Silk­men’s last

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - MICHAEL HALE

BUILD­BASE FA TRO­PHY CUP FI­NAL MAC­CLES­FIELD .............. 2 YORK CITY ...................... 3

MAC­CLES­FIELD TOWN suf­fered FA Tro­phy fi­nal heart­break as Ai­dan Con­nolly struck in the 86th minute for York City.

The Silk­man had come from be­hind twice in the first half and dom­i­nated much of the sec­ond but, just as the game looked to be head­ing to ex­tra time, City landed a sucker punch which John Askey’s men didn’t have time to re­cover from.

Mac­cles­field were lucky not to con­cede the open­ing goal at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium af­ter just three min­utes.

Amari Mor­gan-Smith raced onto a header from Vadaine Oliver and went down un­der pres­sure from Andy Halls but ref­eree Paul Tier­ney waved away the penalty claims.

The rest bite only lasted five min­utes how­ever as Danny Holmes crossed from the left wing and Jon Parkin’s head helped it on its way into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Kingsley James drilled a shot straight at Kyle Letheren from a drilled cor­ner two min­utes later.

Mac­cles­field lev­elled soon af­ter­wards from an­other set-piece as a free­kick was cleared as far as Rhys Browne, who took a touch be­fore fir­ing a low shot through a sea of bod­ies and into the back of the net.

Top goal scorer Chris Hol­royd then looked dan­ger­ous as his penalty claims were also turned down be­fore his ac­ro­batic ef­fort found the roof of the net.

Nine min­utes af­ter com­ing back on terms, Mac­cles­field fell be­hind once again to the clin­i­cal Min­ster­men.

Sean Newton was sent away down the left side and his pin point ball across the box found Oli- ver, who squeezed the ball in at the back post.

Just as with York’s first, their sec­ond goal cued a pe­riod of pres­sure from the los­ing side as they con­tin­ued to cre­ate chances de­spite the deficit.

Danny Whi­taker cut in­side from the left wing and sent a long range shot to­wards the top cor­ner but Letheren tipped over the bar

He was then de­nied for a sec­ond time in quick suc­ces­sion by the im­pres­sive York shot stop­per, this time from in­side the box af­ter Hol­royd had laid the ball back to him.

Browne looked set to score his and Mac­cles­field’s sec­ond as the bom­bard­ment con­tin­ued but, af­ter danc­ing his way past three York de­fend­ers, he couldn’t keep his bal­ance and fired over from the mid­dle of the box.

They did find an equaliser be­fore the break how­ever through Ol­lie Nor­burn, the man who scored both goals in the ag­gre­gate win over Tran­mere Rovers in the semi-fi­nal.

He picked up the ball 25 yards out in­side first half ad­di­tional time and sent an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net in front of the trav­el­ling Mac­cles­field sup­port.

York nearly re-took the lead in bizarre fash­ion early in the sec­ond half with Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton’s at­tempted clear­ance can­non­ing off the head of Oliver and just wide of the post with Scott Flin­ders beaten.

Browne’s cross cum shot was pushed to safety af­ter Whi­taker had been de­nied for a third time.

The lat­ter had the ‘keeper beaten 10 min­utes af­ter the restart but his left-footed vol­ley trick­led ag­o­nis­ingly wide of the bot­tom cor­ner.

With York mak­ing one change at the break, Askey opted to make his first sub­sti­tu­tion of the af­ter­noon with John McCombe re­plac­ing Neill Bryne.

Bryne very nearly watched his side take the lead just sec­onds af­ter com­ing on but James’ pow­er­ful vol­ley was bril­liantly cleared off the line by the head of Hamza Bencherif.

Gary Mills threw even­tual match­win­ner Con­nolly onto the field in place of Asa Hall and the fresh legs nearly had the de­sired ef­fect three min­utes later.

Adri­ano Moke sent Newton away down the left wing, with the winger send­ing a dan­ger­ous ball across the face of the goal but no­body was there to pro­vide the fin­ish­ing touch.

Shaun Rooney was then brought on for Holmes as the Min­ster­men looked to build on their most pos­i­tive spell of the sec­ond pe­riod.

The de­jected play­ers make the long trip up the Wem­b­ley stairs

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