Super Mack upsets Shrews in Cup
Jon Macken’s first senior hat-trick fired Preston North End to a 4-1 victory over Shrewsbury at Deepdale.
Third Division outfit Shrewsbury beat North End 1-0 in the first leg at Gay Meadow a fortnight earlier but Macken ensured PNE overturned the deficit to sail through to the next round of the League Cup with a 4-2 aggregate win.
Macken fired two past Shrews keeper Ian Dunbavin and was denied a third by a goalkeeper within the opening 12 minutes.
Graham Alexander added a sublime third for the Division One side as his thunderous 30-yard strike flew into the top right corner.
Ross Davidson pulled a goal back for the visitors but Macken bagged a third to kill off the Shrews hopes of an upset.
Macken was off the mark in the fifth minute as he pounced on Steve Robinson’s pull back and smashed the ball into the back of the net via the underside of the crossbar.
Dunbavin denied the striker four minutes later as he tipped Macken’s powerful header round a post to safety.
But the striker bagged his second in the 12th minute as he cut inside from the left of the Shrews penalty box.
He unleashed an inch-perfect curling shot that kissed the right hand post before rippling the back of the net.
North End appealed for a third in the 18th minute.
Ian Anderson’s 30-yard rocket rattled the bar before appearing to crash down over the line but referee Graham Laws waved away North End’s goal claim.
PNE looked to have wrapped things up in the 30th minute as Alexander picked up the loose ball and fired an unstoppable strike into the top corner.
Deepdale old boy Nigel Jemson teed up Davidson who pulled a goal back for Shrewsbury in the 55th minute but Macken held off two defenders to hook the ball into the bottom corner in the 75th minute.