A hat-trick from Academy player Trevor Kyobe alongside goals from Zak Butterworth and debutant Tyler Beck was enough to secure maximum points for Macclesfield Town's Under 21 against St Michaels this afternoon.
After having a week's break from the North West U21 Development League, The Silkmen travelled to St Michaels looking to kick start their season and start climbing the league table. Academy player Tyler Beck made his debut at centre-back in an unchanged side from the one who faced Tranmere two weeks ago.
It didn’t take long for the Silkmen to get off the mark. In the second minute,after great hold up play from Makelele laid the ball off to Callum Evans whose magical cross was deflected into the path of Trevor Kyobe who slammed home the opener.
After the goal, St Michaels looked to respond and defensive duo Dolling and Beck were tested with a number of corners and constant aerial battles.
On 21 minutes St Michaels found their equaliser. Rocco Fragapane’s header back to Longato in goal was too short and it allowed their number 11 to intercept it and restore parity.
The equaliser seemed to catalyse the young Silkmen side and ultimately, the teams were only level for a total of six minutes.
Tyler Beck intercepted a promising St Michaels attack before laying the ball off to Cavan Holford, He split the home defence with an innovative through-ball, which fell into the path of Kyobe who calmly slotted passed the 'keeper to restore our lead.
Macclesfield could have extended their lead further with Tyler Beck, Cavan Holford and Donald Chouambu all having efforts denied during a rampant spell of Silkmen pressure.
The missed chances would come back to hurt Macc as in the 36th minute St Michaels drew level once again. A cross into the box went over the head of Dolling and landed at the feet of number six who buried the ball into the back of the net.
The game the became a war of attrition, with both teams largely cancelling each other out in the middle of the field.
Yet this spell was broken just before the interval when Cavan Holford floated a teasing corner into the area, before Tyler Beck rose highest and powered his header into the back of the net.
The second half started as the first half had finished with both sides tenaciously cancelling each other out, as they gave their all to claim all three points.
Trevor Kyobe then had a fantastic opportunity to claim his first hat-trick. A slice from the St Michaels centre-back fell to Makelele - who drove into the box and squared it to Kyobe who took a touch to take it round the first man, but his shot ricocheted off the back of a defender and out for a corner ball.
Against the run of play St Michaels drew level. After it looked as though Holford was fouled, St Michaels counter attacked as their number 10 burst passed Beck before squaring the ball to number 11 who slammed it into to the back of the net.
The young Silkmen were determined not to let this stop them and went back in front three minutes later. Makelele drove down the left-hand side and with a nice bit of skill he fooled the defender, crossed the ball into the back post and the advancing Zak Butterworth smashed the ball home.
The points were wrapped up in the 88th minute as Trevor Kyobe finally got his hat-trick. A long throw from Zac Box was flicked on by Callum Evans, Riche Makelele stabbed the ball towards goal and Trevor Kyobe was there to fire home to effectively end the game as a contest.
A fantastic performance from the U21’s who move up to fifth in the league. Also, a massive performance from the Macclesfield Town Academy players - especially Trevor Kyobe whose clinical hat-trick is one of the stand-out moments of the season so far.
Next up for the U21s is a game against table topping Stockport Town at Platt Lane next Sunday - kick-off is at 13:00 and it would be great to see as many people cheering the lads on as possible!