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Silkmen Under 19s A Team Put Ten Past Blackburn Rovers

15 January 2020

After an enthralling match at Egerton Youth Club, the Silkmen youngsters eased to an emphatic 10-3 victory against Blackburn Rovers A.
Much to the amazement of the home side the visitors took the lead within the first minute, when a quick break down the left saw the ball squared to the Rovers striker who slammed home from close range.
After quarter of an hour Rovers went on to double their lead - converting from a set-piece to spark wild celebrations in the visitor's dugout. 
This undoubtedly catalysed the Silkmen into life and after a number of missed opportunities, pulled a goal back through a clever finish from Ramani Manning. 
Parity was to be restored shortly after, as Ryan Mealing headed the ball home to bring the two side back level. 
With their third attack of the game, the visitors then managed to somehow take the lead once more - in what was turning out to be a lively half of football.
On the stroke of half-time Rocco Fregapane whipped in a nice cross from the right, which was met with a bullet header from Lewis Price to level the scores up at the break. 
It was clear that manager McGuire was extremely unhappy with his side's performance during the first 45 minutes and dished out some stern words in the attempt to liven his side up. 
With those words still ringing in the player's ears, the Silkmen youngsters put on a vibrant, energetic and ruthless performance in the second half - with further goals coming almost at will. 
Soon after the break Tyler James in typically lethal fashion gave the Silkmen the lead and went on to score once again shortly after to hand Macc a 5 - 3 lead.
Substitute Liam Logan then unleashed an unstoppable half-volley into the top corner of the net to increase our lead in emphatic fashion.. 
After a fantastic display, Lewis Price then added a seventh for the Silkmen, to put Macc fully in control of this knock-out cup tie. 
By now the Silkmen youngsters were attacking at will, with a relentless onslaught on the Blackburn Rovers goal. Ryan Mealing got his second of the game with a thunderous header to make it 8 - 3., whilst substitute Ivan Teixeira scored a late brace to give the Macclesfield Town A Team a fantastic 10 - 3 win as they progress through to the quarter-finals of the EFL CEFA knockout Cup. 
Manager Paul McGuire commented: 
"All in all you've clearly got to be happy with today's result, but I'm not too thrilled with how we started that game. 
"We were very sloppy, we just wasn't at it and therefore you give sides a chance. For these lads to develop they need to conduct themselves better early on in matches. 
"Having said that, I'm very proud of the second-half performance - the attacking play was absolutely ruthless and we'll very much look forward to the next knock-out game in the quarters, whoever we face."
It was a good day for the Macc Town Youth Development Programme, as the Silkmen 'B Team' also secured their place in the quarter-finals, with a 2-0 victory against Burton Albion B. 
Both teams will eagerly await the draw for the next round, where the two could come head-to-head. 

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