De­pleted Silk­men hold out

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

MAC­CLES­FIELD and South­port played out an en­ter­tain­ing draw in the first home game of the 2015/16 sea­son at the Moss Rose.

South­port will have gone home the un­hap­pier of the two sides – Gary Jones missed a penalty for them while Macc went down to ten men when Andy Halls was sent off.

Sh­wan Jalal pro­duced a fan­tas­tic save to deny Jones and earn him­self man of the match in a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance.

It was a slow start to game with nei­ther side able to take a hold of the game as chances came few and far be­tween as the sides kept the ball in the mid­dle.

The first half-chance fell to Tony Di­agne in the eighth minute but his shot from out­side the box flew over the bar, not trou­bling Andy Cough­lin in the South­port goal.

In the 19th minute, Chris Hol­royd picked up the ball af­ter Di­agne had switched play be­fore run­ning at the Sand­grounders full­back and tee­ing up Danny Whi­taker, but his shot just went wide of the post.

Con­tro­versy struck in the 33rd minute when Neill Byrne bought down Michael Phenix in the area from a cor­ner and the ref­eree pointed to the spot.

How­ever, a fan­tas­tic save from new sign­ing Jalal pre­vented Jones from scor­ing from the spot and kept the score at 0-0 at the in­ter­val.

As the teams came out for the sec­ond-half, it was al­most a re­peat of the first-half when the best chance fell to Di­agne in the area but his header went wide in the 58th minute.

Just af­ter the hour mark, Halls was shown his march­ing or­ders af­ter re­ceiv­ing a sec­ond yel­low card for a foul on Louis Al­mond.

South­port al­most made them pay in the 78th minute when a counter at­tack from Port saw Jones pick up the ball on the edge of the box, but his half-volley re­bounded off the post af­ter Jalal looked beaten.

De­spite be­ing a man down, Mac­cles­field pushed dur­ing the clos­ing stages as they tried to find a win­ner, but they couldn’t find one, with both teams hav­ing to set­tle for a point.

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