Shrimps suffer narrow Carlisle loss in five-goal thriller


Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group A

Carlisle United 3-2 Morecambe

Glendon 13             Oliver 6

Gillesphey 38          Piggott 24

Yates 76

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.

Booked: Jagne

Subs not used: Mills, Old, Oates, Hedley.

Attendance: 1,213 (117 away)

Shrimps and Cumbrians share points again in exciting encounter

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-1 Carlisle United

Lang 29              Devitt 14

Morecambe and Carlisle shared the points in an exciting game at the Globe Arena this afternoon.

Former Shrimps’ player Jamie Devitt took the lead from an impressive free kick before Callum Lang put the hosts back on level terms early in the first half.

Jim Bentley made three changes to his side with keeper Barry Roche, Sam Lavelle and Andy Fleming all coming into the starting eleven.

Carlisle, who brought nearly 2,000 fans with them, were looking to continue their play-off push in a big game for them.

The visitors started brightly and came reasonably close six minutes in when James Brown’s long range strike went over the bar.

Just eight minutes later, the Cumbrians had the lead when Devitt’s free kick from the right hit the crossbar on its way in.

Devitt almost had his second from a free kick in the 20th minute but his effort brought a great save to the left from Roche.

Up the other end just seconds later, Morecambe came close when Adam McGurk’s long range effort was saved before Garry Thompson failed to net the rebound.

Roche made another great save in the 23rd minute from Richie Bennett’s close range header on the end of Devitt’s cross.

Morecambe got back into the game six minutes later when Lang headed home on the end of McGurk’s excellent cross from close range.

The hosts started the second half well, and McGurk made a brilliant run beating numerous players in the 54th minute but he couldn’t quite finish in the end – his effort blocked with ease.

Carlisle piled on the pressure in the last ten minutes looking for a winner. Substitute Ashley Nedesan got his foot on the end of Mike Jones’ shot in the 85th minute and it went just wide.

Jones then had another effort moments later but it went wide.

Morecambe came incredibly close in the 89th minute when Lang got through on goal before his shot was blocked by the keeper. Aaron Wildig then followed this up with a header that went over the bar.

The last chance came in the third minute of added time when Carlisle’s Danny Grainger’s shot from the left was parried by Roche.

The result means the Shrimps have now drawn 17 times this season.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Lavelle, Old, Winnard, Conlan, Rose (c), Fleming, Lang (Ellison 90+1), McGurk (Wildig 62), Thompson (Oliver 76).

Booked: Conlan

Subs not used: Nizic, Kenyon, Campbell, Wylde.

Carlisle United: Bonham, Brown (Campbell-Ryce 70), Liddle, Hill, Ellis, Grainger (c), Parkes (Joyce 45), Jones, Devitt, Stockton (Nadesan 59), Bennett.

Booked: Devitt

Subs not used: Gray, O’Sullivan, Lambe, Twardek.

Attendance: 3,319



Shrimps and Cumbrians share points in local derby

Carlisle away

Sky Bet League 2

Carlisle United 1-1 Morecambe

Etuhu 51                  Old 72

Carlisle United and Morecambe shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Brunton Park in League 2 today.

Kelvin Etuhu put Carlisle in front six minutes into the second half, but Steve Old equalised for the Shrimps in the 72nd minute.

Morecambe should’ve really won the game as they got a penalty in the 84th minute but Adam Campbell failed to convert it.

Mid-table Carlisle came into the game off the back of a 3-0 defeat at leaders Luton Town, while the Shrimps were looking to get back to winning ways after a 1-0 defeat at home to Crewe Alexandra ended a good run on Tuesday.

It was a quiet start to the game, and Morecambe had the first chance 15 minutes in when Aaron Wildig cut past the defence but his one-on-one effort was kept out by keeper Jack Bonham.

Carlisle then came close two minutes later when Reggie Lambe’s strike on the edge of the box was parried away by Barry Roche before Richie Bennett’s rebound was ruled out offside.

The Shrimps could’ve taken the lead five minutes from half time when Adam McGurk was through on the right, but his effort hit the side-netting.

Lambe came close for Carlisle on the brink of half-time when he beat the Morecambe defence but he struck the ball over.

The Cumbrians started well in the second half, as Hallam Hope’s long range effort forced Roche into a decent save to the left two minutes in.

