MORECAMBE suffered a crushing defeat at the Abbey Stadium this evening.
The Shrimps were rocked by five first half goals for Cambridge who added two more in the second period as the Shrimps shipped seven goals for the second time in their Football League career.
Morecambe made a decent enough start, Lee Molyneux seeing a shot from 20 yards saved, but were behind just five minutes in.
Dunk cut into the area and was fouled by Aaron McGowan right on the edge, referee James Adcock adjudging it to be inside the box.
Captain Luke Berry stepped up and made no mistake, firing low to Kieran O’Hara’s right to give his side a sixth-minute lead.
The goal galvanised the hosts with O’Hara keeping out Williamson’s close-range effort before the U’s doubled their lead on 18 minutes thanks to a large slice of luck.
Danger man Dunk broke in on the left side of the area and his shot was blocked, only for the ball to loop over O’Hara and into the far corner.
Morecambe were nearly back in the game in spectacular fashion two minutes later but Will Norris beat away Jamie Devitt’s swerving shot from 20 yards.
It was soon three for the hosts though and it was that man Dunk again, the winger rising highest at the far post to head home Ismail’s cross on 25 minutes.
Cambridge added a fourth on 29 minutes, Ismail breezing past Luke Conlan down the right before firing in a low cross that was bundled home by Williamson from close range.
The hosts came within inches of a fifth seven minutes before the break but Chris Doyle produced a fine goal-line clearance to deny Berry a second.
The fifth did become before the end of a horror show of a first period though, arriving in stoppage time as Roberts nodded home from close range after Berry’s initial shot from a corner had been saved.
The defensive charity from the visitors continued after the break, Berry seeing a free header from a corner come back off the post on 50 minutes.
The Shrimps did test Norris a couple of minutes later, the ‘keeper punching clear Doyle’s header as Kevin Ellison closed in.
The hosts were a constant threat though, Williamson seeing a near post effort saved before number six arrived on 58 minutes.
A corner wasn’t cleared with the ball sitting up for Ismail to hammer home from the edge of the area.
The winger nearly had a second on 65 minutes but saw a thumping effort touched onto the angle of post and crossbar by O’Hara.
The seventh came with the final kick of the game, Andy Fleming adjudged to have fouled Berry who picked himself up to convert his second spot kick.
Cambridge: Norris, Furlong, Roberts, Coulson, Clark, Dunne (Spencer 65), Isamil, Berry (capt), Ledson (Williams 78), Dunk, Williamson (Simpson 65). Subs not used: Beasant, Omozusi, Donaldson, O’Neill.
Morecambe: O’Hara, McGowan (Goodall 46), Edwards (capt), Doyle, Conlan (Ellison 46), Kenyon, Fleming, Barkhuizen, Devitt, Molyneux, Miller (Mullin 78). Subs not used: Maher, Wildig, Parrish, Stockton.
Booked: Conlan, Edwards
Referee: James Adcock
Attendance: 3,941 (46 Morecambe fans)