An excellent comeback performance saw the Silkmen u19 beat Hyde United 3-2 at the Platt Lane Complex.
The visitors Hyde Utd opened the scoring in the opening minutes after a mix up at the back allowed for a soft goal to be conceded. To further compound the agony Silkmen centre back Filipe brought down the striker inside the box, allowing the visitors to go 2-0 up after 15 minutes.
The lively Liam Turner who impressing for the 1st team in the Cheshire senior cup time away to Cammell Laird snatched a goal back just before the break. 1-2.
After some harsh words from coaches McGuire & Green, the Silkmen were a changed team in the second half. Macclesfield started to dominate the game and compete for every ball, playing a more direct brand of football.
Corey Bentley Knight and Liam Turner started to give the visitors defence all kinds of problems, with Turner grabbing a second goal after a deflected shot found its way into the bottom corner. Game on! 2-2.
With the wind in their sails it was only a matter of time before the winner came. Bentley Knight raced clear and was upended inside the box for a blatant penalty. Up stepped Jamar Campbell to slam home the penalty. 3-2 Silkmen.
The home side bravely defended a few late set pieces to take the 3 points and record this season second 3-2 league victory against local rivals Hyde United.
Coach Paul McGuire said; “In the end it was a great victory, but we really let ourselves down in the 1st half, we were flat and dull. We gave them far too much time and space, but we sorted it out second half. We have to do better than that, and start to prepare better and be ready from the first whistle”.
“But we’re proud of how they came back, and in the end proved to us that the abilities there, so to the character and fight”.
The under 19s have been in fine form of late winning the last 3 Conference games in a row, which is no mean feat at this level. The squad have now amassed more points than in the 2 previous full league campaigns, even with 7 more games to go.