Match Report


Sat 25 Feb 12

TEENAGE striker Jordan Burrow earned Morecambe a second successive home win with his first Football League goal.

The 19-year-old, recently signed from Chesterfield, bundled home Lewis Alessandra's left wing free kick from close range in the 75th minutes to give title chasing Southend a second defeat in the week.

It proved to be the decisive moment of a tight game which produced few chances.

Bilel Mohsni went close for Southend on 56 minutes with a looping header that hit the top of the Morecambe crossbar before Burrow struck.

The Shrimps went close to a second when Kevin Ellison saw a shot deflected inches wide in the 90th minute before the visitors had a golden chance to level three minutes into injury tine but Anthony Grant dragged a shot from the edge of the area wide.

Morecambe started brightly with Gary McDonald seeing a second minute shot well blocked by Mohsni and the same Southend player reacting sharply to defend well again and intervene as Ellison was teeing up a volley from the left hand side of the box.

Southend replied with Ryan Hall seeing a long range shot blocked by Chris McCready and Liam Dickinson curling an effort over the bar from the edge of the box.

Ellison again went close for the Shrimps with a shot that was deflected into the side netting by Chris Barker before the game became something of a midfield battle before Laurence Wilson drilled a shot into the side netting on 42 minutes.

Boss Jim Bentley made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Crawley in midweek.

Stewart Drummond, Jordan Burrow and Kevin Ellison returned to the starting line up with Garry Hunter, Lewis Alessandra and Jason Price all dropped to the bench

Morecambe: Roche; Parrish, McCready, Fenton, Wilson; Drummond, Fleming, McDonald; Carlton, Burrow, Ellison. Subs: Kettings, Price, Hunter, Reid, Alessandra.

Southend: Morris; Clohessy, Phillips, Barker, Prosser; Timlin, Hall, Moshni, Kalala; Dickinson, Sampson. Subs: Grant, Ferdinand, Martin, Flood, Benyon.

Ref: M Haywood.

    Data provided by Press Association

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