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Cassidy Goal Gives Pools First Point

8 August 2017

Jake Cassidy Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Jake Cassidy leads the celebrations

Pools fell behind to a first-half goal from Danny Whitaker but showed the determination to fight their way back into the game and take a point this evening.

Jake Cassidy, who was bright for Pools this evening, was the man who scored the equaliser, heading home his side’s first goal of the 2017/18 National League campaign to earn Pools a point.

Pools were first to find their stride this evening as they went on to dominate the opening twenty minutes.

Lewis Hawkins joined in an early attack, forcing the ball across the face of goal but it was Shwan Jalal in the Macclesfield goal who got to it first.

Padraig Amond nicked possession for Pools on the edge of the box as Pools looked for the opener; he squared it in to Jack Munns who lost out to the defender as he went to shoot on goal.

Jake Cassidy, who was brightest for Pools throughout the opening half, was the first to have a shot on goal as he powered into the box to blast an effort goalwards. The shot went wide of the far post but it signalled the start of a strong period for Harrison’s side.

Hawkins went for goal from the edge of the box on 16 minutes, but his shot took a deflection and bobbled along the ground into the arms of Shalal.

Munns was next to try a strike from outside the box but he watched his effort scrape wide of the post as Pools got closer to making a breakthrough.

Ryan Donaldson set up Cassidy for another shot, which Shalal collected as Pools played some good, attacking football.

But the second half of the first forty-five proved a different story for Harrison’s side as the hosts grew into the game and ended up on top.

The lively Elliott Durrell whipped a decent ball in from the right which eventually found its way to Scott Burgess but his header was straight into the arms of Scott Loach.

Noe Baba tried a lwo drive from 20 yards on 26 minutes which went just wide of Loach’s right-hand post before Ryan Lloyd sent a glancing header just inches wide of the same post.

Loach pulled off a great save, throwing out a hand to his right to deny Whitaker with a smart volley as it now looked like it would be a Macclesfield goal that would break the deadlock.

And so it was, on the 38th minute; Durrell was again afforded too much space down the right and his cross into the box was met well in the air by Whitaker who sent a header high into the roof of the net.

Pool showed glimpses of promise again just before the break, with Donaldson blasting a shot across the face of goal and Amond flicking the ball on for Cassidy who just lost out in the race for the ball to Shalal.

It was the hosts who started the second half brightest, with a mis-kick from Scott Harrison allowing Tyron Marsh to run through and send a shot at Loach.

Durrell was again involved in the next opening, this time sending a pacy cross in from the right which skipped through the box untouched and arrived at Lloyd at the far post who sent it high from a good position.

At the other end a Jack Munns freekick was touched out to Conor Newton whose powerful volley went over Shalal’s bar.

On 58 minutes Pools got the goal they needed – and their first of the campaign; a Donaldson freekick into the box found the powerful Cassidy rising above everyone else and his guided a header past Shalal and into the back of the net.

Just minutes later is was nearly 2-1 to Pools; Lewis Hawkins played a ball across the box from the right which found Jack Munns arriving at the far post but his strike went just wide of target.

Louis Laing got in a crucial block at the other end to clear a low cross into the box and the big defender did it again later in the half with a really well-timed challenge to steal the ball away from Kennedy inside the area.

Following the equaliser, Pools were on top for much of the game, playing some decent football despite a very heavy pitch and building up the pressure on the home goal.

There was plenty of pressure from Harrison’s side but they couldn’t find the winner and left Moss Rose with a share of the points.

Full Time: Macclesfield Town 1 Pools 1

Booked: Donnelly (31), Munns (41)

Attendance: 1519 (265 Pools)

Macclesfield Town: Jalal, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Pilkington (Kennedy 62), Durrell (Arthur 81), Marsh, Lloyd, Baba, Yates, Burgess (Wilson 72), Whitaker.
Subs Not Used: Richards Hancox.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Harrison, Donnelly, Newton, Donaldson, Hawkins, Munns (Adams 72), Cassidy, Amond.
Subs Not Used: Featherstone, Deverdics, Woods, Rodney.

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