Macclesfield Town 0-2 Fleetwood Town
Fleetwood Town Youth Team made it two wins out of two after an impressive 2-0 victory over Macclesfield Town on Saturday morning.
Second half goals from centre back pairing Dominic Barrett and Michael Muscat ensured Town maintained their 100% start to the campaign after defeating Shrewsbury last week by the same score line.
The game started at a frantic pace and both sides squandered half chances in the opening stages.
Fleetwood remained positive throughout the entirety and their first clear cut opportunity came midway through the half when good link up play between Shane Glean and last week’s hero Kurt Willoughby resulted in the latter shooting just wide.
Both teams had plenty of possession in the first half, however it was Fleetwood who were creating all the chances and Willoughby would have been disappointed not to have found the back of the net, turning his man and shooting across goal, unfortunately it ended up just on the wrong side of the post.
Fleetwood’s attacking play was causing their opponents all kinds of trouble, although Macclesfield were always a threat on the counter and on the back of a Fleetwood attack, the Macclesfield winger got to the by-line before pulling it back to Jack Hunter who could only direct his effort straight at keeper Liam Bleeker.
That was a warning for Fleetwood who continued to dictate play, helped by the impressive midfield partnership of Robbie Bromley and Jordan Lazenbury. And shortly before half time whistle an ambitious effort from Lazenbury from around 30 yards just missed the target as he attempted an ambitious chip over the keeper who could only stand and watch.
As the second half kicked off, many would have forgiven Fleetwood if they were to tire after their all action display in the first, however their energy improved in the second and arguably the man of the match, Lande Olapade reached the by-line before flashing a ball across goal which was well defended out for a corner.
The pace and power of Olapade was causing Macclesfield no end of problems and again, the flying full backs link up play with Shane Glean got Olapade deep into the oppositions half only to be brought down.
The resulting free kick was taken by captain Robbie Bromley who’s excellent delivery could only be punched away by keeper Conor O’Keefe, the ball falling nicely to centre back Dominic Barrett who calmly slotted into an empty net to give Fleetwood a deserved lead.
The goal seemed to give Fleetwood an added boost and shortly after another overlapping run by Olapade resulted in a near perfect cross into the path of striker Aiden Wainwright who at full stretch could only skim the ball with his head before colliding into the Macclesfield keeper in his attempt to grab the pivotal second goal.
How Fleetwood hadn’t added to their lead was a mystery with keeper Liam Bleeker only having to make one real save throughout the match, comfortably diving to his right to collect a glancing header midway through the second half.
However with the match drawing to a close Fleetwood won a corner, again, another pin point delivery from Robbie Bromley was met by the diving head of Michael Muscat who powered a header into the top corner of the net to give Steve Carlin’s men the 3 points after a superb team performance against another team who hadn’t lost this season.
Liam Bleeker, Lande Olapade, Danny Vile, Michael Muscat, Dominic Barrett, Robbie Bromley, Jordan Lazenbury, Keano Deacon, Shane Glean, Aden Wainwright, Kurt Willoughby
Conor Smith, Oliver Martin, Jonathon Conway, Matty Williams, Abdul Rajab
O’Keefe, Baker, Disney, Haynes, Cowan, Webber, Clark, Hunter, Egerton, Thompson, Tighe
Swallow, Smith, Jones, Delaney, Fitton