Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group A
Carlisle United 3-2 Morecambe
Glendon 13 Oliver 6
Gillesphey 38 Piggott 24
Carlisle United edged a five-goal thriller with a 3-2 win over Morecambe last night in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Vadaine Oliver and Joe Piggott put the visitors in front in the first half, but their goals were cancelled out by equalisers from George Glendon and Macaulay Gillesphey.
Jerry Yates got the winner for the hosts midway through the second half.
Morecambe made eight changes to the side that lost 3-2 at Bury while the Cumbrians only made three changes.
Both sides made a good start to the game. Carlisle had the first chance four minutes in, when Richie Bennett’s effort on the end of an impressive cross on the left went just over.
Morecambe took the lead however just two minutes later through Oliver. After Piggott and Kevin Ellison had shots blocked, Oliver beat keeper Adam Collin to the ball and headed over him to take the lead.
It only took the hosts seven minutes to equalise as Glendon’s powerful strike reached the top-right corner and beat Mark Halstead.
The Shrimps regained the lead in the 24th minute when Oliver put in a pinpoint ball towards Piggott and he tapped in from close range to beat the keeper.
Carlisle shortly equalised through Gillesphey in the 36th minute. Morecambe failed to get stuck in and this allowed the left-back to come forward and strike a powerful effort into the bottom-right corner.
The Cumbrians almost took the lead just before half time when Jamie Devitt’s effort was saved by the legs of Barry Roche before he was forced to make another block just moments later.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, Roche had to be on hand again following poor defending. Sam Lavelle had the ball in dodgy territory in the box, and he gifted it to Ashley Nadessan but the keeper tackled him before he could even take a shot.
One of Morecambe’s only second half chances came when Carlos Mendes Gomes made a cracking run on the right but his shot from long distance went just wide of the mark.
Carlisle got the lead in the 76th minute when Jerry Yates ran with the ball on the left flank unchallenged and fired the ball past Roche from long range.
Morecambe substitute Jason Oswell came close on two occasions with his 87th minute shot being parried wide and then three minutes later he had a close range header tipped over by the keeper.
Keeper Roche came up for a corner in the last minute but unfortunately for him his efforts went to no avail so the Shrimps now sit bottom of Group A.
Carlisle United: Collin, Miller, Liddle (c), Parkes, Gillesphey, Yates, Devitt, Glendon, Slater, Nadessan (McCarron 83), Bennett.
Subs not used: Gerrard, O’Reilly, Etuhu, Adewusi, Egan.
Morecambe: Halstead (Roche 19), Sinclair, Yarney, Lavelle, Cranston, Gomes, Jagne (Wildig 62), Fleming, Ellison (c), Oliver (Oswell 69), Piggott.
Subs not used: Mills, Old, Oates, Hedley.
Attendance: 1,213 (117 away)