Early goal secures victory for Shrimps

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-0 Grimsby Town

Molyneux 2

A goal from Lee Molyneux secured a victory for Morecambe today, ensuring they move up to 13th in the League 2 table.

Molyneux’s goal came just two minutes in, with the Shrimps catching Grimsby off-guard from a corner. Rose decided to go short with the corner, and Molyneux hit the ball first time into the bottom-right corner in what was a stunning strike.

Six minutes later, the away side came close to scoring an equaliser when Gavin Gunning met a brilliant cross from the right, but his header went straight into the hands of Roche.

Grimsby had much of possession in the first half, but they didn’t really have many chances as they weren’t brilliant in the final third. Most of their long balls didn’t tend to cause any problems for the Morecambe defence.

The home side could’ve in fact doubled their lead in the 35th minute, through Andy Fleming. Rose put in a good corner, and Fleming had his shot cleared off the line.

Jamey Osbourne came close for the visitors just before the interval, slicing through the defence only for his 41st minute shot to go wide. At the other end, the Shrimps had some promising play with Whitmore, Evans and Edwards having attempts quick in succession two minutes later- but Grimsby managed to prevent them from doubling their lead. Bentley’s side led 1-0 at the break.

In the second half, Morecambe upped their game and could’ve been 2-0 up just four minutes in. Fleming played a good ball to Mullin on the right, and he beat the keeper with a shot buried in the left-hand corner but it was adjudged to be offside by the linesman.

In-form Mullin was involved in the action again ten minutes later, this time forcing McKeown into a fantastic save to his right to stop the ball from reaching the top corner.

Mullin had arguably his best chance of the game in the 64th minute, when Evans worked well in the box and put in a good ball to the striker- who headed onto the crossbar.

Chris Clements had a shot blocked by Ryan Edwards two minutes later for the away side, and then in the 78th minute Zak Mills’ shot went straight at Barry Roche.

Paul Mullin worked his socks off for the home side, and he found himself through in the 78th minute, getting past the Grimsby keeper- but McKeown showed his versatility by tracking back and pushing the ball out for a corner.

The corner came to nothing, and in the 88th minute Grimsby came ever so close through Danny Andrew- whose shot went just over the bar.

Morecambe looked to have put the game to bed in the first minute of stoppage time. Rhys Turner utilised his pace and exceptional control with the ball, with his long-range shot hitting the post, and Kevin Ellison was there to slot home the rebound- but it was ruled offside by the linesman.

Therefore, the game finished 1-0 thanks to Molyneux’s early strike. The result means that the Shrimps move up to 13th with five points separating them from the play-off places. They face a tough challenge against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Tuesday night, whilst Grimsby move down to 14th and face Colchester United at Blundell Park the same day.

Morecambe: Roche 7, Edwards 8, Whitmore 8, Wakefield 8, McGowan 8, Fleming 8, Rose 9 (c), Molyneux 8, Evans 7 (Wildig 70), Ellison 7, Mullin 9 (Turner 85).

Sub ratings: Wildig 8, Turner 8

Subs not used: Nizic, Hedley, Conlan, Jordan, Duckworth.

Grimsby Town: McKeown 7, Mills 6, Pearson 7, Collins 7, Andrew 6, Gunning 7 (Davies 80), Bolarinwa 6 (Yussuf 83), Clements 7, Osborne 6 (Asante 64), Jones 6, Dyson 7.

Booked: Gunning

Sub ratings: Asante 6, Davies 6, Yussuf 5.

Subs not used: Disley, Boyce, Comley, Maxwell.

Attendance: 1,824




Lincoln cause shock with last minute win over Burnley

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FA Cup 5th Round

Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City

Raggett 89

National League side Lincoln City caused a major shock today by defeating Burnley in the FA Cup 5th Round. Sean Raggett was the hero for the Imps, heading home at the far post from a corner in the 89th minute to book their place in the Quarter Finals.

Lincoln started the game well- Nathan Arnold cut in the box from the right and put a good ball through to Muldoon who hit the ball over the bar five minutes in.

A lot of the first half was played in midfield however, and chances were often few and far between. Burnley’s first chance of the game came in the 22nd minute when Michael Keane headed wide from Arfield’s corner.

Five minutes later, Andre Gray looked to be through after a good ball from Joey Barton- but the striker could only hit the ball straight at Farman in the Lincoln goal.

Joey Barton had a good long range effort in the 39th minute from around thirty yards out, after the Lincoln defence failed to clear their lines, but again it didn’t really test Paul Farman.

Burnley came close again in added time, but Arfield could only hit the ball over the bar. It was goalless at half time, and it was clear that Lincoln had frustrated the home side.

Seven minutes into the second half, Burnley had their best chance of the game yet after a brilliant ball from Barton, but Gray could only hit the ball well wide of the mark.

Lincoln came reasonably close in the 68th minute, after a good ball into the box but Matt Rhead couldn’t quite connect with the cross.

Two minutes later, the away side had a penalty shout as Southwell went down in the box but it was ruled out. However, there was then an incident off the ball involving Joey Barton pushing a player to the ground. The midfielder was booked for an incident that some would argue should’ve been a sending off.

