Rhys Taylor was the hero for Macclesfield in an enthralling cup encounter at the Moss Rose.
Fiacre Kelleher’s goal was cancelled out by Bradford’s Luca Colville but a string of incredible saves during the game and in the penalty shootout saw Macc through to the Second Round for the first time in six years.
Mark Yates started the evening by making three changes to his Silkmen squad. Malachi Napa, Scott Wilson and Miles Welch-Hayes all started in place of Tyrone Marsh, Koby Arthur and Jared Hodgkiss.
The first real chance of the game fell to Macc in the seventh minute. Good work from Malachi Napa down the right wing allowed him to cut inside and find Danny Whitaker whose long-range effort was well saved by Bantams goalkeeper Ben Wilson.
Sherwin Seedorf had Bradford’s first clear cut chance of the game, but he couldn’t direct his shot goalward as it flew behind for a goal-kick.
Visiting goalkeeper Wilson was making his Bradford debut in between the sticks and he was being given no easy ride from Mark Yates’ side.
Harry Smith expertly pinned his marker, allowing him to turn and shoot towards goal – but Wilson caught the ball well to deny him his goal.
The Silkmen’s Rhys Taylor was the next to be called into action. Ex-Crystal Palace and Huddersfield winger Sean Scannell worked well with Joe Riley down the right win before the latter whipped in a cross to George Miller in the box. However, Taylor was equal to the headed effort and kept the score at 0-0.
Taylor was kept busy once again in goal shortly after. This time Adam Chicksen cleverly jinked his way through the penalty box and drilled a shot towards the bottom left corner of the goal, but Taylor excellently got down to save.
Just after the half-hour mark the Silkmen survived a barrage of Bradford pressure. Firstly, Taylor saved George Miller’s shot before Malachi Napa cleared the ball up the field.
However, the pressure wasn’t over just yet as Anthony O’Connor’s long range drive was stopped by Taylor.
The best chance of the game fell to the Silkmen on 42 minutes. The ball was floated into the box and after the Bantams defence couldn’t clear Callum Maycock, Scott Wilson and Harry Smith all saw their close-range efforts blocked.
Seedorf had the last chance for the Bantams before half-time and should’ve given the League One outfit the lead - but Jamie Grimes did well to deflect his effort behind for a corner leaving the score goalless at the break.
Macclesfield were the first to threaten in the second-half. Scott Wilson’s darting run through the Bradford half opened the angle for a long-range shot, but Wilson was once again equal to the effort.
The breakthrough came one minute before the hour mark when Fiacre Kelleher headed past Bradford goalkeeper Ben Wilson after connecting perfectly to Michael Rose’s cross.
However, it didn’t stay that way for long as just 2 minutes later Bradford levelled. Debutant Luca Colville’s 20-yard strike proved to be too much for Taylor as it arrowed into the goal.
Taylor once again produced an incredible stop from six yards out, denying O’Connor from point blank range - an important stop meaning the game went to penalties.
Danny Whitaker expertly tucked the first penalty home and despite Harry Smith missing his effort, Taylor's saves from Riley and O’Connor were the difference.
Tyrone Marsh tucked the final penalty away, sending Moss Rose into raptures after a great giant-killing act.
The Silkmen will now be in Thursday's Second Round draw with the potential of facing Premier League opposition.
Macclesfield Town: Taylor, Welch Hayes, Kelleher, Grimes, Fitzpatrick, Wilson (Arthur '71), Maycock, Rose, Whitaker, Smith, Napa (Marsh '90)
Subs not used: Lowe, Blissett, Evans, Pearson, Simpson.
Bradford City: Wilson, Riley, O'Connor, McGowan, Chicksen, Colville (Wright '71), Akpan, Seedorf, Scannell, Miller (Brunker '70)
Subs not used: O'Donnell, Robinson, Gibson, Wood, Knight-Percival
By Andrew Gate