Crewe Alexandra FC 1-3 MACCLEFIELD TOWN FC ‘Blues’
FCYA North Division - Under 19 - 17th February 2016 - Crewe Soccer Centre
Macclesfield Continue Excellent run of form with 4th Win League in a row
The Silkmen rose to fifth in the Conference Youth table this week after a comfortable victory over Crewe Alexandra at the Crewe Soccer Centre.
After last week’s poor start, it was important that the visitors began strong and with a slight change to the formation, the Macclesfield Defence looked in control. Both sides had a couple of really good chances to take an early lead, but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing meant the game remained goalless. Midway through the first half, the ever improving Harameyn began to take control of the game. The more the Silkmen’s attacking midfielder got on the ball, the more he began to dictate the flow and created several chances for himself and his teammates when cutting in from wide areas. Unfortunately, this dominance did not pay off as the Crewe back line stood strong to see out the first half. 0-0 HT
The simple message from Silkmen u19 Manager Stewart Brown at half time was for more of the same, as it was clear a goal would come if they played the same way. The deadlock was broken in the 51st minute when Harameyn collected the ball and found Knight in space on the far edge of the box. His low driven shot in to the far corner gave the Crewe 'keeper no chance. 0-1.
The game seemed to open up at this point and the Silkmen began to cause a real threat especially down the right hand side of their attack. Despite several chances created, the visitors wasted good opportunities to extend their lead. Then in the 65th minute, a piece of individual brilliance again from Harameyn, who cut in from the left played a one-two with Knight and fired the ball passed the 'keeper from 18 yards out. 0-2.
Crewe continued to press and played some good football of their own, although never really looked like troubling the Macclesfield defence. They managed to pull a goal back in the 75th minute when a direct free-kick on the edge of the box was pushed on to the bar by goalkeeper Hadlow, and Crewe midfielder Minshall was there to head in the rebound.1-2.
This lead to a nervy climax to the game, and it was clear that the next goal would be the most important. That goal did arrive, and it came from another free kick just outside the area, this time to Macclesfield that settled it. Cory Knight stepped up to drive a low shot in to the bottom corner and round off in the end a comfortable victory which made it an impressive four league wins in a row at u19 level. 1-3 FT.
Manager Brown spoke of his delight after the win "We have had an excellent run recently and it is great to see all the hard work starting to pay off in results. The lads put in a lot of effort today and we are all very proud of them"
Macclesfield Town Blues host Halifax Town FC at Platt Lane in another exciting FCYA League clash, kick off 1:30pm. Please come down and support the lads
MACCLEFIELD TOWN FC ‘Whites’ 3 – Guiseley AFC 0 - FCYA North Division - Under 19 - 17th February 2016 - Platt Lane Complex
Meanwhile former Silkmen 1st team player now Youth team coach Chris Hirst guided the Macclesfield Town ‘Whites’ development team to an outrageous victory against Northern league table toppers Guiseley FC.
The game started at a very high tempo with both teams keen to get control of the game. The games first scoring opportunity fell to Guiseley as they managed to get in down the right hand side and would have taken the lead if not for a fantastic save by Will Knight.
Both sides managed to cancel each other out and the game remained even for most of the first half. Macclesfield’s first real effort on goal came from the very impressive Coley, who turned sharply and hit a thunderous shot from all of 35 yards out that crashed against the crossbar and out of play. This sparked the home team in to life and after a good passage of play in midfield, it was Coley who opened the scoring as he went through 1v1 and calmly slotted the ball below the grasp of the keeper. 1-0.
Just before the half time whistle Guiseley nearly equalised as their centre forward rounded the ‘keeper and looked certain to score. As he was about to slide the ball in to the empty net Reiko Hunter provided a last ditch tackle to keep them at bay. 1-0 HT.
Following the half-time whistle, Macclesfield began to dominate the game. In the 55th minute striker Coley doubled his and Macclesfield’s tally as a cross from Jamal Tait found him unmarked at the back post to calmly slot home. 2-0.
Chances were now coming thick and fast for the Silkmen, whose confidence was beginning to show. Jayvon Morgan and Coley both had really good opportunities to score, however, it was Tyler Edwards who grabbed the third after some great work down the right by Morgan. He pulled the ball back to his midfield partner who neatly touched the ball past the defender and slotted the ball beyond the keeper. 3-0.
Guiseley, who were undefeated in 2016 and have reached the semi finals of the National League cup continued to pass and probe, however, the resolute defence stood strong and denied any scoring opportunities. It ended in a fantastic win for the Whites who have had a
difficult season so far but this result and performance showed that their hard work is beginning to pay off. 3-0 FT.
Manager Chris Hirst spoke of his delight after the game, “I’m really proud of the lads today, they worked hard and thoroughly deserve this result”. He went on to say “This will hopefully give the lads the confidence to push on for a strong end to the season”.
Macclesfield Town Whites next travel to play FC United of Manchester in what will be another good test for this young squad.
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