Carlisle Snatch Victory From Sorry Morecambe

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Morecambe 1-2 Carlisle United

Ellison 27            Wyke 83 pen Asamoah 84

Carlisle came from behind to record an important victory against Morecambe today, boosting their League 2 Play-Off hopes.

Kevin Ellison opened the scoring for the Shrimps, and Morecambe looked as if they were heading for their first win since January 16th, but Carlisle scored two late goals within the space of two minutes through Charlie Wyke and Derek Asamoah to take the three points back to Cumbria.

Morecambe had a very bright start to the game, and should’ve taken the lead in the first five minutes when Paul Mullin’s attempted overhead kick hit the crossbar and then Ellison’s header from the rebound hit the post whilst the goal was wide open.

Ten minutes later Shaun Beeley made a great run forward, but his ball didn’t reach the Morecambe attack although it was looking promising.

Carlisle did have a spell in the first half where they could’ve taken the lead and Barry Roche was forced to make saves from Alex Gilliead and Michael Raynes in the 22nd and 25th minutes respectively.

Just minutes later however Morecambe managed to take the lead as Jamie Devitt’s pass found Kevin Ellison, who was one-on-one with the keeper, and he netted home six yards out.

In the 34th minute Ellison found himself in a promising position again on the left hand side but his shot went just wide of the goal.

Morecambe continued to push for a second goal shortly before the break, with Paul Mullin and Kevin Ellison both coming close for the hosts.

Three minutes into the second half, Ellison had yet another shot but it was saved by Dan Hanford.

Carlisle went on to have many spells of dominance in the second half and they were awarded two corners within the space of five minutes, both being well-worked corners. Alex McQueen found himself unmarked for the first of the two corners in the 57th minute, but his shot went sailing over the bar and out of the ground. The former Tottenham scholar got on the end of the second corner too with a more promising volley but it went just wide of the goal.

The chances soon dried up for Morecambe with their only chances of the half coming from Paul Mullin, who shot wide in the 58th minute, and Aaron Wildig coming close in the 65th minute.

Jim Bentley made two tactical substitutions in the 79th minute, and having only been on the pitch for three minutes Aaron McGowan brought down Charlie Wyke in the box and the referee had no hesitation but to point to the spot. Wyke converted the resultant penalty to draw level.

Just moments later Carlisle did very well on the counter attack and Charlie Wyke beat two Morecambe defenders before losing the ball, but then it fell to substitute Derek Asamoah whose shot into an open goal to put the Cumbrians in front.

In the remaining ten minutes of the game (including stoppage time) Keith Curle’s side made sure that Morecambe didn’t have any clear-cut chances, and they held on for the win.

The result puts Carlisle just three points off the play-off places, whilst Morecambe remain in 18th place ten points above the drop zone.

Morecambe: Roche, Edwards, Doyle, Goodall, Beeley (c), Kenyon, Wildig, Barkhuizen, Devitt (Molyneux 79), Ellison, Mullin (McGowan 79).

Subs not used: O’Hara, Bondswell, Bailey, Wilson

Booked: Edwards, Kenyon

Carlisle United: Hanford, McQueen (Asamoah 80), Raynes (c), Ellis, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Kennedy, Comley (Joyce 46), Hope (Hery 80), Wyke, Ibehre.

Subs not used: Brough, Rigg, Thompson, Bacon

Booked: Raynes

Attendance: 3070 (1454 away)







Lancaster Suffer Blow As They Fall To Trafford

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Lancaster City 0-1 Trafford

                 Palmer 31

Lancaster suffered another blow to their play-off hopes with a defeat against mid-table Trafford.

Chris Palmer scored the only goal of the game to secure the three points for the Greater-Manchester side.

To start with the game was very end-to-end, with both sides having chances. Trafford had a corner after just three minutes, and Neil Marshall headed just over the bar off the end of a free kick in the twelfth minute.

Despite the game being even early on, Trafford soon emerged as the side looking more likely to take the lead. The visitors came close to doing just that in the 19th minute when Kyle Jacobs hit a very good shot from the edge of the box, which was heading in, but Mike Hale managed to get a hand on it to tip the ball over the bar.

City looked shaky at the back for the majority of the first half, and Trafford continued to dominate. They eventually took the lead in the 31st minute through Chris Palmer, who drilled a shot in the bottom left hand corner to beat Mike Hale in the City goal.

Billy Akrigg could’ve equalised for the home side soon after, but he failed to do so with Saunders making a simple save.

