Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 1-2 Leyton Orient
Ellison 49 Kelly 27 Bowery 55
Morecambe suffered their first league defeat since the opening day of the season on a soggy afternoon at the Globe Arena.
Record signing Liam Kelly scored his third goal of the season with a powerful strike in the 27th minute for the away side, before Morecambe’s Kevin Ellison equalised in similar fashion four minutes into the second half and then ex Rotherham striker Jordan Bowery got the winner five minutes later with a goal that had a massive deflection.
The game began quite scrappy and end to end with little chances. Both sides had some promising play however, and in-form striker Cole Stockton had the first real chance of the game nine minutes in when he managed to take the ball into space and his shot across the goal went just wide of the target.
Ten minutes later, the Tranmere loanee was involved in the action once again. This time he put a cracking ball through to Kevin Ellison, whose shot was saved by Cisak from close range.
Morecambe controlled the game for most of the first half, however Leyton Orient had their first real chance of the game in the 26th minute with Jordan Bowery’s shot that deflected off the home defence and almost crept into the goal, with it being clear that Roche wasn’t going to get to it.
Just moments later, the away side took the lead through Liam Kelly. The Shrimps gave the ball away and the midfielder, who joined Orient for £200,000 from Oldham in the summer, proved his worth with a cracking strike from 25 yards out reaching the top right-hand corner in a goal that most would argue was against the run of play.
Following the goal, the game was very end to end and scrappy again with little chances. Jim Bentley’s side had one chance shortly before half time, with Jack Dunn finding himself in the box and having a shot blocked in the 42nd minute. Despite Morecambe being rather more dominant, Leyton Orient took the little chances they had in the first half and that’s why they went in leading at half time.
Two minutes into the second half Robbie Weir came close for the away side with a shot that was deflected, but in the 49th minute Jim Bentley’s side were back in the game.
Kevin Ellison scored his fourth goal of the season for the Shrimps, in very similar fashion to that of Kelly’s goal in the first half. Orient lost the ball and Ellison struck the ball from almost exactly the same position and it beat Cisak to his right.
It looked like the East London side were eager to regain their lead though, as just three minutes later Jordan Bowery found himself one on one with Roche only for the Morecambe keeper to deny him with a great save to his left.
Just moments later the striker had another chance, and this time he was successful in his quest to regain the lead. The home defence failed to clear their lines, and Bowery took a shot that had a big deflection off the keeper before going in.
Paul McCallum almost extended Orient’s lead five minutes later, with a shot that would’ve gone in had it not been for Edwards’ last ditch block.
In the 63rd minute captain Michael Rose had Morecambe’s first chance since Ellison’s goal, but he could only hit the ball over the bar.
Five minutes later, top scorer Gavin Massey came very close for the away side. The winger, who signed from Colchester in the summer, fired in from the left-hand side but his shot was parried by Roche and McCallum’s rebound went over the bar.
Veteran shot-stopper Barry Roche, who has been in great form recently, continued to keep Morecambe in the game by stopping Jordan Bowery’s shot with his legs in the 72nd minute and also preventing Yvan Erichot’s promising header from a corner from going in in the 76th minute.
Morecambe piled on the pressure in the final ten minutes of the game, but many decisions didn’t go in their favour which didn’t help them. Their final chance came when Paul Mullin’s shot deflected off the defence and going out for a corner in the 89th minute.
The result of the game, which was a game of many deflections, means that Morecambe now drop off top spot to second place whilst Orient move up to seventh. Up next for the Shrimps is Doncaster Rovers on the 10th September at the Globe Arena.
Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Whitmore, Edwards, McGowan, Ellison, Fleming (Kenyon 64), Rose (c), Barkhuizen, Dunn (Turner 64), Stockton (Mullin 86).
Booked: Rose and Ellison
Subs not used: Nizic, Jennings, Massanka, Molyneux
Leyton Orient: Cisak, Hunt, Erichot, Parkes, Kennedy, Cornick, Weir, Kelly, Massey, Bowery, McCallum.
Subs not used: Palmer, N’Nomo, Semedo, Sargeant, Pollock, Koroma, Judd,