Shrimps and Pools share points in game of two halves

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Morecambe 1-1 Hartlepool United

Mullin 59           Amond 39

Struggling League 2 sides Morecambe and Hartlepool United shared the points on a stunning day at the Globe Arena today. Former Shrimp Padraig Amond opened the scoring for the away side towards the end of the first half after the ball was put on a plate for him, whilst in the second half Paul Mullin equalised for the home side with a header from close range.

It was a fairly slow start to the game, but Hartlepool had the better of the early stages – with much of possession and chances.  Their first chance came nine minutes in when Nicky Featherstone hit the ball over after some good pressure from the away side.

Five minutes later, Dave Jones’ side got a free kick in a threatening position. Walker took the free kick, and it was blocked by the Morecambe wall before Nathan Thomas’ follow up shot was caught by Danijel Nizic on his line.

In the 19th minute the away side came close again with Scott Harrison’s volley going just wide of the mark.

Pools later had a series of chances through Rhys Oates. The 22 year old headed just over on the end of a corner in the 29th minute, before finding himself in space three minutes later only for his shot to not really trouble Nizic.

The away side got themselves in front shortly before half time. They passed their way round the Shrimps’ defence with ease before ex-Shrimps player Lewis Alessandra played a great ball through to a fellow former Shrimp Padraig Amond – who finished coolly past Nizic from close range in the 39th minute.

Morecambe’s first real chances of the game came on the brink of half time. Kevin Ellison headed just over from a corner in the 44th minute, before Paul Mullin came very close in stoppage time – cutting in from the right and forcing a save from Joe Fryer to his left. The away side led 1-0 at the break.

Ten minutes into the second half, Hartlepool came close to doubling their lead through Padraig Amond, but his shot was blocked by Ryan Edwards.

Morecambe managed to get back into the game just three minutes later however through Paul Mullin. The move started with a great ball from Kevin Ellison on the left, before Ryan Edwards’ shot was cleared off the line and then Paul Mullin won the battle with the keeper for the ball – heading home from two yards out.

The home side then kicked on from thereafter and came close in the 67th minute when Kevin Ellison’s shot was saved by Fryers to his right shortly before Fleming headed straight into the hands of the Middlesbrough loanee.

Ten minutes later Ellison came close again, with the ball falling to him unmarked after a throw in. The veteran forward could only despatch the ball well over the bar.

The Shrimps came remarkably close to scoring in the 80th minute. Lee Molyneux made a quick run to get the ball from the throw-in and he played a good ball through to fellow substitute Aaron Wildig – whose shot brought about a potentially season-saving block from Hartlepool defender Scott Harrison.

Hartlepool had a good spell towards the end of the game. In the 82nd minute, Michael Woods cut through the defence only for his shot to go wide and then in the 85th minute Dave Jones’ side got a free kick in a threatening position. Padraig Amond’s free kick was blocked by the Morecambe wall, and then Scott Harrison’s follow up shot went over the bar.

Morecambe’s last chance came in the first minute of added time when Kevin Ellison headed just wide on the end of a good ball from Andy Fleming.

Whilst it could be argued that Morecambe did enough to win the game following their second-half performance, it was Hartlepool who very nearly won the game at the end. Nathan Thomas made a great run, and his shot was blocked brilliantly by Ryan Edwards to ensure the game finished 1-1.

The result means that Morecambe move to 19th, eight points above the drop zone, whilst Hartlepool remain in 22nd – just three points above the drop zone following Newport’s 1-0 victory at Exeter City.

Up next for the Shrimps is Stevenage away from home on Good Friday, whilst Hartlepool United are up against Carlisle United at home in what will be a big game for both sides.

Morecambe: Nizic 8, McGowan 7, Whitmore 6, Edwards 7, Duckworth 6, Rose 6, Fleming 8, Turner 6 (Molyneux 66), Evans 6 (Wildig 66), Ellison 7, Mullin 7.

Sub ratings: Molyneux 7, Wildig 6.

Booked: Mullin

Subs not used: Maher (GK), Wakefield, Jordan, Murphy, Winnard.

Hartlepool United: Fryer 7, Richardson 6, Harrison 7, Walker 6, Donnelly 6, Alessandra 6 (Rodney 81), Woods 6, Featherstone 7, Thomas 6, Oates 7 (Deverdics 90+4), Amond 7.

