AFC edge into quar­ter fi­nals of Cup

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

CHESHIRE FA AM­A­TEUR CUP R3 STYAL ............................2 AFC MAC­CLES­FIELD .3

AFC Mac­cles­field pro­gressed to the last eight of the Cheshire FA Am­a­teur Cup in their first year in the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter a hard-fought win at lo­cal ri­vals Styal.

Af­ter heavy rain overnight, the Styal grounds­man did a great job to get the pitch playable as many other matches had fallen foul of the weather.

With Mac­cles­field’s in­jury cri­sis eas­ing, they man­aged to field a strong side. They started brightly and de­spite the wet ground, started to move the ball quickly from de­fence to at­tack and both Ban­is­ter and Bowey were giv­ing the Styal de­fence a dif­fi­cult time.

With 15 min­utes on the clock, Jack Hunter had the ball in the back of the Styal net but the lines­man ruled it off side.

Mac­cles­field’s pres­sure paid off at last with 30 min­utes on the clock as Greg Mathers fed the ball to Jonny Ca­vanagh who went through one on one with a Styal de­fender and looked cer­tain to score. The Styal goal­keeper man­aged to make a fan­tas­tic save, but un­for­tu­nately for their team, the ball went loose and it fell to Jack Ban­is­ter who was on hand to put the ball into the back of the Styal net.

Styal started to get a foot into the game and eight min­utes later, they were awarded a penalty which their front­man con­verted to level things up.

Mac­cles­field stepped up again and just be­fore half time, Jack Ban­is­ter grabbed his se­cond with a fan­tas­tic fin­ish to send the away team in at the break 2-1 up.

The se­cond half be­gan with Styal the bet­ter side with Mac­cles­field’s goal­keeper Nick Ward pulling off two fan­tas­tic saves.

On the hour mark, Styal drew level with a well worked team goal which took a de­flec­tion into the back of Mac­cles­field’s net.

The game opened up with both teams try­ing to snatch the win and in the 80th minute, Mac­cles­field hit Styal on the break. Greg Mathers had his shot saved but Tom Bowey was on hand to smash the ball into the back of the net to put his side back in front.

With only a few min­utes of the game left to go, Styal piled on the pres­sure look­ing for an equaliser, but the Mac­cles­field de­fence stood strong, with Jack Dis­ney putting in a fan­tas­tic dis­play to help Mac­cles­field pick up the well-de­served win and book them­selves a place in the quar­ter­fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion.

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