SA duo make Fleetwood Town debuts


Two South African youngsters have made their professional debuts in England.

Max McMillan stole the headlines when he scored his first professional goal to help League One side Fleetwood Town defeat Barrow 3-1 in the Football League Trophy on Tuesday evening.

The 19-year-old was handed his first senior start for the Cod Army and he did not disappoint playing the full 90 minutes and scoring a 67th minute goal to help the club progress to the next round of the competition.

Durban-born midfielder Akiel Raffie was also handed his first appearance for the senior team. He came on as a 81st minute substitute playing as a defensive midfielder.

Raffie has been going through the system at Fleetwood since he arrived as a 14-year-old and he will be pleased to finally make his first professional start for them.

Democratic Republic of Congo striker Offrande Zanzala opened the scoring in the 28th minute as the home side went into half time with a 1-0 lead at Holker Street.

Jay Matete then netted the equaliser a minute into the second half as the visitors started showing a lot of hunger and determination. McMillan eventually gave the visitors the lead in the 67th minute thanks to some good work by Leeds United product Ryan Edmondson down the left wing.

Edmondson sealed the victory with a beautiful finish in additional time to ensure that the visiting team progressed to the next round of the competition.

McMillan is also a product of Leeds having joined the club as a six-year-old, but opted to join Fleetwood in search of first team football.

Elsewhere, Khanya Leshabela played the entire 90 minutes and laid an assist as Shrewsbury Town defeated Wolves U21 3-1 to advance to the next round as well.

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By FARPost Reporter