Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 2-0 Cambridge United
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
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