Macclesfield Town 4-1 Barrow
The FA Cup with Budweiser
Second Round Proper replay
3pm, Saturday 29 December 2012
Moss Rose, Macclesfield Town FC
Winning clubs receive £27,000 from The FA's prize fund
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by Alex Shaw
Chris Holroyd was at the double for Macclesfield as they won their FA Cup replay to set up a Third Round tie with Cardiff.
The non-League side beat Barrow at the second time of asking thanks to Holroyd's brace and further strikes from John Paul Kissock and Matt Barnes-Homer.
This match survived three pitch inspections, with numerous club officials and even the fans helping out to get the game on, and after 15 minutes their persistence paid off as Macclesfield raced into a 2-0 lead.
John Paul Kissock, a former Barrow trialist and hailed as the 'non-League Messi' by the club's PA man, volleyed into the roof of the net from Ryan Jackson's cross after seven minutes to give his side the lead.
It got even better for the Silkmen on 15 minutes when Holroyd slammed one in from 20 yards. Holroyd capitalised on slack defending to double his side's lead but it was short lived.
Barely 60 seconds later, Adam Boyes fired the ball into the bottom corner to give Barrow hope.
Sean McConville then missed a glorious chance to equalise midway through the first half but his firm shot bounced off the post as the visitors pressed.
Barrow looked the better side towards the end of the first half and Sean Hessey fizzed a free-kick just wide in an entertaining first 45.
Boyes went down under a challenge from Carl Martin in the area just before the interval but the referee waved away the protests as the half came to a close.
Macclesfield began brightly after the break and an unmarked Keiran Murtagh had a chance to put daylight between themselves and Barrow but he skewed his shot over the bar.
Barnes-Homer made it 3-1 on 67 minutes and two minutes later, Holroyd grabbed his second of the match to finish the tie off.