Just four minutes later, the hosts were in front as Morecambe failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to Kelvin Etuhu who smashed the ball from 30 yards to beat Roche to the bottom-right.

Chasing the game, the Shrimps came close in the 56th minute when McGurk’s effort went wide following some great build-up play.

Morecambe equalised when Wildig’s ball free kick wasn’t cleared away and defender Old was able to tap in from close range.

The Shrimps had a chance to win the game when they were awarded a penalty in the 84th minute.

Sam Lavelle was brought down by keeper Bonham following a short corner, but Adam Campbell’s powerful strike from the spot hit the crossbar.

Hope almost won it for Carlisle in the fourth minute of added time, but his long-range effort was kept out by Roche.

The result sees Carlisle sit in 14th ahead of their FA Cup trip to Gillingham next week, while Morecambe are 21st ahead of their cup tie at Shrewsbury Town.

Carlisle United: Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, Grainger (c), Lambe (Devitt 78), Joyce, Jones (O’Sullivan 65), Etuhu, Hope, Bennett (S Miller 65).

Booked: Lambe

Subs not used: Miller, Parkes, Cosgrove, George.

Morecambe: Roche, Lund, Old, Lavelle, Brough, Kenyon (c), Fleming, Campbell, Wildig (Lang 88), Ellison (Oliver 90), McGurk (Thompson 70).

Booked: Old

Subs not used: Nizic, Conlan, Muller, Rose.

Attendance: 5,010




All you need to know about Morecambe’s next opponents Carlisle

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Morecambe tomorrow face a side from a neighbouring county that just missed out on promotion last season, in the Checkatrade Trophy at the Globe Arena (7:45pm kick off).

Last season

Carlisle United enjoyed the first half of the 2016/17 season as they sat in the top 3 most of the time. Keith Curle’s side were unbeaten for the first 15 games of the season in the league, and they found themselves in the top three in League 2 for five months. The Cumbrians went into the Christmas month of December in top spot, and promotion was looking likely. Unfortunately for them, it all went to pot in 2017 as they won just six out of 23 games and only booked their place in the play-offs because of wins against Newport County and Exeter City in the last two games of the season. Keith Curle’s side were knocked out by the latter in the play-offs, losing 6-5 on aggregate following two very close Semi Final legs.

Their record in cup competitions last season was good – getting past the first round of every cup competition. They took Derby County to penalties in the League Cup second round losing 14-13, whilst they topped Group D in the Checkatrade Trophy with wins over Oldham Athletic, Blackburn Rovers U23s and Fleetwood Town. They were knocked out by Mansfield Town with a 3-2 loss in the first knockout round of the competition.

Charlie Wyke was the club’s top scorer last season with 18 goals, despite leaving for Bradford City on transfer deadline day in January.

Summer transfer business

Carlisle lost three key players at the end of last season. Keeper Mark Gillespie, striker Jabo Ibehre and defender Michael Raynes all rejected new deals and manager Keith Curle has been forced to replace them. The former England international has brought in eight players including 23-year-old shot-stopper Jack Bonham on loan from Brentford along with forwards Hallam Hope and Richie Bennett from Bury and Barrow respectively. Raynes has been replaced by Tom Parkes who has joined from now National League side Leyton Orient.

Their start to the season

The Blues have had a strong start to the season. To supplement an unbeaten pre-season, the Cumbrian side have won two of their first four league games and currently occupy 11th place in the League 2 standings. They made it to the second round of the Carabao Cup – defeating Fleetwood Town 2-1 after extra time before a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Championship side Sunderland last Tuesday. Former Shrimps forward Shaun Miller is currently the side’s top scorer with three goals in all competitions and they come to the Globe Arena tomorrow in a fairly strong position.

It isn’t all hunky-dory for Keith Curle’s side as last time out they suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank with their only goal of the game coming from Reggie Lambe.

How they’ve fared against Morecambe

In 11 meetings between the two sides in the 21st century, Carlisle have won four, whilst Morecambe have won one and there have been six draws. They’ve faced each other before in the Checkatrade Trophy’s predecessor, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, in 2009 where Carlisle won 4-2 on penalties in the encounter at Christie Park. In the last meeting between the two sides, they shared the points as Charlie Wyke cancelled out Aaron Wildig’s early opener at Brunton Park.

