This is what it’s all about. Sometimes the overused cliches are apt. Teams from the depths of English club football are afforded a chance at the impossible. This day will not be forgotten by supporters of Macclesfield Town.
Two goals from Matthew Barnes-Homer in the span of three minutes pushed the Silkmen into the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. Their number nine, Barnes-Homer, scored his fifth and sixth goals in four games. These two are slightly bigger than the rest.
Cardiff City are on their way to promotion to the big time, leading the Championship by seven points. With that in mind Malky Mackay fielded an evergreen lineup, resting eleven regulars. For 85 minutes that didn’t matter. Nathaniel Jarvis’ goal in the 57th minute looked to be all the Bluebirds would need.
It wasn’t. Joe Ralls played in a streaking Declan John, who in turn whipped in a lovely ball in to the box. Barnes-Homer made no mistake. Tie game. Moss Rose erupted.
Three minutes later Jarvis was called for a foul on Pablo Mills in the box. Though Jarvis did grab the shirt of Mills, it was an extremely harsh call that late in the game. Shit happens. Barnes-Homer’s well taken penalty made it 2-1.
Supporters of the Silkmen would have to grind through five minutes of extra time before descending into ecstasy. They held on. Yes, there were fortuitous circumstances that led to victory, but that isn’t the story here. A team from the fifth tier defeated the leaders of the second.
The 3,165 people in attendance will have something to gloat about at the pub for the rest of their lives. Long live the minnow.