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