Shrimps Bow Out Of EFL Cup With Heads Held High

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EFL Cup Round 2- Wednesday 24th August 2016

Morecambe 1-2 Bournemouth
Stockton 14   Gradel 8
	      Wilson 54

Morecambe bowed out of the EFL Cup with their heads held high following a narrow loss to Premier League side Bournemouth.

Max Gradel opened the scoring for the away side, before Cole Stockton equalised for the hosts five minutes later, and then Marc Wilson got the winner on his debut for Eddie Howe’s side since his £2m switch from Stoke City.

Jim Bentley’s side started well, and had an early chance through Cole Stockton, who hit the ball over the bar in the fourth minute.

Two minutes later Tom Barkhuizen followed up on this, forcing Adam Federici into a good save as a result of a powerful shot from the in-form winger.

Despite Morecambe’s early chances, it was the away side who scored the first goal of the night. Eddie Howe’s side capitalised on a defensive error and Max Gradel’s shot came off the post and beat Roche to his left in the eighth minute to put Bournemouth in front.

Five minutes later the Premier League side almost had a second goal, when Junior Stanislas got past Luke Conlan on the right hand side and shot straight at Barry Roche.

Two minutes later the Shrimps were back in the game, as a throw in found its way to Cole Stockton who was able to turn and bury the ball past Federici in the bottom right of the goal to put the hosts back on level terms.

Bournemouth had the majority of chances in the first half however, but Morecambe managed to hold their forte to half time.

Max Gradel had a shot well blocked by Alex Whitmore in the 28th minute, before Barry Roche denied Benik Afobe and the rebound from Max Gradel was blocked by the Irishman too in the 31st minute.

The away side looked likely to score just before the break, with Lewis Grabban having a shot blocked by Ryan Edwards and Max Gradel almost beating Roche with an attempted lob.

It was Morecambe who had the last chance of the half however, and it was a very significant one. Tom Barkhuizen cut in from the right-hand side and his powerful shot hit the post at speed and nearly went in. It was 1-1 at the break.

Eddie Howe’s side started the second half well, and were back in front just nine minutes into the half. After Morecambe failed to successfully defend a corner, the ball fell to debutant Marc Wilson, who buried the ball into the right-hand corner to score his first goal since 2010.

Ten minutes later Max Gradel had a shot blocked by Ryan Edwards, before the away side had a golden opportunity to extend their lead. Ryan Edwards gifted the ball straight to Benik Afobe but the former Arsenal striker was unable to get round Roche, who was the only man he had to beat in order to score.

Following a dodgy pass back from Marc Wilson, it was arguably all Morecambe in the last twenty minutes of the game. Jack Dunn blasted just wide of the goal from around thirty yards out in the 70th minute, before Kevin Ellison’s cross in the box had to be tipped over the bar by Federici four minutes from time.

Morecambe threw everything at Bournemouth in the dying moments of the game, with Paul Mullin coming close with a diving header in the last two minutes of normal time. In added time keeper Barry Roche came up for a free kick and he did get a touch to the ball, but the move ended when Ryan Edwards headed the ball onto the crossbar- coming so close for the Shrimps.

Centre-half Edwards had the last chance of the game with a good shot that forced Federici into a good save in the second minute of injury time. Although some would argue that the Shrimps did enough to take the game to extra time, it just wasn’t to be for the home side.

Jim Bentley’s side, who sit at the top of League 2, come up against Accrington Stanley away from home on Saturday.

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Edwards, Whitmore, Conlan, Molyneux (Ellison 73), Rose (c), Fleming, Barkhuizen, Dunn (Mullin 80), Stockton (Turner 80).

Subs not used: Nizic, Kenyon, Hedley, McGowan.

Bournemouth: Federici, Francis (c), M Wilson, Ake, Smith, Stanislas (Pugh 61), Gosling, Cook, Gradel (Hyndman 90+2), Afobe, Grabban (Mousset 77).

Subs not used: O’Kane, Buckley, Holmes, Lee.

Attendance: 2,542

Substitutes Shine For Preston As They Overcome Oldham


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EFL Cup 2nd Round- Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Preston North End 2-0 Oldham Athletic
Doyle 66
Hugill 81

Goals from second-half subsitutes Eoin Doyle and Jordan Hugill were enough for Preston North End to book a place in the third round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening at Deepdale.

