Daryl McMahon’s Silkmen were knocked out of the Leasing.com trophy with defeat at Montgomery Waters Meadow this evening.
Macc had the chance to progress to the knockouts but a strong performance from League One Shrewsbury denied them of doing so.
The hosts retained possession well in the early stages and they made it difficult for Macc to push on. Louis Thompson would have the best chance of the first 20 minutes when his shot from outside the area was gathered easily by Charles-Cook.
Soon after, Jay Harris tried his luck from around 40 yards but he failed to trouble Murphy with his ambitious effort.
Then against the run of play, Paddy Osadebe had glorious chance to put Macc ahead. He was bearing down on goal with Stephens to his left and just one defender in front of him, but his pass was poor and cleared.
Shrewsbury made their early dominance pay off when Giles’ cross was diverted in by Thompson via the underside of the cross bar.
The Silkmen had weather the Salop storm early in the second half and they would’ve found themselves further behind if not for the good work of Charles-Cook. Brad Walker saw his free kick and then his snapshot fly wide of the post before Okenabirhie forced a fantastic save from the Macc’ keeper.
Daryl’s side had to wait patiently for their chances, and they equalized on the hour mark with a little bit of luck. The ball landed at the feet of Archibald inside the box after a Shrews defensive mix-up and he curled it powerfully into the net to bring Macc level.
Kelleher then came close with a header before Okenabirhie’s effort smashed against the post shortly after. Ben Stephens led the counter-attack and he might’ve taken the lead if a Shrews defender did not put in a superb last ditch challenge.
A wild ten minutes then saw the League One side score two goals and have a player sent off. Dave Edwards regained the hosts advantage when he flew in at the back post in the 73rd minute.
Donald Love was on the field for around 8 minutes in which time he received two bookable offences. He was booked just seconds after coming on for a late challenge, before he received his marching orders for an altercation with Vassell in the build up to the goal.
Brad Walker then wrapped up the win for the hosts with a 25 yard free kick that flew over Charles-Cook into the top corner.
Macclesfield Town: Charles-Cook, Welch-Hayes (Fitzpatrick 45’), Vassell, Kelleher, Horsfall, Archibald, Harris, Kirby, Osadebe (Rose 76’), Stephens, Ironside (Gnahoua 45’).
Subs: Evans, Blyth, Ntambwe, Cameron.