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Match Report: Grimsby Town 0-0 Macclesfield Town - Grimsby Town Progress 5-4 On Penalties

10 September 2019

Macclesfield Town have bowed out of the Carabao Cup in the second round after a 5-4 penalty shootout defeat to fellow Sky Bet League Two side Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

Despite a host of chances for both sides, neither could find a way through in regulation time and just as in our first-round match against Blackpool, the game was decided on penalties.

Connor Kirby saw his penalty saved as the shootout progressed to sudden death, ensuring Grimsby would progress to round three at our expense.

The hosts had the better of the early exchanges, with Elliott Whitehouse dragging an early shot comfortably wide after some good build up play from Grimsby.

Macc responded through Jay Harris, who tried his luck from outside the area after a charging run from the Macclesfield half, but his effort was comfortably saved by McKeown.

The Silkmen continued to press as the half progressed towards its midpoint, with Theo Archibald and Connor Kirby both troubling McKeown.

Corey O’Keeffe then came closest for Macc with a curling effort which flew just wide of McKeown's far post.

Grimsby’s best chance of the half came soon after, as Moses Ogbu poked the ball straight at Evans from close in after a good spell for the hosts.

Matt Green then came close for the Mariners, but he sliced his shot wide after Fiacre Kelleher failed to clear.

Paddy Osadebe would have the final chance of the half, but he could not connect cleanly with the ball after good link up play between Archibald and Miles Welch-Hayes down the right side.

Some heroic defending from Fiacre Kelleher kept the scores level early in the second half as he slid in to deny Ogbu on the goal line - who thought he had scored.

The Mariners continued their assault on the Silkmen goal as the half progressed, with Max Wright seeing his shot saved by Evans after a slaloming run which saw him beat a number of Macc defenders on his way to goal.

The hosts continued to press towards the end of the game, with late efforts from Matt Green and Hanson both squandered.

But despite Grimsby missing their opening penalty through Green, Horsfall and Kirby both saw their spot kicks saved, seeing us exit the 2019/20 Carabao Cup.

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