Eoin Doyle opened the scoring with a weak shot from close range in the 66th minute, and then Jordan Hugill got the winner after he headed home following a great ball from Doyle after a mistake from the keeper in the 81st minute.

The first ten minutes of the game were reasonably quiet, with no chances to note. The first chance came in the 13th minute when Jordan Hugill got on the end of a Ben Pearson free kick but it was headed straight into the hands of the keeper.

Five minutes later, the away side had their first chance of the game with Marc Klok taking the ball into a threatening position and putting a good ball across the back line but it was cleared by the Preston defence.

Chances were few and far between in the first half, with the home side’s only chances coming from Simon Makienok, who headed straight at the keeper on the end of a good free kick in the 20th minute, Alan Browne shooting over after a good move in the 30th minute and Hugill shooting over the bar with a 38th minute free kick. Oldham’s only chance in that space of time came from Ollie Banks, who shot over the bar after a good corner. It was goalless at the break.

It was a much more exciting second half however, with a goal looking much more likely.

Six minutes into the second half, Chris Humphrey and Tom Clarke combined to make a good move along the right-hand side, and Clarke put in a good ball that reached Pearson but unfortunately he couldn’t connect with it properly.

A minute later Jordan Hugill came close for the home side also, heading just wide at the end of some good counter-attacking play from Simon Grayson’s side.

Oldham had their first threatening chance of the half with Leeds loanee Lee Erwin forcing a good save from Chris Maxwell in the 59th minute with a powerful shot.

However the home side took the lead in the 66th minute through Eoin Doyle who got on the end of a good ball and controlled the ball onto his other foot before beating the keeper from close range.

The away side looked for an equaliser, and Lee Erwin came close with a shot that didn’t really test Chris Maxwell in the 73rd minute.

The home side should’ve had a second goal in the 77th minute after Callum Robinson found Eoin Doyle with a cracking ball, but unfortunately for the ex-Cardiff striker he wasn’t able to connect with it on the volley.

Five minutes later, Oldham’s keeper came out of his area and won the ball but he could only give the ball straight to Eoin Doyle, who was able to put a cracking ball in to Hugill who headed home into an open goal to secure the win for the Championship side.

Preston’s win means they will play Bournemouth away from home in the third round, and they are back in action on Saturday away to Ipswich in the Sky Bet Championship.

Preston North End: Maxwell, Clarke (c), Huntington, Cunningham, Humphrey, Pringle (Browne 27), Welsh (Robinson 60), Pearson, Spurr, Makienok (Doyle 61), Hugill.

Subs not used: Johnson, Grimshaw, Davies, Hudson

Oldham Athletic: Ripley, Dunne, Burgess, P Clarke, Law (McLaughlin 67), B Wilson, Klok (Green 46), Fane, Banks (Osei 70), Erwin, Cassidy.

Booked: Erwin

Subs not used: Flynn, Croft, Kettings, Edmundson.

Attendance: 5,075

Relegation Favourites Beat Promotion Favourites Comprehensively

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Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 2-0 Portsmouth
Edwards 10Barkhuizen 21

Early goals from Ryan Edwards and Tom Barkhuizen ensured that the bookies’ favourites to go down, Morecambe, beat the bookies favourites to go up, Portsmouth on a lovely summer’s evening.

The first ten minutes were fairly quiet, but Cole Stockton then had Morecambe’s first chance with a shot, outside the box, that was blocked in the tenth minute.

Moments later the Shrimps got their first corner of the game, which was defended badly by the away side and it fell to Ryan Edwards who was able to slot home from close range to put Jim Bentley’s side in front and score Morecambe’s first goal from defence in two seasons.

Portsmouth showed some signs of getting a goal back, with some attacking play but they weren’t brilliant in the final third. Former Morecambe player Carl Baker had a shout for a penalty turned down in the 21st minute and then Morecambe took full advantage of the counter-attack. Tom Barkhuizen made a cracking run forward, and he blasted the ball home into the top corner from the edge of the D to double the Shrimps’ lead and open his goal scoring account for the season.

