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
Attendance: 3070 (1454 away)