Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 2-1 Newport County
Ellison 34,80 Bennett 36
38-year-old Morecambe forward Kevin Ellison scored an excellent brace to secure the Shrimps’ second league win of the season at the Globe Arena today. Ellison opened the scoring 34-minutes in with the rebound from Osbourne’s effort, but Scot Bennett equalised shortly afterwards for the visitors from close range. Veteran-forward Ellison got the winner for Jim Bentley’s side ten minutes from time getting his head on Adam Campbell’s excellent shot from long range to secure the three points.
Both teams started the game reasonably well. Newport had the first chance of the game through Tom Owen-Evans but his shot from close range went over the bar.
Five minutes later, the away side came close again. This time it was through David Pipe but his free kick went just wide of the mark.
Morecambe had some good attacking-play early on too, and partway through the first half they began to look like scoring. Garry Thompson got the ball in a good position on the right hand side in the 15th minute but his cross was not met by a fellow player in the box.
New Shrimps striker Adam McGurk looked lively for much of the first half and he nearly put the home side in front in the 17th minute. The former Cambridge man cut inside the box and his shot was pushed away by keeper Joe Day.
Two minutes later however, Newport came very close to taking the lead themselves. Scot Bennett had a header from close range on the end of a good ball go just over the bar.
In the 34th minute, Morecambe had one of their best chances yet. Steve Old got his head on the end of Osbourne’s corner and nodded it on towards Kenyon whose travelling header went just wide of the mark.
Moments later, Jim Bentley’s side found themselves in front. Garry Thompson started a good move before gifting the ball to Fleetwood loanee Elliot Osbourne whose shot was pushed away by Day and Ellison was in the right place to bury home the rebound.
The Shrimps’ lead didn’t last very long at all however – two minutes to be precise. The ball came in from a corner and Mickey Demetriou laid the ball off to fellow defender Scot Bennett who was able to slot home from close range.
Ellison almost put the home side back in the lead six minutes from half time. The veteran was on the receiving end of Thompson’s excellent ball and his volley was blocked by what, according to Ellison, was the defender’s hand. The referee awarded a corner however.
Newport looked the brighter side at the beginning of the second half. Top scorer Frank Nouble came close in the 56th minute, cutting in from the left-hand side only for his shot to go wide.
Five minutes later Morecambe midfielder Aaron Wildig found the ball in space and his shot went wide before Kevin Ellison attempted another volley three minutes later but it didn’t really trouble Joe Day.
Adam McGurk almost put Morecambe back in front moments later. Thompson worked well on the counter-attack and put in a pinpoint ball to the forward and his header was kept out incredibly well by Joe Day.
In the 76th minute, Thompson was involved in play again. He put in another good ball to Ellison, whose header went over the bar.
Newport put a rare chance wide in the 78th minute. There were calls for a penalty as Steve Old appeared to handle it in the box, but the ref played on and Lamar Reynold’s shot went well wide of the mark.
Two minutes later, Morecambe took the lead again. Substitute Adam Campbell hit a powerful shot from long range and the ball stroked Ellison’s head on its way in so the 38-year-old claimed the goal.
Captain Michael Rose nearly put the game to bed for the Shrimps in the 89th minute with a brilliant long-range effort forcing Day into a brilliant diving save to his left.
Despite there being four minutes of added time, Newport didn’t really threaten the Morecambe back-line and the Shrimps took home a deserved three points.
Morecambe now move to 16th and face Stevenage away from home next week whilst the visitors drop to 9th and face Grimsby Town at home next Saturday.
Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Muller, Brough, Kenyon (c) (Fleming 84), Osbourne (Rose 59), Thompson, Wildig (Campbell 76), Ellison, McGurk.
Booked: McGurk, McGowan.
Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Lavelle, Lang.
Newport County: Day, Pipe (c), Bennett (McCoulsky 83), White, Demetriou, Butler, Dolan (Rigg 45), Tozer, Owen-Evans (Reynolds 66), Amond, Nouble.
Subs not used: Willmott, Quigley, Bittner, Jahraldo-Martin.