Academy coach, Paul McGuire, was delighted with the character his side displayed:
“It was one-way traffic the whole game and even their bench said so, they got one freekick on the edge of the box and went 1-0 up.”
“But we showed character, commitment and scored two goals in injury time. It was amazing.”