Match Report

 

Thu 20 May 10

Morecambe 2

Dagenham 1

(Dagenham win 7-2 on aggregate)

DAVE Artell scored a last-gasp goal to give the Shrimps a thrilling win to end life at Christie Park on a high note.

The Shrimps produced a fine performance to win the game 2-1 but went down 7-2 on aggregate to a Dagenham side who now face Rotherham in the League 2 final at Wembley on May 30.

Morecambe produced a string of first half chances but did everything but score.

Laurence Wilson forced Tony Roberts into a fine early save from a free kick and Mark Duffy saw a shot beaten down from the edge of the area. Dagenham looked sharp on the break themselves with Sunday's goal hero Josh Scott drilling a shot into the side netting and Scott Doe seeing a close range volley superbly saved by Barry Roche.

Morecambe hit back with Duffy testing Roberts with a left foot shot that the former Wales international keeper punched to safety, Five minutes before the break Paul Mullin saw Roberts tip over a close range shot as the home side peppered the Dagenham goal.

The pressure continued in the second half with Phil Jevons twice going close and Darren Moss shooting into the side netting but the Dagenham defence remained solid.

Top scorer Jevons clipped one over from close range and Mulin headed just over before the Shrimps' pressure finally paid off nine minutes from time. Mullin broke free down the left and produced a fine cross for Mark Duffy to volley home at the far post.

Dagenham then pulled a goal back five minutes from time against the run of play when Paul Benson headed home Danny Green's right wing cross but Morecambe hit back once again.

Two minutes into injury time Craig Stanley swung in a free kick to the far post and Dave Artell produced a header to beat Roberts and give the Shrimps the victory they deserved to end their time at Christie Park on a high note.

Morecambe: Roche; Moss, Parrish, Artell, Wilson; Curtis, Drummond, Stanley, Duffy; Jevons, Mullin. Subs not used: Davies, Wainwright, Taylor, Hunter, Panther, Haining, Bentley.

Dagenham: Roberts; Ogogo, Arber, Doe, McCrory; Green (rep Montgomery 87), Gain, Vincelot, Nurse; Benson, Scott (rep Walsh 84). Subs not used: Lewington, Currie, Bingham.

Ref: E Ilderton

Att: 4,972

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