Yesterday, I travelled a 18 hour trip to Macclesfield for their thrilling first round, Carabao Cup match against League 1 side, Bradford City. After eventually arriving at Moss Rose I took a look around, to find out it was actually a nice little stadium. After speaking to a couple of fans, they clearly showed how much promotion meant to them last season and their desire to stay up this season.
This was Macclesfield’s first game in the Carabao Cup since 2011/12, when they lost 2-0 to Championship side Hull City at the KCOM stadium, thanks to a double from Emile Sinclair.
Bradford also have a fantastic league cup record, most memorably in the 2012/13 season when the Bantams reached the final after beating Premier League teams such as Arsenal and Aston Villa along the way. They did lose the final against Swansea City, who won their first major trophy in 101 years. Bradford also created history, with them becoming the first team from the English fourth tier to reach a cup final since 1962.
Macclesfield made 3 changes for Tuesday nights cup tie. Koby Arthur and Tyrone Marsh dropped to the bench with right back, Jared Hodgkiss being rested. Miles Welch-Hayes was handed his debut while Scott Wilson and Malachi Napa also started.
Bradford made 5 changes from their 2-0 defeat against Barnsley at Valley Parade on Saturday, with Keeper Ben Wilson and Midfielder Luca Colville making their debuts. Centre Back, Nathaniel Knight-Percival was dropped and replaced by Ryan McGowan, Sherwin Seedorf replaced Josh Wright and George Miller started up-front in place of the rested Eoin Doyle.
Match Report Below
The game got underway at Moss Rose and it was a very lively start. The first shot came after 6 minutes, it was Macclesfield’s, Danny Whitaker who’s long drive was well held by Wilson. Both teams had a number of minor chances but the deadlock remained unbroken. The first real chance came after the 22nd minute. Good play down the right between Joe Riley and Sean Scannell led to a cross into the box which landed on the head of the unmarked George Miller whos free header was directed straight at Rhys Taylor. Bradford started to put their foot on the gas. A flurry of chances came for the Bantams within a couple of minutes. Firstly, Chicksen was played in by Seedorf, who cut onto his right and fired a low shot which Taylor saved well. The best chance by far came on the 30th minute when once again George Miller had a chance to open the scoring. Miller found himself 1v1 against Taylor on his unfavoured left foot, he took a touch and fired his shot towards goal which again was brilliantly saved by the Macclesfield number 12. The away side kept pressing but hosts continued to repel the League 1 side. The Silkmens best chances came a couple of minutes before the break. A cross caused all sorts of chaos in the Bradford box. Efforts from Maycock and Smith were well blocked in a huge goalmouth scramble. From the resulting corner, another goalmouth scramble occurred after Ben Wilson poorly punched the ball clear which led to shots from Kelleher and Grimes being blocked before being cleared to safety by the Bantams.
HALF-TIME- MACCLESFIELD 0-0 BRADFORD
The second half got underway and it was quite a frantic start. Both teams had a couple of long ranged drives but were comfortably saved by both keepers. The first real chance of the second half came after 56 minutes when, Hope Akpan flicked a corner across the face of goal, but unfortunately for the away team, nobody could connect. After 60 minutes the deadlock was finally was broken. A free kick was delivered from Michael Rose which found the big centre half, Fiacre Kelleher who powerfully nodded past Wilson. COULD WE HAVE A CUP UPSET HERE AT MOSS ROSE?. The answer was no. The visitors levelled proceedings instantly. Luca Colville found himself free outside the box before unleashing a fine strike from outside the area, which flew by the helpless Rhys Taylor. The League 1 side should of been ahead on the 65th minute when debutant Welch-Hayes hit the ball off of his own man which ended with Hope Akpan playing George Miller clean through 1v1 once again, but the young striker was having a poor night in front of goal and put his chance wide of the post again. 10 minutes later the Bantams had another great chance to put their selves ahead. A cross from the right from Sean Scannell found Sherwin Seedorf who was all by himself 6 yards out. Rhys Taylor made a breath taking save to deny the Dutchman. The Silkmen hit the post after 79 minutes against the run of play. A long ball found Welch-Hayes who played it Napa, whos snapshot hit the woodwork. The MOTM was deservedly awarded to the hosts keeper after having a blinder. On the 85th minute, Taylor made another unbelievable save to deny Ryan McGowan’s header from pinpoint range.
FULL-TIME- MACCLESFIELD 1-1 BRADFORD
PENALTY’S (4-2 Macclesfield)
- Danny Whitaker(M) – Scored Anthony O’Connor(B) – Missed
- Harry Smith(M) – Missed Hope Akpan(B) – Scored
- David Fitzpatrick(M)- Scored Joe Riley(B) – Missed
- Michael Rose(M) – Scored Jack Payne(B)- Scored
- Tyrone Marsh(M)- Scored
Taylor, Fitzpatrick, Kelleher, Grimes, Wilson(71), Smith, Welch-Hayes, Napa(90), Maycock, Whitaker, Rose
Simpson, Lowe, Marsh(90), Blissett, Evans, Pearson, Arthur(71)
Wilson, Riley, Chicksen, McGowan, O’Connor, Scannell, Payne, Miller(70), Seedorf, Akpan, Colville(71)
O’Donnell, Robinson, Bruenker(70), Gibson, Wood, Knight-Percival, Wright(71)
Referee- J. Simpson
Assistants- N. Hopton, J. Wilson
Fourth Official- M. Donohue
ATTENDANCE- 1422 (447 Away)
GOALS- Kelleher (60) , Colville (62)
Yellow Cards- Fitzpatrick, Kelleher, Bruenker, McGowan
RED CARDS- 0