Trafford went in at the break deservedly leading 1-0.

Lancaster improved after the break and could’ve equalised three minutes into the second half through Billy Akrigg, but his shot went wide following a free kick.

Zach Clark came on as a substitute for Lancaster in the 67th minute, and he was quick to influence the game with an early shot going just wide of the goal.

There weren’t a great deal of chances in the second half, and Lancaster found themselves battling for an equaliser in the last ten minutes throwing bodies forward. Captain Neil Marshall connected with a powerful corner by Ryan Winder in the 83rd minute only for his shot to reach the hands of Russ Saunders easily in the Trafford goal.

Trafford’s only real chance of the second half came shortly afterwards with substitute Raul Correia shooting wide.

Lancaster continued to push for a goal, and they should’ve scored in the last minute of normal time as Zach Clark found himself with the ball just three yards out but he spent too long on the ball and he was tackled by a Trafford defender with fans of the Dolly Blues calling for a penalty.

Gavin Clark made a good run with the ball towards the box in the second minute of added time, but he failed to provide a finishing product as his shot went sailing over the bar.

Lancaster earned a corner in the last minute of added time, which keeper Mike Hale raced up for, but Ryan Winder’s corner was cleared off the line by a Trafford defender. Unfortunately for Phil Brown’s side, it wasn’t City’s day and they fell to their first loss of the month.

Lancaster City: Hale, Henry, Mercer, Marshall(c), G Clark, Watson, Winder, Akrigg (Shearwood 80), Carney, Kilifin (Clark 67), Davis (Taylor 46).

Booked: Kilifin

Trafford: Saunders, Quansah, Neville, Langford, Duggan, Granite(c), Palmer, Jacobs, Burns (Correia 72), Bryant (McDonagh 79).

Attendance: 200






Morecambe Keeper Rescues Point Against Portsmouth

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Morecambe 1-1 Portsmouth

Roche 90+4 Evans 40

Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche grabbed the headlines tonight as he headed home from a last minute corner to get a well-earned point for the Shrimps.

The Shrimps started very brightly, and had a free kick in a threatening position in the first minute. Kevin Ellison hit the ball over the bar, but it was looking positive for the home side.

Barry Roche had could’ve scored two goals today, and his first chance to score came in the 16th minute when he kicked the ball out of his hands and the wind helped the ball travel straight towards the Portsmouth goal, and Fulton was able to just keep it out.

Paul Cook’s side caught Morecambe on the break a number of times in the first half, but the Shrimps had been lucky up until the 40th minute when the away side took the lead. Gareth Evans made his way into the box and slotted home past Roche fairly easily from close range to put Pompey in front at the break.

In the second half Jim Bentley’s side created the better chances, although they weren’t excellent in the final third. For instance, Luke Conlan put a decent ball into the box in the 69th minute but Shaun Miller failed to control it whilst unmarked.

Jamie Devitt came very close in the 80th minute, when he cut inside the box and his curling shot went just over the bar.

Time was running out for Morecambe, and substitute Lee Molyneux put a good through ball into the box but it came to nothing in the 90th minute.

There was four minutes of added time and Molyneux played a major part at the end and he should scored the equaliser from close range but he was denied by a cracking save by Liverpool loanee Ryan Fulton.

Keeper Barry Roche came up for Morecambe’s only corner of the game, which occurred in the last minute of added time and was taken by Shaun Miller. The Irishman made a cracking run away from the defender and headed home to grab a point in remarkable fashion sending the crowd into raptures.

You could see what it meant to both the players and the fans, as celebrations continued for quite a while with the whole Morecambe team piling on top of Roche and the crowd chanting his name. Was a privilege to be there.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley(c), Dugdale, Parrish, Conlan, Goodall, Fleming, Devitt (Molyneux 82), Ellison (Mullin 75), Barkhuizen, Miller.

Subs not used: O’Hara, Doyle, Edwards, Wilson

Booked: Beeley and Fleming

Portsmouth: Fulton, Davies, Webster, Clarke, Stevens, Close, Doyle, Evans, McNulty (McGurk 83), Naismith (Bennett 72), Smith (Roberts 72).

Subs not used: Burgess, Barton, Chaplin, Bass

Booked: Clarke

Attendance: 1,399

Morecambe Portsmouth
Shots 11 8
Shots on Target 5 2
Corners 1 7
Fouls 8 11
Possession 46% 54%