Match Report: Macclesfield 2-3 York

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 21 May 2017

Late heartbreak for the Silkmen at Wembley

York City have won the Buildbase FA Trophy thanks to a smash and grab 3-2 victory over The Silkmen at Wembley.Macclesfield produced an excellent performance on the day in front of nearly 8,000 Silkmen fans but it just wasn’t to be.John Askey’s men twice fell behind in the first-half but responded through goals from Rhys Browne and an Ollie Norburn stunner before York snatched a victory in the closing stages.There was a big fight feel in the air as the players set the pace for a first half packed with action. Inside two minutes, York’s Amari Morgan-Smith was down under the presence of Andy Halls inside the Macclesfield area, though his penalty appeal was confidently waved away by the referee.Chris Holroyd had Macc’s first chance of the game with a glancing header from the edge of the area, which went just wide.The breakthrough came in the eighth minute for York. After allowing time for the ball to be delivered into the area, John Parkin flicked the ball beyond the reaching Flinders and into the bottom right hand corner.The scores were soon level though, as Mitch Hancox delivered a dangerous freekick into the York box which was picked up by Rhys Browne on the edge of the area. He beat his man and fired a driven right footed shot into the crowd, which went in via a nick from the York defence.Five minutes later Chris Holroyd was controversially denied a penalty. He got around the back of the York defence and went down under the weight of the last man who appeared to impede Holroyd, but the referee stood firm on his decision.Another York counter attack spelled trouble for the Silkmen as Vadaine Oliver got in behind the defence and slotted home a ball slid across the penalty area, just out of reach of Flinders.York were ahead but they remained rather on the back foot. Danny Whitaker was only inches away from levelling the score once again with a fantastic effort from the left hand side, curling towards the top corner before being tipped wide by Kyle Letheren in the York net.Chris Holroyd was next up to the plate as he latched onto a long ball into the City box. He managed to control the ball and fed Danny Whitaker, but his shot was saved by the goalkeeper once again.Only a minute later, Browne picked up the ball on the right hand side and beat three men with great skill as he came into the area, before blasting over from 12 yards.With the match settling a little as the game headed towards half-time, Ollie Norburn fired home one of the goals of the tournament with a thunderous 25-yard strike which beat Letheren all ends up and took Macc in level at the break.The second half was much more cautious than the first from both sides, but still featured plenty of heart-in-mouth action.Moments after the break a hopeful ball towards Oliver dropped to the Macclesfield defence, but the clearance was fired straight into the face of the chasing forward and very nearly dropped over Scott Flinders and into his net, instead going narrowly wide.Mitch Hancox had a chance to give Macc the lead as he was fed the ball on the left hand side of the box, but Letheren once again made himself big and prevented any further goals against City.Kingsley James managed to beat the inform keeper with a volley at the back post following a deep corner, only to see his fine effort headed off the line by Hamza Bencherif.Macclesfield were very much the dominant team heading into the final ten minutes, and with Ollie Norburn dictating the play from deep a well engineered move nearly came to fruition when Browne fired low towards the York net.His effort was saved, and though he picked up the rebound, Kingsley James couldn't convert from a tight angle once he was fed the ball.The sucker punch came with only five minutes of normal time remaining. Another long ball from York saw Parkin muscle himself a yard of space, hitting a hopeful shot which ricocheted off the boot of George Pilkington, flying over Flinders before substitute Aidan Connolly made sure it made the back of the net.As has been the case once or twice this season, John McCombe became a makeshift striker at this point, and though Macclesfield tried with all their might to get the ball into the danger area, their trophy dreams were not to be and York held on to claim the spoils.Match Stats:Attendance: 38,224Macclesfield: Flinders, Halls, Pilkington, Bryce, Fitzpatrick, Browne, Holroyd, Norburn, James, Hancox, Whitaker.Subs: Ross, McCombe (Byrne 68’), Whitehead, Dudley (Norburn 89’), Summerfield (Hancox 86’).York: Letheren, Heslop, Morgan-Smith, Klukowski, Hall, Oliver, Parkin, Newton, Holmes, Parslow, Bencherif.Subs: Simpson, Rooney (Holmes 75’), Connolly (Hall 69’), Fenwick, Moke (Klukowski 46’)

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