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Carlisle United 2-1 Macclesfield Town

Substitute Ryan Loft snatched an important three points for struggling Carlisle as the Cumbrians came from behind to beat Macclesfield.

Theo Archibald had given Macclesfield the lead before Harry McKirdy levelled in first-half injury time after Joe Ironside had missed a penalty for the Silkmen.

The decisive moment in a finely-balanced game came in the 82nd minute when Leicester loan forward Loft was rewarded for his persistence with a breakaway goal.

Macclesfield enjoyed a good share of the ball in the early stages and Corey O'Keeffe stung Adam Collin's palms with a rasping effort from the left side of the area.

The Silkmen went in front in the 25th minute after Collin's fine stop from an Ironside shot proved in vain as Archibald regained possession to hammer a shot past the Carlisle goalkeeper from just inside the area.

Macclesfield should have gone two up five minutes later when the referee spotted a handball by Mike Jones in the Carlisle defensive wall at a free-kick.

But Ironside's spot-kick lacked pace and Collin was able to scramble across his goal to save low down by the right-hand post.

There was a slice of fortune about Carlisle's equaliser as Nathan Thomas' corner low to the near post struck a defender on the line and rebounded back off the head of McKirdy into the net.

By contrast, Macclesfield's luck was out in the 63rd minute when Ben Stephens nodded home from inside the six-yard box after Archibald's shot had struck the underside of the bar, only to be ruled offside.

But Loft won it in the 82nd minute when he charged down a clearance by Fiacre Kelleher and strode clear before slipping the ball wide of the advancing Owen Evans.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Carlisle

  • 1Collin
  • 14Jones
  • 23Branthwaite
  • 5Mellish
  • 3Iredale
  • 28Sagaf
  • 19BridgeSubstituted forCarrollat 84'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 8JonesBooked at 30mins
  • 7Thomas
  • 24OlomolaSubstituted forLoftat 75'minutes
  • 11McKirdySubstituted forHopeat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Carroll
  • 6Hayden
  • 9Hope
  • 22Gray
  • 25Loft
  • 27Knight-Percival
  • 31Sorensen

Macclesfield

  • 1Evans
  • 25Cameron
  • 5Kelleher
  • 6Vassell
  • 12Welch-Hayes
  • 14Kirby
  • 16O'Keeffe
  • 11Archibald
  • 20OsadebeBooked at 50mins
  • 10Stephens
  • 9IronsideSubstituted forGomisat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Clarke
  • 13Charles-Cook
  • 15Horsfall
  • 19Gomis
  • 22Ntambwe
  • 23Fitzpatrick
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
3,880

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Carlisle United 2, Macclesfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Carlisle United 2, Macclesfield Town 1.

Foul by Canice Carroll (Carlisle United).

Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Loft (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Cameron (Macclesfield Town).

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Nathan Cameron.

Attempt saved. Ben Stephens (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Jarrad Branthwaite (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Virgil Gomis (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Ryan Loft (Carlisle United).

Theo Vassell (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Canice Carroll (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Canice Carroll (Carlisle United).

Ben Stephens (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Fiacre Kelleher.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Canice Carroll replaces Jack Bridge.

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 2, Macclesfield Town 1. Ryan Loft (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Ryan Loft (Carlisle United).

Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Loft (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town).

Jack Iredale (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Theo Archibald (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt missed. Ryan Loft (Carlisle United) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Gethin Jones.

Attempt blocked. Jarrad Branthwaite (Carlisle United) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Thomas.

Foul by Ryan Loft (Carlisle United).

Connor Kirby (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Ryan Loft replaces Olufela Olomola.

Attempt missed. Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Thomas with a cross.

Gethin Jones (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Cameron (Macclesfield Town).

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Jack Iredale.

Mohammed Sagaf (Carlisle United).

Emmanuel Osadebe (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Emmanuel Osadebe.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Hallam Hope replaces Harry McKirdy.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Virgil Gomis replaces Joe Ironside.

Foul by Olufela Olomola (Carlisle United).

Theo Vassell (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Forest Green1694320101031
2Bradford169342415930
3Swindon179352820830
4Crewe169342618830
5Exeter178542320329
6Cheltenham1584327141328
7Newport167631713427
8Colchester177552216626
9Northampton177462218425
10Port Vale176742222025
11Salford176652125-424
12Cambridge176562217523
13Plymouth166552420423
14Mansfield175572625120
15Macclesfield165561720-320
16Leyton Orient175572428-420
17Crawley175572429-520
18Grimsby155462020019
19Carlisle175391829-1118
20Oldham173771826-816
21Scunthorpe173682125-415
22Walsall1743101225-1315
23Stevenage172781221-913
24Morecambe1734101529-1413
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