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Match Report: Stalybridge Celtic U21s 1 v 4 Macclesfield Town U21

9 December 2019

The young Silkmen side emerged as deserved winners against a physical Stalybridge side yesterday, as them teams battled out a five goal thriller.

Both teams were fully committed throughout which defiantly made the game entertaining, but it was the Silkmen side that were dominant from the very first whistle. Goals by Omour MBallo, Tyler James, Jules Ododi and an own goal assisted by Lewis Price saw Macclesfield Town claim maximum points.  

The first chance for visitors saw a brilliant through ball by Oumar Mballo and a low shot by Tyler James which was well saved by the Stalybridge goalkeeper. 

The hosts were first to draw blood in the 20th minute from a shot to the bottom right corner. 

Their lead did not last too long as tricky feet by Amadou Doumbouya twisted and turned their left back, he then fizzed the ball across the box which fell to the feet of Oumar and he fired home with a first touch finish into the bottom corner.  

Just before the interval, Paul McGuire's side took the lead. Some great link up play by Amadou and Oumar resulted a through ball to Tyler James where he calmly slotted into the back of the net to give Macc a half-time lead. 

Macc started the second period as they had ended the first and it only took a few minutes for their next chance to materialise as Amadou skipped past numerous men with ease, before forcing the opposing keeper into a superb save.  

Another great chance from the Silkmen side saw a goal-line clearance from an Amadou header in the 71st minute as Macc sought to kill the game off.

The Silkmen side extended their lead in the 80th minute, this time was by Jules Ododi who managed to connect a perfectly timed volley assisted by Tyler James that flew past the goalkeeper.

The 87th minute saw yet another goal, this time was an own goal from a Lewis Price thumping cross which connected with the opposing teams player and was guided past the helpless 'keeper.

The final whistle blows and the Silkmen side were the deserved winners after yet another professional and determined win. 

Catching up with manager Paul McGuire after tonight’s emphatic victory: “What a great performance from front to back, the team come on leaps and bounds over the last month. We’re getting closer to where we want to be and actually looking a Macclesfield Town under ’21 side. This squad's now a match for anyone.” 


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