Morecambe 1-1 York City
Morecambe and relegated York City shared the points in a closely fought but somewhat scrappy end of season encounter at the Globe Arena on Saturday afternoon.
York took the lead against the run of play through Luke Summerfield just before half time, and then Jamie Devitt got the Shrimps back on level terms six minutes into the second half with a wonderful strike.
It was a cagey start to the game, until a lack of communication in the Morecambe defence led to former Morecambe player Lewis Alessandra being one-on-one with Barry Roche in the 11th minute. Luckily for the Shrimps, Roche got the better of him and the defence managed to clear the danger.
Jim Bentley’s side advanced with a number of chances of their own, with Kevin Ellison, Aaron Wildig and Shaun Miller all coming close to breaking the deadlock for the Shrimps.
Shortly before half time, Aaron Wildig had another good effort at goal, but it was tipped over by Ingham, as the ball was making its way into the top corner.
Morecambe had the majority of the chances in the first half but it was still very end-to-end. In added time at the end of the first half, York took the lead through Luke Summerfield, who easily placed the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal without any real opposition from the Shrimps midfield.
Shaun Miller almost equalised for the hosts instantly afterwards, finding himself one-on-one with the keeper but the defence managed prevent the striker from having a shot at goal. York led 1-0 at half time.
In the opening moments of the second half the away side could’ve doubled their lead through Bradley Fewster, but his header went just over the bar.
Morecambe were soon back on level terms six minutes into the second half, as Jamie Devitt hit an aesthetically pleasing 35-yard shot that bounced off the crossbar and went in, much to the delight of the home fans.
Aaron Wildig came ever so close to taking the lead for the Shrimps just moments later, when he got on the end of a good ball by Shaun Miller, but his effort wasn’t good enough to beat the York keeper.
Just over five minutes later, York came very close to regaining their lead twice. Bradley Fewster’s shot was blocked off the line by Lee Molyneux following some good build up play by Lewis Alessandra, and then Josh Carson’s header went wide of the goal despite the fact that there was an almost open goal in front of him.
Moments later, York had another golden opportunity that they put to waste. This time James Berrett made a good advancing run towards the box before playing the ball to winger Carson, who put the ball into the box and Kenny McEnvoy failed to tap home from close range, which was all he really needed to do.
The chances soon dried up for Jackie McNamara’s side, and Morecambe looked the more likely to score in the final ten minutes of the encounter. Subsitute Paul Mullin came close on a number of occasions, whilst Aaron Wildig almost won the game for the Shrimps too. It was Paul Mullin who came ever so close to putting the game to bed as he cut into the box in the 90th minute and had a belting shot that was well saved by keeper Michael Ingham, who had a good game between the sticks for the relegated side.
The Shrimps finished the season in 21st on 46 points, with 12 wins, 10 draws and a disappointing 24 defeats, and will return to action in pre season on July 16th.
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Dugdale (c) (Edwards 57), Doyle, Molyneux, Fleming, Goodall (Stockton 71), Devitt, Wildig, Ellison, Miller (Mullin 71).
Subs not used: O’Hara, Bailey, C Oliver.
York City: Ingham, Hendrie, Bennett, Winfield (c), Cameron, Carson, Summerfield, Berrett, McEvoy, Fewster (V Oliver 65), Alessandra.
Subs not used: Flinders, Ilesanmi, Riordan, Swan, Dixon, Galbraith.