Sub ratings: Rodney 6, Deverdics n/a

Subs not used: Magnay, Bates, Hawkins, Rooney, Dudzinski (GK).

Attendance: 1,548 (436 away)

 

Hartlepool Thrash Sorry Morecambe

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Morecambe 2-5 Hartlepool United

Kenyon 25 Barkhuizen 87  Woods 4 Thomas 6,50 James 76 pen Oates 89

Ten men Morecambe suffered their second defeat this week with a heavy loss to an in-form Hartlepool side on Saturday 9th April at the Globe Arena.

Hartlepool had two early goals coming from Michael Woods and Nathan Thomas, before Alex Kenyon pulled a goal back in the 25th minute. After the break Nathan Thomas got his second of the game five minutes into the half, before Morecambe went down to ten-men as Barry Roche was sent off. Luke James scored from the penalty spot, and then Tom Barkhuizen got a consolation for the Shrimps closely followed by a fifth goal for the visitors from Rhys Oates.

The game started off with Morecambe passing the ball around well and they soon went on the offensive, but Hartlepool capitalised on the home side’s first mistake. Nathan Thomas had a shot that deflected off the defence and Roche could only parry away, and then it fell to Michael Woods who was able to slot home ten yards out.

Just two minutes later the away side doubled their lead through Nathan Thomas. The winger did most of the work himself, beating Beeley with some good footwork before shooting into the top right-hand corner past Roche.

It was a very poor start for Jim Bentley’s side and they were almost 3-0 down in the 13th minute when Thomas cut past Beeley again, but this time his shot went just wide of the goal.

Shaun Miller had a half chance in the 21st minute when he found himself in some space in the box, but he failed to control his shot and it went well wide of the goal.

Just minutes later, the Shrimps found a way back into the game through Alex Kenyon. The young midfielder made a cracking run on the left hand side and he put a powerful shot past Trevor Carson to score his second goal in three games.

Between Kenyon’s goal and half time there weren’t many chances, but Morecambe could’ve equalised shortly before half time. Shaun Miller had a shot that went straight into the hands of Trevor Carson, and Kevin Ellison also came close too but Hartlepool managed to hold onto their lead at the break.

The away side started the second half in a similar fashion to the first half, and they had their third goal of the game just five minutes into the second half. Nathan Thomas cut inside without much opposition from the Morecambe defence and beat Roche with a powerful shot in the right-hand corner to extend his side’s lead.

Cole Stockton came close for the Shrimps in the 67th minute but his shot went just over the bar after being in plenty of space.

The game got worse for Morecambe five minutes later when they were reduced to ten men. Brad Walker made a cracking run with the ball, only having Roche to beat, and the keeper brought him down to be immediately sent off. The problem for Morecambe was that they had no substitute keeper on the bench, as Kieran O’Hara was out injured, so midfielder Alex Kenyon took the gloves.

Kenyon’s first action in goal was to pick the ball out of the net as he dived the wrong way. It was Luke James who scored from the spot to make it 4-1.

The home side did get a consolation however in the 87th minute when Barkhuizen snatched the ball off a defender and put the ball past Trevor Carson following an impressive run with the ball.

The game wasn’t finished there though as Rhys Oates made the scoreline look even worse for Morecambe slotting past Kenyon from close range in the 89th minute.

The result means that the Shrimps now move down to 19th ahead of a tough game against rivals Accrington Stanley next week whilst Hartlepool’s third win out of their last five moves them up to 16th.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley (c), Edwards, Parrish, Conlan (McGowan 46), Barkhuizen, Kenyon, Goodall, Ellison, Molyneux (Stockton 56), Miller (Oliver 80).

Subs not used: Devitt, Mullin, Bailey, Doyle.

Booked: Barkhuizen and Molyneux

Sent off: Roche

Hartlepool United: Carson, Magnay (c), Jackson, Jones, Carroll, Woods (Walker 70), Featherstone, Hawkins, Thomas (Oates 69), James, Gray (Laurent 64).

Subs not used: Bingham, Bartlett (GK), Richards, Duckworth

Booked: Carroll and James

Attendance: 2,005