Five minutes later Carl Baker came close for the away side, but his shot was blocked by Conlan, and Kyle Bennett also shot just wide in the 34th minute.

Ten minutes before half time, Tom Barkhuizen came close to getting his second of the night, as he did very well to get past Enda Stevens at left-back but then his lob over the keeper could only make the side-netting.

Paul Cook’s side looked to press for a goal back before half time, but the best they could do was through Kyle Bennett, who could only hit the ball over the bar four minutes from time.

In the second half, the Shrimps’ defence sat back and Portsmouth had a whole host of chances but they didn’t trouble Barry Roche in the Morecambe goal.

Carl Baker had a powerful shot saved by Barry Roche to his left in the 52nd minute, and fifteen minutes later Pompey had arguably their best chance of the game. Substitute Curtis Main (no relation to me by my knowledge by the way) got on the end of a great cross, and his diving header from close range was parried away by Roche, who had great reactions.

Six minutes later, Main emerged on the right-hand side but his shot was saved by the legs of Roche and centre-half Christian Burgess also had a close-range shot parried away by the veteran keeper.

One of Morecambe’s only notable chances of the half came in the 79th minute when Tom Barkhuizen made a threatening run on the right-hand side and then played an excellent long ball to Ellison in the box whose volley was blocked by a defender and went for a corner.

Three minutes later Lee Molyneux gave away a free kick in a threatening position, but Gareth Roberts’ impressive free-kick was met by the hands of Roche, who made an impressive diving save to his left to keep the ball out.

Jim Bentley’s side had an excellent chance to put the game to bed in the 89th minute when substitute Paul Mullin found himself one-on-one with the keeper as a result of some great counter-attacking play but his impressive shot was saved well by David Forde to his left.

There were five minutes of added time, and the Shrimps managed to keep a clean-sheet despite Carl Baker’s last minute attempt to get a consolation, which was saved again by the excellent Roche to his right.

Morecambe travel to Yeovil on Saturday in League 2 looking to extend their winning run to four games (in all competitions) before facing Premier League side Bournemouth in the EFL Cup on Wednesday at the Globe Arena.

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Edwards, Whitmore, Conlan, Ellison, Rose(c), Fleming, Barkhuizen (Kenyon 86), Dunn (Molyneux 60), Stockton (Mullin 75).

Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Turner

Booked: Fleming, Molyneux, Stockton

Portsmouth: Forde, Talbot, Barton, Burgess, Stevens, Rose (Hunt 85), Doyle(c), Roberts, Baker, Bennett (Main 64), Smith (Lalkovic 64).

Subs not used: Davies, O’Brien, Buxton, Linganzi

Booked: Stevens, Doyle

Attendance: 1,838








Summer Signings Inspire Shrimps To Victory

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-1 Blackpool

Dunn 45+3 pen  Potts 23

Rose 76

Goals from new recruits Jack Dunn and Michael Rose ensured Morecambe came from behind to pick up their first league win of the season against seaside counterparts Blackpool.

Brad Potts took the lead for Blackpool midway through the first half with a powerful shot into the bottom left-hand corner, and Jack Dunn scored from the spot just before the break to get Morecambe back into the game and stand-in captain Michael Rose scored the winning goal for the home side in the 76th minute.

The game started off being very end-to-end with both sides having chances. Brad Potts had the first attempt for the visitors, wearing sky blue, and his shot was saved by the legs of Barry Roche in the second minute.

Just three minutes later the Shrimps had a free kick on the right-hand side, and Michael Rose came very close to taking the lead for the home side. The summer signing, who joined the club on a one-year deal after being released by Rochdale, whipped the ball into the box with his left foot and it was tipped onto the bar by Blackpool keeper Sam Slocombe without any players making contact on its way towards the goal.

The away side then went on to dominate proceedings for most of the first half, with Tom Aldred, Brad Potts and Bright Osayi-Samuel all coming close for Gary Bowyer’s side. The most notable of which was when Brad Potts went through on goal, looking likely to score, only for the ex-Carlisle man to stopped by Morecambe right-back Liam Wakefield with an impressive last-ditch tackle in the fourteenth minute.

Potts then proceeded to take the lead for Gary Bowyer’s side, capitalising on Luke Conlan’s mistake with a shot into the bottom-left hand corner beating Roche, who did get a touch to the ball.

