Macc FA boys do the dis­trict proud

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - JU­NIOR FOOT­BALL

THE Mac­cles­field & Dis­trict Schools FA U11 team spon­sored by Chrome Mo­tors of Mac­cles­field trav­elled to Ever­ton FC’s Finch Farm to com­pete with over 100 of the most ta­lented play­ers in the North West in the U11 ESFA Pre­mier League Dis­trict Tour­na­ment.

Mac­cles­field man­ager Jack Al­banese was de­lighted with his teams per­for­mance af­ter reach­ing the knock­out stages of this pres­ti­gious event as Group Win­ners set­ting up an in­trigu­ing semi fi­nal show­down with pre tour­na­ment fa­vorites Liver­pool.

Af­ter a slow start against fel­low county gi­ants Ch­ester, Mac­cles­field soon moved through the gears de­feat­ing Pen­dle 3-0 with sub­lime goals from Moss­ley pupils Adam Clu­low (2) and Bradley Barnes.

Adam’s cool fin­ish in front of goal to make it 1-0 found the net again as Bradley de­liv­ered the per- fect cor­ner for Adam to rise up and head home his and Mac­cles­field’s sec­ond be­fore Bradley un­leashed a won­der strike from 25 yards to com­plete a great team per­for­mance all round to make it 3-0.

Against Kirkby there was Ex­cel­lent mid­field play from Jake Leech (King’s) link­ing well with de­fense and at­tack en­abling Bradley the space for his sec­ond goal of the morn­ing to give Mac­cles­field the lead. Goal­keeper Lewis Sheehy (Wilm­slow Grange) was un­lucky to pre­vent the equaliser af­ter the ball took a wicked de­flec­tion.

At 1-1 Jake’s skill and drive into space cre­ated the win­ner slid­ing the ball across the face of goal for Adam to slot home his third and the win­ning goal that would give Mac­cles­field top spot in Group B and a place in the last four.

Liver­pool were on the back foot early on in the Semi Fi­nal. Their usual dom­i­na­tion had been dis­rupted as mac­cles­field has­sled them all over the pitch. Adam con­sis­tently threat­ened Liver­pool with his strength and speed and was un­lucky to not to have broke away only to be hacked down twice from the des­per­ate Liver­pool last man. The Mac- cles­field threat was ever present as both teams played good pos­ses­sion foot­ball.

With only a few min­utes re­main­ing the dead­lock was bro­ken when Liver­pool took their only chance of the game beat­ing GK Seb Jen­son (Ha­van­nah) with a close range ef­fort.

At 1-0 up Liver­pool hung on to their lead to progress to the fi­nal.

Mac­cles­field had done them­selves proud wear­ing the dis­trict shirt. A tech­ni­cally good side with pas­sion and a fine phys­i­cal pres­ence this team will be a real hand­ful over the com­ing months and a joy to watch.

●● Mac­cles­field and Dis­trict Schools Un­der 11s were well kit­ted out for the trip to Mersey­side

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