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Silkmen Under 19s 'A' Team Storm Into EFL CEFA Cup Final

4 March 2020

Macclesfield Town Under 19s 'A' Team stormed into the CEFA Cup Northern Area final this afternoon, after a comprehensive 4 - 0 victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Goals from Zac Box, Rocco Fregapane, Lewis Price and Josh Clegg sent Paul McGuire's side through and they will now meet Derby County 'A' in the eagerly-awaited final.

The hosts started the game firmly in the ascendancy and right from the first whistle they signalled their intent with expansive, flowing football which Doncaster struggled to deal with.

Tyler James and Trevor Kyobe both had chances to break the deadlock within the opening exchanges and in the 13th minute, the young Silkmen side were denied what looked to be a stonewall penalty when Lewis Price was impeded in the penalty area.

Price then dusted himself off, before rifling a venomous shot off the Doncaster post a minute later and this was followed in the 27th minute by a diving header flying agonisingly wide by the lethal James.

Macc would deservedly open the scoring just after the half-hour mark when a tantalising Price corner was directed to the back posy and there was Zac Box to head home from close-range.

This initially catalysed the visitors into a period of sustained pressure and they may well have felt aggrieved not to restore parity on 34 minutes when a mix-up in the Macc ranks allowed a striker to break-free on goal - yet his shot flew over Stockton's bar.

With the Silkmen just one goal ahead at the interval, they were abundantly aware that further strikes could well be needed if their safe passage into the final was to be assured.

In many respects, the second half began in the same vein as the first had ended - with Macc firmly in the ascendancy, yet mindful of the threat that the visitors posed at the other end.

After Zac Box and Trevor Kyobe had both had chances to extend our lead, Rocco Fragapane headed home a Josh Clegg corner to give Macc a deserved two-goal advantage.

Two would become three in the 81st minute, when Lewis Price's initial effort was well saved by the Doncaster 'keeper - yet he was powerless to stop his curling second attempt from finding the back of the net.

The scoring was complete in injury-time, after James' innovative through-ball was latched onto by Clegg and he made no mistake in firing the ball home.

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