After a pulsating 3-3 draw with Blackpool, Macclesfield kept up their incredible penalty shootout record in the CheckaTrade Trophy as they won a bonus point after overcoming the Seasider’s 5-3 in a penalty shootout.
A goal from Nathan Blissett and a brace from Michael Rose looked like the Silkmen would take all three points in normal time but two goals in the last four minutes for the away side made sure the tie went to penalties.
Michael Rose scored the decisive penalty after Rhys Taylor saved from Marc Bola, giving Macclesfield a bonus point in our first CheckaTrade Trophy game for six years.
Coming into the game Mark Yates made eight changes to his side. Rhys Taylor returned in between the sticks and Keith Lowe, Nathan Blissett, Miles Welch-Hayes, Peter Vincenti and Michael Rose all started the from the off.
It was a slow start to the match, but the first clear-cut chance ended up with the ball in the back of the net.
Fourteen minutes in, Malachi Napa reacted quickly to intercept the ball and after holding up the play inside the box he cleverly placed the ball into the path of Nathan Blissett who duly drilled the ball past Mafoumbi into the net to make it 1-0.
Despite going 1-0 down the Seasider’s didn’t sit back and big striker Armand Gnanduillet was in the thick of the action firstly volleying over the bar from outside the box on eighteen minutes and heading a cross wide just minutes after that.
Down at the other end Nathan Blissett was causing Blackpool problems of their own - once again testing Mafoumbi after great work from Vincenti and Napa played him through on goal.
However, the visitors were level just after the half-hour mark thanks to a superb Callum Guy strike. The midfielder picked up the ball in space and bent a shot into the the net, leaving Rhys Taylor with no chance.
Although, that goal was to be more than matched through Michael Rose just four minutes later. Rose received the ball in space 25-yards from goal and curled a spectacular strike into the top-left hand corner to restore the Silkmen’s lead.
From then on, both teams caused each other problems in what was proving to be an end-to-end fixture. Ben Heneghan came close on two occasions for the away side heading over the bar from two set-pieces and Malachi Napa fired over the bar for Macc after tormenting the away defence with his pace.
Referee C Sarginson then ended proceedings for the interval after a pulsating half with Macclesfield going into the break 2-1 up.
Blackpool’s Callum Guy had the first chance of the half. A flick on by Gnanduillet fell to the midfielder but his shot from a tight angle rolled inches wide of the post.
Peter Vincenti was making his full debut for Macclesfield and throughout the match he made his presence felt. Once again, he was in the thick of the action just after the hour mark, sending a great ball into the box which substitute Scott Wilson connected with before Heneghan blocked the shot behind for a corner.
Rhys Taylor was then called into action in the seventy-third minute. Blackpool substitute Fin Sinclair-Smith fired an acrobatic shot at goal from close-range, but the goalkeeper did well to dive to his right and parry the ball behind for a corner.
As the clock ticked into the last fifteen minutes of the tie Scott Wilson’s fantastic determination gave the Silkmen a golden chance to seal all three points in the first-group game.
The striker relentlessly chased down a ball into the channel and managed to keep it on the pitch, before he cut inside and was taken down in the area by Ben Heneghan leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.
Michael Rose stepped up to take it and he placed the ball to the left of the goal and past Mafoumbi to make it 3-1.
With the final whistle approaching the away side were doing everything they could to find a way back into the game and in the 90th minute John O’Sullivan scrambled the ball into the net from a corner to cut the deficit.
Four minutes of additional time were indicated after the goal and Blackpool found themselves level in the 94th minute. Once again, a corner was sent into the box and Paudie O’Connor powered home to level the scores. The final whistle blew with the score at 3-3 and penalties were needed to decide who won the bonus point.
After some cool penalties from either side, Rhys Taylor saved from Marc Bola leaving Michael Rose with the chance to win the shootout and for the second time in the evening he scored the penalty meaning Macclesfield secured the bonus point.
Final Score: Macclesfield 3 Blackpool 3 (Macclesfield win 5-3 on penalties).
Macclesfield Town XI: Taylor, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Grimes, Blissett (Smith 69’), Welch-Hayes, Napa (Wilson 59’), Pearson, Vincenti (Evans 79’), Whitaker, Rose
Subs Not Used: Kelleher, Marsh, Evans, Maycock, Arthur
By Andrew Gate