FA Cup 1st Round
Morecambe 1-1 Coventry City
Winnard 59 Sterry 72
Morecambe battled out an entertaining draw against League 1’s Coventry City in the first round of the FA Cup today. Dean Winnard took the lead for the Shrimps, slotting home at the far post from a corner whilst Jamie Sterry equalised for the away side thirteen minutes later.
The Shrimps had a very good start to the tie, with full back Aaron McGowan having a go from long range five minutes in-his accurate shot saved by Lee Burge to his right.
Two minutes later, Jim Bentley’s side came very close with Dean Winnard hitting the crossbar off the end of an excellent corner.
Morecambe continued to have promising chances throughout the first half, with Aaron Wildig shooting just over the bar in the 19th minute.
The only chance that the away side could come up with in the first half came through Kyel Reid, whose shot from long range went over the bar in the 35th minute.
Jim Bentley’s side came close to taking the lead on two occasions just before half time. In the 39th minute, Michael Rose’s powerful effort would’ve beaten Burge had it not been for Ruben Lameiras’ deflection taking it over the bar, and then moments later Tom Barkhuizen made a cracking run on the right-hand side with an equally impressive cross which met Aaron Wildig, whose close range effort was cleared off the line. Surprisingly it was goalless at half time.
Having made one change at half time, Coventry started the second half much stronger and looked likely to take the lead. Marvin Sordell had a shot which deflected off Whitmore before going wide six minutes in, and then there was a goal-line scramble- with the Shrimps clearing their lines eventually. Moments later however, the former England under-21 international was on the attack again- hitting the crossbar before substitute Jack McBean, who is on loan from LA Galaxy, shot wide on the rebound.
In the 58th minute, Morecambe were back on the attack and Aaron Wildig found himself in a good position and his shot was saved before Stockton’s rebound went wide.
Just moments later, the home side had a corner and the ball was flicked on by Cole Stockton towards Dean Winnard, who slot home at the far post for his first ever Morecambe goal.
Coventry were back on the attack five minutes later in response, and Andre Wright’s shot was saved by the legs of Barry Roche.
Paul Mullin came on as a substitute for the home side, and he made an instant impact on the game- battling for the ball with the keeper before being brought down- and some would argue that the keeper should’ve been sent off but the referee didn’t give anything.
Four minutes later, Coventry were back into the game. Jamie Sterry made a good run on the left-hand side and he cut inside to bury the ball in the bottom-right hand corner with the help of the post to put the Sky Blues back on level terms.
In the last ten minutes of the game, it was Morecambe who looked more likely to score- battling until the very end. Paul Mullin had a very ambitious attempt on goal in the 83rd minute with a shot from around forty yards out, going just wide of the goal.
Cole Stockton found himself through on goal in the 87th minute, thanks to an impressive ball by Michael Rose, but the keeper beat him to it.
Morecambe had a series of corners in the dying moments of the game, but they came to nothing and Coventry came very close to getting a winner. In the third minute of added time, they played some really good attacking play with Ryan Stevenson literally walking through the defence but fortunately James Jennings made a match saving block to secure the Shrimps an impressive draw- which was the least they deserved.
Up next for the Shrimps is more League 1 opposition in Bradford City on Wednesday, who they face in a decisive final group game in the Checkatrade Trophy before they travel to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday in the League.
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Winnard, Whitmore, Jennings, Murphy (c), Rose, Molyneux (Dunn 76), Wildig (Mullin 67), Barkhuizen, Stockton.
Booked: Whitmore and Murphy
Subs not used: Wakefield, Nizic, Conlan, Fleming, Turner
Coventry City: Burge, Kelly-Evans, Willis, Turnbull, Sterry, Rose, Stevenson, Sordell, Lameiras, Reid (McBean 46), Wright (Maycock 78).
Booked: Sterry and Lameiras
Subs not used: Jones, Ricketts, Tudgay, Charles-Cook, Harries