Ten minutes later captain Danny Pugh came close to doubling the Seasiders’ lead with a powerful shot from outside the box which bounced off the defence and went over the bar.

Similarly to Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie at Rotherham, Morecambe had an impressive finish to the first half with Cole Stockton shooting powerfully just wide of the target from long range and then Jim Bentley’s side earned themselves a penalty on the brink of half time. Lee Molyneux started the move leading up to the penalty, with a cracking ball across the pitch to Tom Barkhuizen, who was brought down in the box by Jim McAlister. Liverpool loanee Jack Dunn had no problem converting the penalty, to score his fourth goal in just three games and put the Shrimps back on level terms at the break.

In the second half, Blackpool came close to taking the lead with the help from Morecambe defender Alex Whitmore in the 51st minute. The Burnley loanee tried to give the ball back to keeper Barry Roche but the ball beat the veteran Shrimp and luckily the ball went over the bar although it looked to be going in.

The chances came and went for the away side with Leicester loanee Michael Cain coming very close for the away side with an excellent free kick that went just wide and substitute Colin Daniel looking as if he would’ve scored had his powerful left-footed shot not been blocked by Alex Whitmore, but it was Morecambe who got the winner through new signing Michael Rose in the 76th minute.

Ex-Blackpool winger Tom Barkhuizen made a good run with the ball along the right-hand side, and it looked as if he would eventually pass the ball to Jack Dunn who was marked in the box, but then Rose came out of nowhere, to the shock of the Blackpool defence, and blasted the ball home to score his first goal since joining the Shrimps.

Alex Kenyon and Cole Stockton came close to putting the game to bed for the home side, both having shots saved by Slocombe to keep the away side in the game.

Blackpool piled on the pressure towards the end of the game, and substitute Mark Cullen should’ve scored as he was in plenty of space but his shot went wide, with the pressure getting to him.

With four minutes added, the Seasiders had one last chance through Mark Yeates but he could only hit the ball over the bar.

Morecambe now have three points, as do Blackpool, and the Shrimps will face Portsmouth next at the Globe Arena, who have drawn their first two games, on Tuesday evening.

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Edwards, Whitmore, Conlan (Ellison 65), Barkhuizen (Mullin 85), Kenyon, Rose (c), Molyneux, Dunn (Fleming 88), Stockton.

Booked: Wakefield and Rose

Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Turner

Blackpool: Slocombe, Mellor, Robertson, Aldred, Taylor (Daniel 46), Potts, McAlister, Pugh, Osayi-Samuel (Cullen 72), Cain (Yeates 77), Vassell.

Booked: Robertson and Taylor

Subs not used: Aimson, Letheren, Herron, Nolan

Attendance: 3,676


Shrimps Surpass Rotherham With Magnificient Victory

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EFL Cup 1st Round

Rotherham United 4-5 Morecambe (After Extra Time)

Halford 59 pen                  Stockton 6
Yates 81,120                      Dunn 68, 90+2, 118
Forde 83                             Ellison 113

Morecambe were victorious against Championship side Rotherham United in an entertaining EFL Cup tie that included nine goals last night at the New York Stadium.

Liverpool loanee Jack Dunn stole the headlines after coming off the bench and scoring an impressive hat-trick, whilst Cole Stockton and Kevin Ellison were also in the goals column for the Shrimps along with Greg Halford, Jerry Yates and Anthony Forde for the hosts.

Jim Bentley’s side started the game brightly, and came close to taking the lead five minutes into the game when Alex Kenyon latched on the end of Michael Rose’s corner but his colleague Cole Stockton stopped the ball in its tracks, getting in the way of the ball unintentionally.

Stockton made up for it, just a minute later as he took the lead for the League 2 side. Tom Barkhuizen blocked Greg Halford’s clearance and the ball made its way to the unmarked Tranmere loanee, who buried the ball in the bottom right-hand corner past Lewis Price to put the underdogs in front.

From then onwards, the game was looking very end-to-end but it was the home side that looked the more likely to score. Winger Jon Taylor had a shot blocked by Kenyon in the twelfth minute and he also hit the crossbar for the Millers in the 14th minute.

