Sky Bet League 2
Blackpool 3-1 Morecambe
Cullen 14 Evans 83
Edwards og 80
Morecambe suffered their first away defeat of 2017 today, losing 3-1 to local rivals Blackpool.
Mark Cullen opened the scoring for the Seasiders, and he was backed up with a goal from Brad Potts early in the second half. A Ryan Edwards own goal put the game to bed for Gary Bowyer’s side in the 80th minute, whilst the Shrimps got one back through Antony Evans in the 83rd minute- but it came too late to mount a successful comeback.
It was a rather scrappy start to the game, with both sides having half chances but there wasn’t really any stand out ones.
Blackpool did however take the lead in the 14th minute, through Mark Cullen. Brad Potts made a good run on the right hand side and put a good ball in towards Cullen, who headed home from close range.
Two minutes later, Potts had a chance of his own- going through on goal but his shot was saved by Roche to his right.
In the 24th minute, Morecambe came close through Michael Duckworth- whose shot was blocked on the end of a corner.
Blackpool had two great chances to double their lead shortly afterwards. Colin Daniel forced Roche into a good save to his left following a good run in the 25th minute, whilst Potts really should’ve scored when he got past Whitmore easily only for his shot across goal to go just wide in the 28th minute.
Morecambe had a good spell of play towards the end of the half, but they didn’t take their chances. Paul Mullin forced Dean Lyness into a good save to his left from close range, before Whitmore had a shot blocked in the 38th minute. From the resultant corner, Edwards came reasonably close- but his attempt went over the bar. Blackpool led 1-0 at half time.
In the second half, the Shrimps started well showing good attacking intent but they didn’t have many chances. In the 54th minute, Fleming provided some promising play going forward but then he was brought down and Blackpool hit the away side on the counter attack. Brad Potts made a great run and he buried the ball in the bottom-left, leaving Roche with no chance, and doubling his side’s lead.
The home side really should’ve made it 3-0 ten minutes later, when Murphy gifted the ball to Flores only for him to shoot straight at Roche despite being one-on-one.
Morecambe started to pile on the pressure, and in the 69th minute Mullin hit the ball just over the bar with a good effort.
The Shrimps’ best chance of the half without scoring came four minutes later when substitute Rhys Turner made a great run on the right-hand side and put in a good ball but Mullin sliced it just wide of the mark.
Blackpool had another promising chance to score in the 79th minute when Armand Gnanduillet came one-on-one with Roche, but he failed to beat the veteran shot-stopper. The Seasiders did get a third moments later however, when Bright Osayi-Samuel did some great work on the left to get past Duckworth and his shot deflected off Edwards on its way in.
Morecambe got a goal back in the 83rd minute through Antony Evans. Substitute Aaron McGowan made a great run on the right, and he provided a good ball to Mullin- whose shot was blocked before substitute Antony Evans smashed home the rebound from close range to score his first goal in professional football.
The away side looked to pile on the pressure towards the end in order to mount a comeback, but they didn’t really test the Blackpool defence. The only time they really tested them towards the death was when Ryan Edwards had a shot straight at the keeper in the second minute of added time. Blackpool took their chances and that is why they won the game at the end of the day.
The result means that the Seasiders move up to 11th in the League 2 table, whilst the Shrimps move down to 15th. Blackpool face Plymouth Argyle away from home next on Tuesday night, whilst the Shrimps are next in action at home to Yeovil in a week’s time.
Blackpool: Lyness 7, Aimson 7, Aldred 8 (c), Robertson 7, Mellor 7, Potts 8, Payne 7 (Black 84), Flores 7 (Osayi-Samuel 67), Daniel 8, Cullen 8 (Gnanduillet 73), Delfouneso 6.
Sub ratings: Black n/a, Osayi-Samuel 8, Gnanduillet 6.
Subs not used: Nolan, Boney, Odelusi, Correia.
Morecambe: Roche 6, Wakefield 6 (Turner 60), Edwards 7, Whitmore 5, Duckworth 5, Fleming 5 (McGowan 74), Murphy 5, Wildig 7 (Evans 79), Molyneux 6, Ellison 5, Mullin 6.
Booked: Roche and Murphy
Sub ratings: Turner 7, McGowan 7, Evans 6
Subs not used: Winnard, Nizic, Conlan, Jordan.
Attendance: 3,453 (786 away)