Sky Bet League 2
Carlisle United 1-1 Morecambe
Wyke 74 Wildig 7
Carlisle and Morecambe shared out the points in an entertaining clash at Brunton Park this afternoon. Aaron Wildig took the lead for the Shrimps with an impressive volley early on, whilst Charlie Wyke equalised for the home side midway through the second half. The Shrimps managed to hold on for a draw with ten men, defending well to bring a point back to the Lancashire coast.
Jim Bentley’s side made a great start to the game, and they found themselves in front just seven minutes in. The Shrimps showed great tenacity in their counter-attack following a free kick, with Molyneux playing a great through ball to Ellison who took on the full back on the left-hand side and put in a great ball to Aaron Wildig who was able to volley home into the bottom left corner to cap off a great team move and score his first goal of the season.
Morecambe looked to have doubled their lead just six minutes later when Peter Murphy slotted the ball home following a good ball from the right-hand side but he was adjudged to be offside by the linesman.
The Shrimps continued their dominance in the early moments of the game, coming close from two free kicks. In the sixteenth minute Lee Molyneux’s attempt went just over the bar and then three minutes later Michael Rose hit the post from his powerful free kick.
Carlisle’s first chance of the game came in the 25th minute, and Barry Roche showed some great reflexes to keep the ball out. Jason Kennedy’s header from a good ball was pushed away by the Morecambe keeper before Charlie Wyke’s follow up shot was pushed onto the crossbar by the Irishman.
The home side looked more likely to score in the latter stages of the half. Jason Kennedy had a shot blocked by Ryan Edwards in the 39th minute, before Lambe’s shot went wide moments later. Their best chance to score towards the end of the half came when debutant Gary Liddle had a shot blocked by Kenyon and it went out for a corner in the 41st minute. The Shrimps led 1-0 at the interval.
Carlisle changed their shape at half time bringing on Shaun Miller and Michael Raynes, switching to a 3-5-2 formation.
Nine minutes into the second half, Charlie Wyke’s shot went just over the bar for the home side.
Jim Bentley’s side came closer to scoring shortly afterwards- with Peter Murphy shooting just over after some good work from Paul Mullin before Wildig forced Gillespie into a great save diving to his right.
Former Morecambe player Jamie Devitt had a shot going just wide following his free kick, which hit the wall in the 69th minute.
The game’s turning point came five minutes later when Morecambe were reduced to ten men. Dean Winnard was sent off for a second bookable offence after a poor challenge on Shaun Miller.
Carlisle equalised immediately after the sending off with Charlie Wyke heading home from the free kick.
The equaliser brought momentum amongst the home support, as their side piled the pressure on the Shrimps.
Morecambe did have a shout for a penalty though. It came in the 79th minute when Aaron McGowan got past the full back and he looked to have been brought down in the box, but the referee didn’t agree.
Michael Rose did come close for Bentley’s side as well in the 84th minute with a great run but his shot could only go over the bar.
Carlisle were desperate for a winner and had a series of chances in the final ten minutes of the game (including five minutes of stoppage time). Morecambe keeper Barry Roche showed great reflexes yet again to keep the Shrimps in the game. Charlie Wyke’s header was saved and the veteran managed to stop the rebound from Asamoah despite still being on the floor in the 87th minute.
Nicky Adams’ corner hit the crossbar in the 88th minute, and then Charlie Wyke’s shot went just wide at the far post in the first minute of added time.
Morecambe defended brilliantly, and luckily their hard work was rewarded despite Asamoah’s last minute shot which went just wide of the goal.
Both sides remain in the respective positions of 3rd and 17th in League 2. Up next for Carlisle United is Accrington Stanley away from home, whilst the Shrimps are away to Leyton Orient.
Carlisle United: Gillespie 7, McQueen 6 (S Miller 45), T Miller 6 (Raynes 45), Liddle 7, Gillesphey 6, Lambe 7 (Asamoah 79), Kennedy 6, Joyce 7, Adams 7, Devitt 7, Wyke 7.
Sub ratings: S Miller 7, Raynes 7, Asamoah 7
Subs not used: Ellis, McKee, Crocombe (GK), Salkeld.
Morecambe: Roche 9, McGowan 9, Winnard 8, Edwards 8, Kenyon 8, Molyneux 8 (Wakefield 90+1), Rose 8, Murphy 7, Ellison 7, Wildig 8 (Conlan 79), Mullin 7 (Turner 59).
Sub ratings: Turner 6, Conlan n/a, Wakefield n/a
Booked: Winnard, Edwards, Kenyon, Murphy
Sent off: Winnard.
Subs not used: Nizic and Jordan
Attendance: 5,524 (410 away)