Is another draw on the cards? Let’s find out…


Shrimps Suffer Comprehensive Defeat To Continue Poor Home Form

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-3 Carlisle United
	      Grainger 14
              Kennedy 73,78

A goal from captain Danny Grainger and a second-half brace from veteran midfielder Jason Kennedy earned Carlisle another three points today, meaning that they still haven’t lost in the League this season.

Grainger’s goal came as a result of some poor defending from the home side, whilst Kennedy scored a crafty overhead kick and a header from a corner in the second half of the game.

Morecambe did make a good start to the game however, with Paul Mullin having a shot blocked by the hand of a Carlisle defender. The resultant free kick in the fifth minute was stopped by the wall, but the Shrimps managed to get the ball in the box to Peter Murphy but unfortunately for them he was in an offside position.

Carlisle had their first real chance four minutes later, with Nicky Adams beating McGowan for pace and cutting inside, but his shot was saved and cleared out for a corner, which was ineffective.

In the fifteenth minute, Keith Curle’s side took the lead with their second chance of the game. Barry Roche parried away a shot, and Grainger picked up on the loose ball placing it in the right-hand corner with power, whilst Morecambe’s veteran keeper was vulnerable.

The game was fairly even for the next fifteen minutes, and chances were almost non-existent until Kevin Ellison made a cracking run with the ball, playing a good ball through to Barkhuizen. The impressive move ended with Peter Murphy’s shot, that went well wide of the mark in the 29th minute.

Five minutes later, ex Morecambe striker Shaun Miller found himself in acres of space but he could only shoot wide.

Cole Stockton had a shot well saved by Gillespie to his right in the 39th minute following a good run from Tom Barkhuizen for Morecambe.

There continued to be action at both ends towards the end of the first half, and Nicky Adams ended up being one-on-one with Roche moments later but his attempt was saved by the Irishman.

Morecambe’s best chance to equalise came on the brink of half time, when Barkhuizen made a great run to get on the end of Stockton’s pass only for his shot to go just over the bar. The Cumbrians were one goal in front at half time.

In the second half, Carlisle looked like doubling their lead early on with Shaun Miller putting in a good ball to Mike Jones only for his shot to be cleared off the line by Edwards two minutes in, and Danny Grainger’s impressive free kick was saved by Roche to his right moments later.

In the 51st minute, Morecambe’s Cole Stockton forced Mark Gillespie into another good save when he put in a strong header off the end of James Jennings’ long throw.

The away side thought that they had another opening five minutes later when Shaun Miller’s long range shot was saved, and Jabo Ibehre netted the rebound but his goal was ruled out as he was offside.

Miller continued to link up well with Ibehre, playing a great ball towards the big centre-forward, whose header was tipped over the bar by Barry Roche in the 62nd minute.

Substitute Jack Dunn had what appeared to be a rare Morecambe chance, with a long-range shot going just wide of the mark in the 71st minute,  and moments later Jason Kennedy scored an overhead kick for the away side with the Morecambe defence giving him way too much space..

Nicky Adams forced Barry Roche in another one-on-one save two minutes later and shortly after, Jason Kennedy headed home at ease from a corner to score his second of the game.

There were little chances in the last ten minutes, with the only two both involving Morecambe’s Cole Stockton. The Tranmere loanee had a shot blocked in the 84th minute, and also headed a rebound wide following Jack Dunn’s shot in added time.

It was yet another poor day at the office for Morecambe at the Globe Arena. Up next for Jim Bentley’s side is Notts County away from home on Tuesday, in the rearranged game following last week’s abandonment and then the Shrimps face Stevenage at home on the Saturday.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Whitmore, Edwards, Jennings, Murphy(c) (Molyneux 69), Fleming, Barkhuizen (Massanka 87), Mullin (Dunn 64), Ellison, Stockton.

Booked: Fleming and Ellison

Subs not used: Nizic, Hedley, Turner, Wakefield

Carlisle United: Gillespie, T Miller, Raynes, Gillesphey, Grainger(c). Kennedy, Joyce (McKee 81), Jones (Brisley 88), Adams, S Miller (Devitt 64), Ibehre.

Booked: T Miller

Subs not used: Crocombe, Atkinson, Ellis, Salkeld

Attendance: 3,773