Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 4-1 Notts County
Molyneux 2 Forte 80
Rose 31 pen
Morecambe won very convincingly in tricky conditions against a struggling Notts County side at the Globe Arena today. Lee Molyneux took the lead early on for the Shrimps and he was backed up with goals from Paul Mullin, Michael Rose and Kevin Ellison. Jonathan Forte scored a consolation for the away side.
Notts County started the game with great attacking intent, but it wasn’t long till Morecambe hit them on the counter-attack. Just two minutes in, Lee Molyneux made a great run on the right-hand side and he took the lead for the Shrimps with a long-range effort that curled into the bottom-left corner.
Just moments later, the away side looked to get back into the game but Jonathan Stead’s header went straight into the hands of Roche.
Kevin Ellison prompted calls for a penalty in the 13th minute when his header on the end of a great ball by Molyneux appeared to touch the hand of Matt Tootle on its way out of play- the ref gave a corner.
Richard Duffy’s shot went just wide of the goal for the away side in the 25th minute, and then just two minutes later Morecambe doubled their lead. Ellison made a great run on the left hand side and added to this with a great ball in that was pushed away by Loach but it fell straight to Paul Mullin who buried the ball past the former Watford keeper.
The home side were awarded a penalty moments later as Richard Duffy brought down Mullin in the box. Michael Rose stepped up and took his penalty comfortably, smashing the ball into the top-left corner to extend Morecambe’s lead.
Jim Bentley’s side were dealt a blow just before half time, when Andy Fleming was sent off for a two-footed challenge. Notts County looked to capitalise on this straight away, but their shot was blocked by Edwards and it went over. The Shrimps led 3-0 at the break.
Morecambe set up defensively in the second half, playing with nine men behind the ball. Notts County had a number of chances as a result.
Adam Campbell had a shot blocked by Liam Wakefield following a great run cutting in from the left-hand side in the 54th minute.
Fifteen minutes later, Campbell was involved in the action again. His impressive volley from close range forced Roche into an excellent save diving to his right to keep the ball out.
Kevin Ellison had one of Morecambe’s only chances of the half in the 71st minute. The veteran forward found himself in plenty of space but his shot didn’t trouble Loach.
Aaron Collins came very close for Alan Smith’s side eight minutes later, shooting just wide of the goal after a good run cutting in from the left-hand side.
Notts County got a goal back just moments later. The ball was laid off to substitute Jonathan Forte in the box, and the former Oldham winger beat Roche comfortably with a good finish.
It was a tense end to the game, with the Magpies piling on the pressure. The closest they came to getting a second was through Jon Stead in the 89th minute. His shot from close range prompted an outstanding save by Barry Roche to his left-keeping Morecambe’s two-goal lead intact.
In the first minute of added time, the home side got the winning goal in a memorable fashion. Young debutant Luke Jordan, who came off the bench, made a cracking run forward beating the Notts County full back for pace and his shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Scott Loach before Ellison smashed the ball home. It was memorable because the youngest Shrimps player assisted the oldest player to win the game.
Jim Bentley’s side move up to 17th in the table whilst Notts County remain in 22nd. The Shrimps face Carlisle United away from home next Saturday whilst Notts County are up against Mansfield Town at home.
Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Winnard(c), Edwards, Conlan (Murphy 87), Rose, Fleming, Molyneux, Wildig (Kenyon 69), Ellison, Mullin (Jordan 77).
Booked: Wakefield and Molyneux
Sent off: Fleming
Sub not used: Nizic (GK)
Notts County: Loach, Tootle (Aborah 45), Hewitt, Duffy, Dickinson, Osborne (Forte 66), Thompson (Collins 76), O’Connor(c), Milsom, Campbell, Stead.
Booked: Hewitt and O’Connor.
Subs not used: Collin, Hollis, Richards, Audel.