Daryl McMahon’s Silkmen secure a 1-1 draw against Newport County in the Paddy Power Unsponsored Derby.
With the ‘Unsponsored Trophy’ up for grabs The Silkmen went 1-0 down early doors of the game as Padraig Amond scored from close range after a Newport corner. An early blow but Macc were fired up to gain an equaliser.
They didn’t have to wait long as in the 18thminute the Silkmen were pressed high in The Exiles half, Jay Harris scooped a lovely ball over the back four to find Paddy Osadebe who poked the ball over the keeper to bring Macclesfield level.
After a slow start to the game, McMahons men grew with confidence with Arthur Gnahoua being the liveliest with his constant attacking presence.
Later in the first half the skipper Fiacre Kelleher was within inches of putting the Silkmen ahead after Connor Kirby’s freekick was whipped in delightfully to find him all alone in the box. However, he saw his effort fly over the bar.
Michael Flynn’s Newport came into the game sitting in 4thposition after noticeable victories against Crewe, Port Vale and Forest Green Rovers.
Macclesfield were looking to bounce back after a bitter loss on the weekend to Swindon Town, as the game finished 3-0 in the home sides favour.
Early in the second half, Macclesfield conducted an electrifying counterattack, Osadebe managed to whip in a brilliant ball which found Connor Kirby at the back post. However, he just couldn’t get over the ball enough and saw his effort go wide.
Macclesfield played some of their best football this season in the second half and came close to going ahead with Osadebe’s effort from outside the box in the 65thminute, but the keeper managed to push it aside for a corner.
The last few minutes saw the home fans on their feet as Macclesfield kept on applying the pressure to grab a late goal, it wasn’t enough and The Silkmen grabbed a respectful point.
We now turn out attentions to this Saturdays Sky Bet League Two fixture in which we take on Grimsby Town away from home at 3:00pm. The Silkmen will surely be anxious to get revenge after the loss in the Carabao Cup a few weeks back.
Starting Line-up: Owen Evans, Fiacre Kelleher (C) Theo Vassell, Arthur Gnahoua, Jay Harris, Theo Archibald, Miles Welch-Hayes, Connor Kirby, Corey O’Keeffe, Virgil Gomis, Emmanuel Osadebe
Subs: Reice Charles-Cook, Joe Ironside, Ben Stephens, Fraser Horsfall, Brice Ntambwe, Nathan Cameron
By Leif Payne