Ten minutes later, Burnley came very close to taking the lead as Lincoln began to tire. Darikwa worked really well on the right-hand side and he put in a good ball to Gray who didn’t capitalise on a big chance- miss-hitting the ball. The keeper did really well to keep out Westwood’s shot in the end however as the defence failed to clear the danger.

Bradley Wood put in a brilliant last ditch tackle to stop Boyd from going through and potentially taking the lead for Sean Dyche’s side in the 82nd minute, and three minutes later Gray looked threatening with a promising run but he gave the ball to Arfield- who could only hit the ball over the bar.

Whilst Burnley looked more likely to score- especially in the final ten minutes of the game- the opposite happened. Burnley failed to pick up Lincoln captain Luke Waterfall from the corner despite having all men back, meaning that the defender was able to head the ball across to Sean Raggett at the far post who headed in to take the lead for the underdogs and send the away fans into pandemonium.

The referee indicated that there would be five minutes of added time, and Burnley threw all men forward to try and get an equaliser whilst the visitors brought on an extra defender in Jamie McCombe.

Burnley keeper Tom Heaton came up for a corner in added time but it didn’t really come to anything, and the only real chance the hosts had in added time came when Gray had a shot blocked by keeper Paul Farman.

As a result of Lincoln’s victory they created history- becoming the first non-league side in 103 years to make the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup. This game will be remembered by Lincoln fans for a long time, whilst Burnley fans will want to forget about this as soon as possible..

Burnley: Heaton 7, Darikwa 8, Keane 7, Tarkowski 7, Flanagan 6, Gudmundsson n/a (Boyd 20), Westwood 6, Barton 7, Arfield 7, Gray 5, Vokes 5 (Barnes 73).

Sub ratings: Boyd 6, Barnes 6

Booked: Barton and Barnes

Subs not used: Robinson (GK), Lowton, Mee, Ward, Agyei.

Lincoln City: Farman 8, Wood 8, Waterfall 7, Raggett 7, Habergham 6, Arnold 9, Woodyard 8, Power 7, Hawkridge 7 (Ward 81), Muldoon 8 (Southwell 64), Rhead 8 (McCombe 90+1).

Sub ratings: Southwell 8, Ward n/a, McCombe n/a

Booked: Wood and Power

Subs not used: Marriott, Long, Walton, McMenemy.

Attendance: 19,185





Shrimps continue unbeaten run with comfortable victory

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 2-0 Cambridge United

Ellison 50,55

Morecambe remain unbeaten in 2017 as they extended their run to six games, with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Cambridge United today thanks to a Kevin Ellison brace.

The Shrimps started the game brilliantly, and were almost in front just 22 seconds in. Fleetwood loanee Michael Duckworth linked up well with Kevin Ellison, and Ellison’s shot went just wide of the mark.

Eight minutes later, it looked like Morecambe had taken the lead but it was disallowed. Peter Murphy looked to have got something on the end of Rose’s corner, but it happened to be his hand- meaning that the Shrimps have now had goals disallowed in three of their last four games (all involving Peter Murphy).

Murphy looked to make amends three minutes later, making a great run with the ball on the right-hand side and his through ball was cleared and went out for a corner- which came to nothing.

Paul Mullin then found himself clean through on goal in the 16th minute but keeper Will Norris pulled off an impressive save, pushing the ball onto the post on its way out.

Cambridge United’s first real chance came two minutes later when Piero Mingoia had a long range shot parried away by Roche, and the defence cleared their lines quick enough to prevent the away side scoring the rebound.

Kevin Ellison was next to find himself through on goal for the Shrimps, and the veteran forward was prevented from scoring thanks to a crunching tackle from Roberts in the 20th minute.

Jake Carroll produced Cambridge’s best chance of the half when he headed onto the post in the 26th minute.

At the other end, Mullin forced Norris into another good save in the 29th minute and ten minutes later Whitmore got his head on the end of a good corner only for it to meet Kenyon who headed over the bar. It was goalless at the break.

Two minutes into the second half, substitute Harrison Dunk headed over for the visitors and then by the 50th minute Morecambe were in front. Duckworth put in an impressive volley on the end of Molyneux’s cross, and the keeper made a good reflex save but it fell to Ellison who headed home from close range.

Molyneux had a shot saved by Norris in the 53rd minute, but two minutes later Ellison found himself in the right place at the right time yet again. Paul Mullin cut in from the right, and his left-footed shot was parried by Norris only for Ellison to slot home at the far post to double the Shrimps’ lead.

Wildig found himself in space for the home side in the 62nd minute, and his powerful shot forced yet another impressive save from Norris.

Norris was easily Cambridge United’s best player throughout, and he pulled off another good save in the 67th minute from Molyneux’s shot following an impressive run from the winger.

Chances were few and far between following Molyneux’s chance, and the final chance of the game came from substitute Rhys Turner- whose shot was punched wide by Norris in the 89th minute.

