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Match Report: Macclesfield Town U21s 2 v 1 Irlam Town U21s

19 January 2020

On the back of last week's emphatic 5 - 0 victory over St Helen's Town, Macclesfield Town Under 21s entertained Irlam Town at Platt Lane this afternoon.
The lads were clearly buoyed by last week's result and this was clear to everyone from the sheer fight and determination which was present right from the first whistle.

The deadlock was broken on the quarter-hour mark, thanks to a great team goal from winger Lewis Price. Callum Knight tenaciously won the ball in the middle of the park and laid the ball off to Trevor Kyobe. He then managed to find Price, who cut inside before hammering a low drive into the back of the net from twenty-yards out.

With Macc able to boast a slender advantage at the interval, there was no doubt that one goal may well not prove to be enough against a strong Irlam side.
That said, the second period began in the best possible manner for Paul McGuire's side - as barely five minutes after the re-start, our lead was doubled.
The Referee adjudged there to have been a handball committed in the Irlam box and Callum Knight confidently despatched the resultant penalty to give the Silkmen youngsters a deserved two-goal cushion.

To their credit, the visitors gallantly went in search of a way back into the game and on 75 minutes they were handed a lifeline, when a cross from the right was converted from close-range.
This set up a frantic end to the contest, as both sides looked to add to the scoreline.

Despite this, no further goals were scored and the young Silkmen players were able to rejoice at the final whistle, after claiming a hard-fought victory with a spirited performance.

The result propels the side up to sixth in the North West Under 21s Development League - Premier Division, ahead of their next outing away at Witton Albion on 2nd February.

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