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Match Report: Macclesfield 2 v 1 Newcastle U21

3 September 2019

A Virgil Gomis winner ensured Macc picked up their first Trophy win of the season, despite the spirited efforts of Newcastle United U21.

The Frenchman scored the decisive goal in a hectic second half of a game that saw more than one wonder goal.

Macc saw plenty of the ball in the opening period but couldn’t conjure up any real opportunities to test Turner in the Newcastle goal. O’Keefe and Gnahoua impressed in particular with their energy and directness proving to be a problem for the visitors back line.

The opening goal came in the 18th minute through Macc’s first shot on target from the most unlikeliest of sources. Full-back David Fitzpatrick received the ball in space around 30 yards from goal and with few options on, he rifled a shot into the top right corner of the Magpie’s net.

After the stunning strike Macc seemed to take their foot off the gas, allowing Newcastle to see more possession. The visitors passed the ball well but still couldn’t force debutant Charles-Cook into a save.

However, the next chance fell to Macc though returning forward Arthur Gnahoua. Making his Moss Rose return, the new-boy’s determination forced him past Magpie’s defenders, but his shot was dragged narrowly wide of the right post.

Newcastle’s first chance came on the stoke of half time through Thomas Allan after he was threaded through on goal. With Charles-Cook sprinting out to meet him on the edge of the box, the midfielder dinked his shot over the keeper and wide for a goal kick.

The second half got off to an electric start, in stark contrast to the opening period. Newcastle immediately grabbed their equaliser after the break through the games second brilliant strike, this time from Luke Charman. The midfielder checked inside to ping a shot into the top left of the Macc goal from just outside the box.

Charman was the man to trouble the Silkmen backline again in the 58th minute, this time his first time effort was blazed over the bar from close range.

It was then Macc’s turn to attack, Rose picked out Horsfall at the back post from his corner, but the defender headed over in a situation where he should’ve done better.

The Silkmen regained their lead shortly after, courtesy of a silky counter attacking move. Corey O’Keefe was found bombing down the right hand side, and his cross was expertly finished by Virgil Gomis who was lurking on the penalty spot.

The Frenchman should have bagged his second almost immediately after when Gnahoua’s deflected shot landed kindly for the striker in the box, but he could only shoot straight at Turner.

The Newcastle keeper was the hero again in the 71st minute when he flew ascross his goal to save substitute Stephens’ header. Horsfall leaped highest to head Rose’s free kick back across goal to the striker, but Turner performed heroics to keep the shot out from close range.

As the match meandered on, Newcastle upped their pressure on the Macc backline but the visitors struggled to break the Silkmen backline once more. Charman forced Charles-Cook into a save from a tame shot with five minutes to go but that would not be the last action of a hectic second half.

In the last minute, danger was averted when a goal mouth scramble was cleared with Toon players queuing up to score a late equaliser. However despite the best efforts of the visitors, the Silkmen held on to take their first win in the Trophy for the 19/20 campaign.  

Macclesfield: Reice Charles-Cook, Eddie Clarke, Arthur Gnahoua (Stephens 64’), Connor Kirby, Fraser Horsfall, Corey O’Keefe, Jacob Blyth (Osadebe 64’), Virgil Gomis (Archibald 77’), David Fitzpatrick, Michael Rose, Nathan Cameron

Subs not used: Owen Evans, Fiacre Kelleher, Theo Vassell, Joe Ironside.

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