AFC edge into quarter finals of Cup
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.