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Posted Tue 23 Oct 12 at 21:03 PM

Silkmen pull off shock.

Macclesfield Town are through to the second round of the FA Cup after a Tony Diagne wondergoal from 35 yards and an own goal gave the Silkmen a 2-0 win at Swindon.
The Silkmen started the first half with their best chance of the opening 45 as former Swindon man Anthony McNamee in the second minute, and this was the only time either goalkeeper was tested until almost halfway through the opening period.
Archibald-Henville saw a long range effort flying over the bar and Foderingham in the Swindon goal had to be alive to a Murtagh cross as the sum of the action before the match was approaching half time and Cronin had to save from Nathan Thompson.
The Second half saw more adventure from both sides, and early on Raffaele De Vita was narrowly missing the target with a right foot shot and Aden Flint managed to head over the bar from six yards out by the hour mark.
The Silkmen's first chances of the half cane soon after and Keiran Murtagh saw his shot saved by Foderingham.
A minute later the Silkmen were ahead thanks to a spectacular long rage strike from Tony Diagne that flew unstoppably into the top corner.
The  task was made harder for the home side seconds later when Aden Flint dived in on Amari Morgan-Smith and received a straight red for his trouble. The game then hit a scrappy patch with three yellow cards being given to the home side, and the same to Kissock and Barnes-Homer within six minutes.
When things settled down, it was Lance Cronin who was the first 'keeper in action  picking up where he left off at Grimsby with a good save from Simon Ferry before dealing with a corner from the same player.
Louis Thompson fired over the bar and James Collins short wide either side of Pablo Mills coming on for Kissock.
But as the home side attacked, the Silkmen were able to break, and it was Mackreth who was racing away towards goal when Louis Thompson tried to poke the ball away, but could only find the back of his own net.
The referee somehow found a full seven minutes of injury time, but Swindon were unable to capitalise and the Silkmen kept their second away clean sheet on the trot, but more importantly are in the hat for the second round.

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