Wycombe retain play-off hopes with last-ditch Akinfenwa equaliser

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Morecambe 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Ellison 81           Akinfenwa 89

Morecambe and Wycombe Wanderers shared the points in the last game of the season at the Globe Arena yesterday. Kevin Ellison capped off a brilliant Morecambe move to take the lead in the 81st minute, before Adebayo Akinfenwa equalised for the away side in the latter stages of the game thanks to some poor defending from the Shrimps.

Both sides had a relatively good start to the game, and it was Wycombe who had the first real chance. Former Morecambe forward Garry Thompson found the ball in space in the eighth minute, but his shot went wide of the mark.

Three minutes later, the home side really should’ve gone in front. Michael Rose made a great run forward and he had a spectacular long-range shot saved by Jamal Blackman to his left.

Morecambe later had a series of chances, with Aaron McGowan making a beaming run to get on the end of Molyneux’s ball only for his shot to be blocked in the 19th minute. Moments later, Paul Mullin came close for the hosts – cutting through the defence and having his shot tipped over by the visiting keeper.

Wycombe’s best chance of the first half came in the 23rd minute when Adebayo Akinfenwa headed just wide on the end of a good cross.

Morecambe dominated chances however in the first half, with Ellison forcing a good reflex save from Blackman in the 27th minute.

The away side did have two quick chances in succession shortly before half time with Garry Thompson’s shot going just over in the 34th minute and then Sam Saunders’ powerful long-range three minutes later shot went just over the bar.

It was the home side who had the final chance of the half, with Aaron McGowan making a commanding run on the right-hand side only for his shot to go straight at the keeper. It was goalless at the interval.

Wycombe had the first chance of the second half, with Paul Hayes making a good run before playing the ball through to Luke O’Nien, whose shot went just wide of the goal.

Fifteen minutes later Kevin Ellison came very close to taking the lead for the hosts, with his header being blocked by Harriman following a pinpoint cross from Aaron McGowan.

Wycombe’s best chance of the game without scoring came in the 75th minute when Sam Saunders’ free kick was blocked by the wall shortly before substitute Paris Cowan-Hall headed onto the crossbar.

It was Morecambe who came up with the first goal of the game six minutes later, through Kevin Ellison. It was a good team goal which started with a good run from young debutant Steve Yawson, before Michael Rose played a good ball to McGowan whose cross met Ellison and the veteran had good footwork to turn and curl the ball round the keeper to score his ninth goal of the season.

The host’s lead nearly only lasted three minutes however, as Adebayo Akinfenwa found himself in acres of space but his shot was pushed away by Nizic to his right.

The away side were pushing for an equaliser, and Luke O’Nien headed into the hands of Nizic in the 88th minute. Just moments later the away side did equalise as a result of some poor defending. The Shrimps’ defence failed to clear their lines, and as a result Akinfenwa was able to slot the ball past Nizic to score his 18th goal of the season for Wycombe.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side then looked like they could’ve taken all three points near the end, as they pushed for a winner. A second goal, would’ve taken them into the play-off places. In the last minute of normal time, substitute Myles Weston put in a good ball through to Akinfenwa but the powerhouse’s header went just wide of the mark.

Wycombe’s very tall keeper Jamal Blackman came up for a corner in the fourth minute of added time, but the corner didn’t really come to anything as the Shrimps managed to defend it well. The last kick of the game, came when in the sixth minute of added time Myles Weston’s powerful attempt went over the bar.

The result means that Morecambe remain in 18th ahead of their final game of the season away to Luton Town next week, whilst Wycombe sit in 11th needing a win against Cambridge United next week to give them any chance of making the play-offs.

Morecambe: Nizic 8, Edwards 7, Whitmore 7, Winnard 7, McGowan 8 (Wakefield 84), Kenyon 8, Murphy 7 (c) (Fleming 56), Rose 7, Molyneux 7, Ellison 7, Mullin 7 (Yawson 77).

Booked: McGowan and Ellison

Sub ratings: Fleming 7, Yawson 7, Wakefield n/a

Subs not used: Roche, Conlan, Wildig, Evans

Wycombe Wanderers: Blackman 8, Harriman 7, Jombati 6, Pierre 7 (c), Jacobson 7 (Stewart 68), Bean 6, O’Nien 6, Saunders 8, Thompson 7 (Weston 82), Akinfenwa 7, Hayes (c) 6 (Cowan-Hall 63).

Booked: Pierre and Jacobson

Sub ratings: Stewart 7, Weston 7, Cowan-Hall 6,

Subs not used: Richardson, Bloomfield, Southwell, Gape,

Attendance: 1,742