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Project 21 Match Report: Macclesfield Town U18s 5 v 2 Davenham U18s

18 November 2018

Macclesfield Town Under 18s stormed into the Mid Cheshire League Cup Semi-Finals this afternoon, as they secured a 5 - 2 victory over Davenham at the Moss Rose.

Jim Hall's side started the encounter on the front foot and took the lead after just three minutes when Akim Samms' thunderous effort could only be parried by Liam Wilson and Hussein Mohammed was on hand to convert the rebound.

Six minutes later Macc doubled the advantage as Samms brought an end to a flowing Silkmen move by sending a deceptive cross into the Davenham area which evaded everyone and nestled in the far corner of the net.

The Silkmen youngsters were not content with a two goal advantage however, as they laid siege on the Davenham goal with devastating regularity.

Sam Jordan, Dan Dolling and Shaun Holden all went close, before the lead was extended once more on twenty minutes when Samms seized on a loose ball in the penalty area before firing home from close range.

Eight minutes later and Davenham created their first real chance of the game, as Luke Turner fired across the face of goal and was unlucky to see his effort fizz just wide of the far post.

The visitors did pull a goal back four minutes before the interval however, as Turner was adjudged to have been fouled in the box and Jamie Oakley confidently converted the resultant penalty.

Jim Hall made four changes during the half-time break and just twelve minutes into the second period The Silkmen struck for the fourth time. Mohammed Duran stormed through the Davenham ranks, before he sprayed the ball to the right hand side which allowed Freddie Sass to unleash a pinpoint cross for Joe Cobey to emphatically finish at the far post.

Eight minutes later it was five, as Jake Hall's cross from the right was met by Sass who fired home from ten yards.

The hosts continued in their quest for more goals following this, with Hall and Cobey's pace proving to be a constant threat.

Despite this, it would be the visitors who completed the scoring in the 69th minute when Turner squeezed the ball past Jack Reynolds in the Macc goal to claim Davenham's second.

The closing exchanges saw Macc pepper the visitors goal as they looked for a sixth, yet a string of fine saves from Wilson confined the youngsters to a 5 - 2 victory.

Jim Hall's side return to the Moss Rose next Sunday afternoon, as they look to preserve their faultless league campaign when Barnton are the visitors.

Macclesfield Town: Reynolds, Midgley, Kerr, Dolling, Kabbani, Phillips, Richardson, Samms, Mohammed, Jordan, Holden.

Subs: Hall, Duran, Sass, Cobey, Madiera

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