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Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1-1 Cambridge United

4 May 2019

Macclesfield Town will play Sky Bet League Two football once again next season as an Elliott Durrell goal secured a draw and with it our league status.

A tense encounter at the Moss Rose saw Cambridge take the lead on the stroke of half-time before a second half comeback from Macc secured a crucial point.

After a nervy opening few minutes, Macclesfield took control of the game and created the better first half chances, with Ben Stephens the first to go close for the Silkmen as he saw his goalward effort blocked by the Cambridge defence after good work from Elliott Durrell.

However, it was the visitors who created the first chance of note, as Jabo Ibhere squandered a massive chance for Cambridge with a poor header from close in which dribbled wide of O’Hara’s far post.

Macc responded to this early scare through a powerful Fiacre Kelleher header following an Elliott Durrell free-kick, but his attempt was straight at Dimitar Mitov.

The Silkmen continued to press as Durrell played a delighful chipped ball over the Cambridge defence, but Harry Smith could not hit the target under pressure from two Cambridge defenders.

Smith was involved again just moments later, but he was adjuded to have been offside as he was played clean through by Ben Stephens, much to the dismay of the Silkmen support.

Ben Stephens then had a golden chance for Macc as the ball fell to him inside the area, but his left footed effort rolled just past the far post.

Hayden Coulsen slipped at the vital moment when trying to connect to a header back across goal and luckily for Macc the ball looped just over the crossbar.

Cambridge then took the lead against the run of play on the stroke of half-time, as a deflected Paul Lewis strike flew past O’Hara to give Macc work to do going into the second period.

The Silkmen piled pressure on the Cambridge goal in the early parts of the second half as news of Notts County’s goal filtered around the Moss Rose, with Smith and Durrell trying their luck to no avail as we pushed for that crucial equalising goal.

The pressure eventually paid off midway through the second half as Durrell latched onto the ball in the Cambridge area before lashing the ball past Mitov to give the Silkmen a deserved leveller.

Macclesfield continued to push for a winner, and substitute Tyrone Marsh came close with just under ten minutes to play, but his effort was well saved by Mitov low to his right.

Cambridge created little in the second period, with O'Hara untroubled for the majority of the half.

Macc looked to keep hold of the ball during the six minutes of additional time, and saw the game out to ensure league football at the Moss Rose once more next season.

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