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03 September 2019 Venue Moss Rose Attendance

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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town vs Newcastle United U21

3 September 2019

The Silkmen will kick-off their 2019/20 Trophy campaign this evening as we welcome Newcastle United under-21s to the Moss Rose.

Macc come into the game on the back of a hard-fought draw against Stevenage on Saturday, and we will be looking to go one better against the side that eliminated us on penalties in this competition at St. James’ Park last season.

We hope to see as many of you as possible come and support the team in what looks set to be an enthralling encounter under the Moss Rose lights.

As for our opposition, whilst they play an under-21 side in this competition their youth and reserve system is usually made up of under-18s and under-23s sides respectively.

Their EFL Cup run came to an end in round three last campaign, as they fell to a heavy 4-0 defeat away to rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in January.

For a more recent insight as to what we can expect from our visitors this evening, Newcastle United under-23s have had a tough start to their Premier League 2 campaign; losing their opening three matches before defeating Fulham’s PL2 side 2-1 on Friday.

Players from Newcastle’s under-18s side are also likely to feature this evening, and they have got off to a steady start in the U18 Premier League; earning four points from their opening four fixtures.

Newcastle under-23s captain Owen Bailey, who is likely to skipper the under-21 side this evening, had this to say ahead of the match:

“The Trophy is something we really look forward to every year so everyone's very excited. It's massive for all of the lads to show what they've got in front of all the EFL clubs. 

"It's a big opportunity for the club as well to prove what we are like against the likes of Macclesfield and other Football League sides and seeing where you are at as a player.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield 2 v 1 Newcastle U21

3 September 2019

A Virgil Gomis winner ensured Macc picked up their first Trophy win of the season, despite the spirited efforts of Newcastle United U21.

The Frenchman scored the decisive goal in a hectic second half of a game that saw more than one wonder goal.

Macc saw plenty of the ball in the opening period but couldn’t conjure up any real opportunities to test Turner in the Newcastle goal. O’Keefe and Gnahoua impressed in particular with their energy and directness proving to be a problem for the visitors back line.

The opening goal came in the 18th minute through Macc’s first shot on target from the most unlikeliest of sources. Full-back David Fitzpatrick received the ball in space around 30 yards from goal and with few options on, he rifled a shot into the top right corner of the Magpie’s net.

After the stunning strike Macc seemed to take their foot off the gas, allowing Newcastle to see more possession. The visitors passed the ball well but still couldn’t force debutant Charles-Cook into a save.

However, the next chance fell to Macc though returning forward Arthur Gnahoua. Making his Moss Rose return, the new-boy’s determination forced him past Magpie’s defenders, but his shot was dragged narrowly wide of the right post.

Newcastle’s first chance came on the stoke of half time through Thomas Allan after he was threaded through on goal. With Charles-Cook sprinting out to meet him on the edge of the box, the midfielder dinked his shot over the keeper and wide for a goal kick.

The second half got off to an electric start, in stark contrast to the opening period. Newcastle immediately grabbed their equaliser after the break through the games second brilliant strike, this time from Luke Charman. The midfielder checked inside to ping a shot into the top left of the Macc goal from just outside the box.

Charman was the man to trouble the Silkmen backline again in the 58th minute, this time his first time effort was blazed over the bar from close range.

It was then Macc’s turn to attack, Rose picked out Horsfall at the back post from his corner, but the defender headed over in a situation where he should’ve done better.

The Silkmen regained their lead shortly after, courtesy of a silky counter attacking move. Corey O’Keefe was found bombing down the right hand side, and his cross was expertly finished by Virgil Gomis who was lurking on the penalty spot.

The Frenchman should have bagged his second almost immediately after when Gnahoua’s deflected shot landed kindly for the striker in the box, but he could only shoot straight at Turner.

The Newcastle keeper was the hero again in the 71st minute when he flew ascross his goal to save substitute Stephens’ header. Horsfall leaped highest to head Rose’s free kick back across goal to the striker, but Turner performed heroics to keep the shot out from close range.

As the match meandered on, Newcastle upped their pressure on the Macc backline but the visitors struggled to break the Silkmen backline once more. Charman forced Charles-Cook into a save from a tame shot with five minutes to go but that would not be the last action of a hectic second half.

In the last minute, danger was averted when a goal mouth scramble was cleared with Toon players queuing up to score a late equaliser. However despite the best efforts of the visitors, the Silkmen held on to take their first win in the Trophy for the 19/20 campaign.  

Macclesfield: Reice Charles-Cook, Eddie Clarke, Arthur Gnahoua (Stephens 64’), Connor Kirby, Fraser Horsfall, Corey O’Keefe, Jacob Blyth (Osadebe 64’), Virgil Gomis (Archibald 77’), David Fitzpatrick, Michael Rose, Nathan Cameron

Subs not used: Owen Evans, Fiacre Kelleher, Theo Vassell, Joe Ironside.

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Ticket News

Claim Your Newcastle Match Ticket Instantly With TicketCo

3 September 2019

The Silkmen embark on their Trophy campaign this evening, and ahead of our game with Newcastle United U21s, we are pleased to confirm ticket prices.
It will just be the Big Brand Ideas stand open for the game, with prices set at the following -
Adults: £10.00
Over 65 / Under 25: £5.00
Under 18: £2.00
You can purchase and claim your ticket immediately via our new TicketCo facility which can be located here.

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