A night to re­mem­ber for ju­nior foot­ball fans

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

THERE was an in­ter­na­tional flavour to summer at the Moss Rose last week, when Turk­ish side Be­sik­tas took on FSV Mainz.

And in a bumper crowd at Macc Town plenty of lo­cal ju­nior foot­ballers turned out in force to see a fine summer spec­ta­cle.

Chief at­trac­tion was Be­sik­tas’ new £5m sign­ing from Chelsea Demba Ba, mak­ing his de­but for Slaven Bilic’s side, who are pre­par­ing for their Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fier against Feyeno­ord.

The Sene­gal striker, who was in­tro­duced at half-time last Wed­nes­day, took the time to pose for pho­tos with the kids, a ges­ture ap­pre­ci­ated by them.

On the field, Be­sik­tas’ Cana­dian mid­fielder Atiba Hutchin­son was the cen­tral fig­ure as he scored both goals in a 1-1 draw.

Af­ter a goal­less first half Mainz – who will com­pete in the Europa League as well as the Bun­desliga this sea­son – came on strongly in the sec­ond half and it took just six min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod for them to take the lead, via Hutchin­son’s own goal.

Hutchin­son made amends with 10 min­utes to go, scor­ing an equaliser to see the match end all square.

And with a host of World Cup play­ers on show on both teams it was a night to re­mem­ber for the young­sters turn­ing out in their droves.

“We made a big em­pha­sis on get­ting some ju­nior foot­ball clubs up to the ground,” said Danny Towns, a mem­ber of Macc Town’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee.

“Bolling­ton United, Macc Tigers, Tyther­ing­ton Ju­niors and Chea­dle and Gat­ley were all guests of the club with free tick­ets for kids and par­ents and Chrome Mo­tors pro­vided a free buf­fet for the kids.

“The event was or­gan­ised to en­sure the chil­dren of Mac­cles­field got an op­por­tu­nity, we were de­lighted to sup­port it and we’re re­ally happy with the out­come.

“If any clubs or or­gan­i­sa­tions wish to get in­volved email me at re­cep­tion@mtfc.co.uk or call me on 07790 958220.”

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