Cumbrians fight into quarters
Carlisle destroyed Macclesfield's resistance to secure their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy quarter-finals.
Last Updated: 07/10/09 10:40pm
Carlisle destroyed Macclesfield's resistance with a second-half burst to win 4-2 and secure their place in the quarter-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Substitute Scott Dobie scored twice and Matty Robson and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson were also on target to eventually make it an easy night for the Cumbrians after missed chances had threatened to cost them dear.
Macclesfield came into the picture as half-time approached and in injury time Paul Bolland's cross picked out teenage central defender Shaun Brisley, who guided a low header just inside keeper Adam Collin's left-hand post.
But Macclesfield goalkeeper Jon Brain was caught out in the 64th minute when Robson broke away to hit a shot from the angle of the penalty area.
And Carlisle were in front in the 68th minute when Bridge-Wilkinson played in Dobie, who held off two defenders and neatly flick the ball past Jon Brain from eight yards.
Bridge-Wilkinson added a third for Carlisle in the 78th minute beating Brain to Ian Harte's cross and scoring with a downward header from six yards.
Dobie grabbed his fourth in four games in the 80th minute sliding the ball home from 12 yards from Robson's pull-back and although John Rooney had the last word for the visitors with a superb curling drive, it was United who progressed.