Carabao Cup Second Round
Burton Albion 4-0 Morecambe
Liam Boyce scored a hat-trick for Burton Albion on Tuesday night as his side thumped Morecambe 4-0 in the Carabao Cup 2nd Round.
Ryan Edwards scored the other goal to separate the two sides early in the second half.
Morecambe came firing out of the blocks quickly as Lewis Alessandra was one-on-one with former Shrimps loanee Kieran O’Hara but it was saved by the legs of the young ‘keeper in the second minute.
Four minutes later, Burton’s Stephen Quinn had a shot blocked by the visitors’ defence on its way out.
Chances were few and far between after that until the Brewers took the lead in the 34th minute through Boyce, who headed home at the far post on the end of a corner.
Two minutes later, Boyce almost had his second goal of the night but his one-on-one effort was saved by Morecambe’s Mark Halstead.
In the second minute of added time, Boyce doubled his goal tally of the night when he slid the ball home from close range following Oliver Sarkic’s cross into the box.
Nigel Clough’s side started the second half well and came close in the 49th minute when Lucas Akins’ close range header was kept out by Halstead.
Burton got their third of the night two minutes later when Edwards beat his man on the right and fired the ball into the bottom left corner.
In the 63rd minute, Morecambe had a rare chance when Kevin Ellison headed just wide on the end of Alessandra’s cross.
Five minutes later, Alessandra made a good run on the right and his shot was saved by the legs of O’Hara.
Boyce humiliated the Shrimps even further in the 74th minute when he volleyed home after a poorly defended corner to get his hat-trick.
Chances were few and far between after that and Jim Bentley’s side avoided any further humiliation.
Burton Albion: O’Hara, Brayford (capt) (Sbarra 77), O’Toole (Nartey 75), Wallace, Daniel, Edwards, Quinn, Fraser, Akins, Boyce (Templeton 82), Sarkic.
Subs not used: Bywater, Hutchinson, Anderson and Buxton.
Morecambe: Halstead, Tanner, Sutton, Old, Conlan, Wildig (capt) (Jagne 85), Brewitt, Oates, Alessandra (Leitch-Smith 77), Ellison, Stockton (Miller 70).
Subs not used: Roche, Tutte, O’Sullivan and Cranston.