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Project 21: Under 18s Secure League And Cup Double With Emphatic Win

28 April 2019

Macclesfield Town Under 18s rounded off a pulsating season this afternoon, as they completed a league and cup double by thrashing Witton Albion 9 - 3.

After a frantic start by both teams it was the Silkmen who would break the deadlock on nine minutes, as George Richardson seized on a loose ball in the visitor's penalty area before firing home from close range.

Three minutes later, Jim Hall's side doubled their lead. An angled ball out of the defence by Dan Dolling unleashed Sam Jordan down the left hand side and his low cross was emphatically finished by the advancing Joe Cobey.

Cobey would get his second less than two minutes later, as some nifty footwork created space fifteen yards from goal and he fired the ball into the far corner with a venomous strike.

Despite been somewhat shellshocked, Witton did rally their beleaguered troops in the immediate aftermath of the third goal and duly reduced the arrears - albeit in a fortuitous manner.

Tom Reader's corner from the right caused mayhem in the Silkmen penalty area and the ball ricocheted into the far corner of the net to give the visitors an element of hope.

For a time, a Witton revival did not seem beyond the realms of possibility as they grew in confidence and began to ask some serious questions of Jim Hall's defensive quartet.

Despite this, our three goal cushion was to be restored on 27 minutes, as Jordan burst down the right hand side and his tantalising cross was perfectly executed by Cobey - who completed a devastating fifteen minute hat-trick in the process.

However Witton still could not be shrugged off and they pegged the Silkmen back once more just three minutes later when Ben Callaghan sprung the offside trap and cooly slotted the ball past Jack Reynolds.

Jordan then made it 5 -2 with a thunderous drive across the face of goal, yet a mistake in the Macc defence left Reader with a simple tap-in just seconds later as our three goal advantage was wiped out once more.

With eight minutes of a pulsating first period remaining, Cobey scored the half's ninth goal when his ferocious fifteen yard drive flew into the far corner of the net - despite the best efforts of Witton 'keeper Henry Oglesby.

The interval provided everyone with a chance to get their breath back and when the teams emerged for the second period, the tempo of the game had tangibly reduced.

Jordan went close on 57 minutes when his looping half-volley sailed agonisingly over the crossbar, but for a time chances were surprisingly at a premium for both sides.

That all changed just after the hour mark, as Kane Nolan's wicked free-kick into the penalty area was deflected into the net by a Witton defender - who was put under copious amounts of pressure by substitute Ali Ezzedine.

Jake Hall's innovative through ball then allowed Jordan to make it 8 - 3, before Shaun Holden completed the rout with three minutes on the clock as he majestically struck from just inside the penalty area.

All in all, it proved to be another rampant display from this talented bunch of players. They have deserved every plaudit they have received this season and have represented the club admirably throughout.

Our congratulations go to Jim Hall and all his staff for what represents a magnificent achievement!

Macclesfield Town: Reynolds, Kerr, Nolan, Midgley, Dolling, Phillips, Richardson, Hall, Cobey, Jordan, Holden.

Subs: Duran, Sass, Hussein, Ezzedine.

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