Silkmen cut down by ruthless Blades
MACCLESFIELD ............ 0 SHEFFIELD UTD ........... 4
MACCLESFIELD suffered defeat in their penultimate friendly of the summer after losing at home to League One side Sheffield United.
Two goals from Che Adams, along with a strike from Billy Sharp and a Tony Diagne own goal, gave the Blades the win at the Moss Rose.
The game got off to a fairly slow start, but the visitors managed to open the scoring with the first real attack on 11 minutes.
A free-kick into the box was met by the head of Diagne, who unfortunately put the ball into his own goal to give United the lead.
The score was then immediately doubled when Sharp fired home from close range to make it 2-0 after just 13 minutes.
The Blades continued to attack as the half went on, and they were denied a penalty in the 18th minute when Diagne looked to commit a foul in the box, but the referee said no.
Macclesfield tried their best to get back into the game, and Curtis Haynes-Brown almost pulled one back when he headed narrowly wide.
Danny Rowe then went close on 25 minutes when his shot from outside the box grazed the top of the crossbar.
The away side were forced to make a substitution just before half-time when Adams replaced Jamal CampbellRyce after the winger pulled up with what seemed to be a hamstring injury.
The second-half got underway with Macclesfield on the front foot and they nearly pulled a goal back when Rowe saw a thunderous strike fly inches over.
Despite their best efforts, the Silkmen couldn’t get on the scoresheet and United made them pay when they scored again on 62 minutes.
Some good build-up play from the frontmen ended with Adams slotting the ball home to make it 3-0.
He missed a golden opportunity moments later when the goal was gaping in front of him, but his shot went wide when he should have done better.
He made up for his miss in the dying stages though, scoring past Dale Eve after a fantastic solo effort to wrap up the 4-0 victory.