Rotherham had much of the possession in the first half, but the Shrimps defended well and had a couple of chances to double their lead just before the break. Following Celtic loanee Scott Allan tackling one of his own players, the Shrimps tried to capitalise on the home side’s mistake and Lee Molyneux found himself with the ball in the box but he wasn’t able to shoot as he was tackled quickly. Tom Barkhuizen looked threatening on the right-hand side for the Shrimps and he had two very similar chances in the 44th minute, cutting in to the box and blasting the ball at Price but the former Crystal Palace keeper saved with his legs both times. Morecambe went in leading at the break.

Seven minutes into the second half, Barkhuizen looked threatening again using his pace to beat the full back and he had another shot at Price but the keeper saved and then Cole Stockton was unable to slot home, instead shooting over the crossbar.

Rotherham went onto push for an equaliser, and they earnt themselves a penalty when captain Greg Halford was brought down in the box by Ryan Edwards. Halford took the resultant penalty, and buried it coolly into the left hand corner, with Roche diving the other way, to put Alan Stubbs’ side back on level terms.

The stalemate only lasted ten minutes however as Lee Molyneux made a threatening run along the left hand side, and his through ball went through the legs of Greg Halford to substitute Jack Dunn who blasted it into the top corner in the 68th minute to put the Shrimps in front again with just his second touch since coming on.

Rotherham were immediately searching for another equaliser, and striker Jerry Yates came close and finding himself in space but his shot went wide in the 72nd minute.

Morecambe had a number of chances to put the game to bed with Jack Dunn almost getting his second of the evening with a powerful left-footed shot in the 75th minute that was well saved by Lewis Price to his left, and then Lee Molyneux hitting a powerful free kick that hit the back post in the 80th minute.

Just two minutes later however, Rotherham were back in the game as Jon Taylor found an unmarked Jerry Yates who blasted the ball past Roche to make it 2-2.

Morecambe looked to have given the game away quickly after, as Anthony Forde made a cracking run and put the ball in the top corner in the 83rd minute to put the Millers in front for the first time of the evening.

With time quickly running out, Tom Barkhuizen came close to making it 3-3 with a left-footed effort that was saved by Lewis Price.

The fourth official then indicated that there would be five minutes of injury time, and Morecambe got themselves a lifeline in the second minute of added time as Jack Dunn was brought down in the box by Richard Wood. Dunn stepped up to take the penalty and he placed it down the middle, with Price diving to the right, sending the game to extra time with the score at 3-3.

In the first half of extra time, Rotherham came close with Danny Ward shooting wide and Anthony Forde having a shot blocked well by Shrimps defender Whitmore.

However in the second half of extra time Morecambe had the better of the chances with Molyneux shooting just wide in the 111th minute. Just moments later, Jim Bentley’s side went in front for the third time of the evening through veteran forward Kevin Ellison. Michael Rose put a long ball in from a free kick near the halfway line, which Jack Dunn managed to get hold of and his shot came off the keeper and former Rotherham man Ellison was able to score the rebound with the score now at 4-3 to Morecambe.

Five minutes later, Morecambe extended their lead through the very effective Jack Dunn. Michael Rose started the move with an excellent ball down the line to Ellison, who flicked the ball past Thorpe and then played the ball to Jack Dunn who striked the ball bast Price to get his first hat-trick in professional football.

The action wasn’t over there though, as the home side got a fourth through Jerry Yates leading to a tense last two minutes as the Millers looked to get a fifth in order to send the game to penalties. Morecambe defended well though, and were awarded with their first EFL Cup victory in three years in what has been dubbed as the ‘game of the round’.

The Shrimps face Blackpool in their next game, which is at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Rotherham United: Price, Thorpe, Halford (c), Wilson (Wood 46), Warren, Vaulks, Allan (Forde 76), Smallwood, Forster-Caskey (Ward 63), Yates, Taylor.

Booked: Wood

Subs not used: Camp, Kelley, Bailey-King, Muskwe

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Whitmore, Edwards, Conlan, Barkhuizen, Kenyon (Fleming 87), Rose (c), Molyneux, Mullin (Dunn 63), Stockton (Ellison 88).

Booked: Edwards, Wakefield.

Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan

Attendance: 3,793 (118 away)