Morecambe move to 15th as a result of today’s win, whilst Cambridge now sit just above the Shrimps in 14th place. The Shrimps are at home to Barnet on Tuesday whilst the U’s face Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

Morecambe: Roche 7, Whitmore 7, Edwards 8, Kenyon 7, Duckworth 9, Murphy 7, Rose 8, Molyneux 8, Wildig 8 (Evans 87), Ellison 8 (Jordan 90+5), Mullin 8 (Turner 76).

Sub ratings: Turner 7, Evans 7, Jordan n/a

Booked: Murphy

Subs not used: Nizic, Wakefield, McGowan, Conlan.

Cambridge United: Norris 9, Wharton 6 (Dunk 45), Roberts 7, Legge 6, Carroll 6, Dunne 6, Newton 6 (Williamson 57), O’Neil 6, Mingoia 7, Berry 7, Ikpeazu 5 (Corr 57).

Sub ratings: Dunk 7, Williamson 6, Corr 6.

Booked: Mingoia and Berry

Subs not used: Gregory, Maris, Clark, Lewis

Attendance: 2,162



Shrimps hold league leaders to a draw in exciting encounter

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Sky Bet League 2

Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Morecambe

Marquis 56                   Murphy 24

Morecambe held League 2 leaders Doncaster Rovers to a draw in a very entertaining game at the Keepmoat Stadium yesterday. Peter Murphy took the lead for the Shrimps 24 minutes in, whilst John Marquis equalised for the hosts ten minutes into the second half and the visitors defended excellently to prevent the home side winning the game.

Both sides started the game well, but it was Doncaster who looked more likely to take the lead. John Marquis’ effort from close range went just over the bar eight minutes in, whilst moments later the home side had a great team move only for Tommy Rowe’s shot to be fired straight at Roche in the Morecambe goal.

Morecambe’s first real chance came in the fourteenth minute, and the ball found itself in the net only for it to be disallowed. Michael Rose’s free kick was goal-bound, but unfortunately the ball touched Peter Murphy on its way in and he was in an offside position.

Three minutes later, the hosts came very close- with Grant’s shot being cleared off the line by Edwards. Keeper Barry Roche charged out to tackle a Doncaster player and the ball fell to Richardson whilst the Shrimps defence did well to help Roche out on his line.

In the 24th minute, Morecambe took the lead. Lee Molyneux’s shot was blocked and Peter Murphy scored with a sublime effort soon after the resultant corner. His effort went into the top left hand corner, and was arguably his best ever Morecambe goal.

Doncaster had the majority of chances in the first half however. John Marquis had two great chances in the space of ten minutes- the first he headed over from close range in the 32nd minute and the second was well saved by Roche and the rebound was blocked by Alex Kenyon in the 43rd minute. The Shrimps led 1-0 at the break.

Darren Ferguson’s side started the second half very well, with veteran midfielder James Coppinger shooting wide two minutes into the half.

Barry Roche pulled off an impressive save after a deflection in the 54th minute to keep the Shrimps in front, but a lapse in concentration from the Morecambe defence meant that Doncaster equalised two minutes later through John Marquis. The 24 year old placed the ball into the bottom corner in a composed fashion on the end of a good ball from the left to get the league leaders back in the game.

Five minutes later, the home side had a strong shout for a penalty when Kevin Ellison appeared to block the ball with his hands, in the box. The referee ruled however that he was protecting himself- appearing as a gut instinct from the veteran.

Liam Mandeville headed over for Ferguson’s side in the 80th minute, and Morecambe’s only significant chance of the second half came when they got a free kick in a threatening position four minutes from the end of normal time. Michael Rose’s free kick hit the wall and Michael Duckworth’s first touch on his debut was an impressive one- a good ball to Turner whose shot was saved by Lawlor with ease.

John Marquis looked to play on another lapse in concentration from the Shrimps defence in the 88th minute, but his early shot went well wide of the goal.

There were six minutes of injury time to be played at the end of the half, and Doncaster continued to pile the pressure on the Shrimps. They failed to get a winner, thanks to a resilient Morecambe defence, and therefore the game finished in a draw.

The result means that Doncaster’s lead at the top of League 2 has been reduced to five points, which isn’t good news as Plymouth sit behind them in second with a game in hand. Ferguson’s side face Newport County away from home next on Friday. Morecambe remain in 17th, with three games in hand, and they play one of those games in hand on Tuesday away to Leyton Orient.

Doncaster Rovers: Lawlor 7, Blair 6, Baudry 8, Butler 8, Mason 8, Rowe 7, Houghton 7 (Middleton 90+2), Cinger 7, Grant 9, Williams 7 (Mandeville 66), Marquis 8.

Sub ratings: Mandeville 7 and Middleton n/a

Booked: Butler and Mason

Subs not used: Etheridge, Alcock, Wright, Keegan, Beestin.

Morecambe: Roche 8, Whitmore 8, Edwards 8, Kenyon 8, McGowan 8 (Duckworth 85), Murphy 8, Rose 9, Molyneux 8, Wildig 8 (Evans 72), Ellison 9, Mullin 7 (Turner 73)

Sub ratings: Evans 6, Turner 7, Duckworth n/a

Booked: Edwards

Subs not used: Nizic, Wakefield, Jordan, Conlan.

Attendance: 6,096