A Tyler Beck brace either side of an Aidan Gorré strike saw Macclesfield U19 ‘A’ continue their 100% start to the season against previously unbeaten Burton Albion at Egerton.
After a cagey start where both teams failed to control possession for long periods, it was the Silkmen who managed to carve out the first clear cut opportunity as Bassit Yuseff found himself on the end of a Lewis Price flick on but couldn’t turn home at the back post.
As the home side grew into the game the chances became more frequent and Rocco Fregapane was unlucky not to break the deadlock as he lashed an effort over the bar after a winding run through the Brewers midfield before being forced off minutes later due to injury.
Early indiscipline from the Burton Albion defence saw Macclesfield pick up a number of dangerous looking free kicks and just after the half hour park they took full advantage.
A floated ball into the box from Zac Box was met delicately by the head of Tyler Beck who guided the ball past a helpless Burton goalkeeper and into the net to out Macclesfield into a deserved lead.
Just two minutes later and the lead could have been doubled as substitute Joao Soares had a riffled effort pushed away before Cole Ojungu’s acrobatic rebound was gathered up and cleared to keep the score 1-0 at the break.
The second half started as the first half ended with the Silkmen piling on the pressure and it wasn’t long before the home side were further in front.
Just three minutes after the restart Aidan Gore cut in from the wing and curled home a powerful finish into the far corner to put Macclesfield in complete control.
Things could’ve got even better for Macclesfield two minutes later but the woodwork denied Lewis Price who saw his header crash back off the crossbar after connecting well with Trevor Kyobe’s cross.
Burton, who had not really threatened Aaron Stockton’s net all afternoon, almost found an improbable lifeline as the game ticked over the hour mark but a wild effort from the centre forward flew wide of the post without troubling the Silkmen keeper.
The game was then put beyond doubt with 20 minutes to go as Burton Albion’s discipline again let the side down.
Trevor Kyobe burst into the Brewers penalty area after a good turn of pace and was upended in the box. The referee had no choice but to point straight to the spot and Tyler Beck stepped up to smash home his second of the afternoon to seal all three points for the Silkmen.
Macclesfield boss Paul McGuire was delighted with his sides dominant display.
“From start to finish we were definitely the best team on the day. Other than maybe the opening 10 minutes that were a bit cagey we dominated the game and thoroughly deserved the win.
“They didn’t really challenge us defensively but it’s still massively impressive of the lads to be the first side this season to keep a clean sheet against them.
“We knew it was going to be a physical battle and Burton did their best to try and disrupt our game with little niggly challenges here and there but the lads did excellently not to rise to it, continue playing the way we know we can play and get the three points.
“It’s another win in the cup and another step towards retaining the trophy and that’s what it’s all about.”
The win see’s McGuires Silkmen move top of Central Group C in the EFL CEFA Men’s Cup.