AFC just two games from sil­ver­ware

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SDFA SE­NIOR CUP QUAR­TER FI­NAL AFC MAC­CLES­FIELD ..... 4 OLD ALTS .......................... 1

AFC Mac­cles­field con­tin­ued their SDFA Se­nior Cup cam­paign by beat­ing Old Al­trin­chami­ans to book a place in the semi-fi­nal.

Macc had beaten High Lane FC 12-0 in the pre­vi­ous round to set up the tie, and they con­tin­ued their fine run of form with an­other vic­tory.

Man­ager Ed Haslam was forced into a num­ber of changes due to in­jury but with a squad full of qual­ity, Mac­cles­field still man­aged to put out a strong team.

The hosts started brightly and set the tempo of the game and it was last week’s man of the match Jonny Ca­vanagh who im­pressed again as Macc started to dic­tate the play and chances started to come.

Top goal scorer Greg Mathers un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally missed some great chances as Mac­cles­field con­tin­ued to build up the pres­sure with some good goal scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, but they couldn’t turn their ef­forts into goals.

Al­trin­chami­ans gained more con­fi­dence as the match went on and they took full ad­van­tage of Macc’s wasted ef­forts by tak­ing the lead just be­fore half-time.

A mix up in the Mac­cles­field defence gave them a rare op­por­tu­nity and they took it with both hands by scor­ing to make it 1-0.

The sec­ond half be­gan just how the first half did with Mac­cles­field on top, and within five min­utes Mathers took his per­sonal goal tally for the sea­son to 23 and brought them back into the game with a de­light­ful fin­ish.

Soon af­ter, Macc turned the game around when Scott Wright went on a blis­ter­ing left wing run from deep in his own half, be­fore beat­ing three play­ers and pick­ing out Jonny Ca­vanagh on the edge of the box, who thun­dered the ball into the top right hand cor­ner of the Old Alts net.

Mac­cles­field were now in to­tal con­trol and on the hour mark a break­away from the Mac­cles­field defence ended with Jack Banis­ter round­ing the keeper, but his shot was hand­balled by an Old Alts de­fender. The referee had no choice but to send the player off and award the penalty, with Mathers step­ping up and scor­ing to make it 3-1.

Af­ter a re­silient per­for­mance from Mac­cles­field, the vis­i­tors had their fate con­firmed when Banis­ter put the game out of reach by slot­ting the ball home af­ter a great team move.

The re­sult sees AFC reach the semi-fi­nal of the SDFA Se­nior Cup for the first time, just two matches away from sil­ver­ware.

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