A SECOND HALF horror show saw Morecambe suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of struggling Barnet.
After taking a 1-0 lead into the second half with a Jack Redshaw goal on 33 minutes the Shrimps’ defence crumbled after the break as Dani Lopez bagged a hat trick to help the home side’s push for survival.
Luke Gambin levelled the scores on 52 minutes when he sneaked in between the hesitant Nick Fenton and Barry Roche to head home a neat Dani Lopez chip.
Provider Lopez then turned goalscorer with two goals in three horrible minutes for Roche.
His first came after the Morecambe keeper failed to collect an Edgar Davids free kick and Lopez was on hand to score from close range after the ball was headed back across goal.
Roche’s nightmare continued a minute later when after a mix up with Will Haining he brought down Garmin for a clear penalty and was sent off. Lopez stepped up and hammered the dead ball past substitute keeper Andreas Arestidou to give the home side a clear lead.
Lopez then sealed his hat-trick four minutes from time with a close range finish from Mark Byrne’s cross as the Shrimps’ defence opened up once again.
Redshaw fired the Shrimps into the lead on 33 minutes with a fine poacher’s goal. Barry Roche was the provider with a long clearance that caught out the Barnet defence and Redshaw took full advantage with a superb first touch before stroking the ball past Graham Stack.
Barnet dominated much of the opening period and should have opened the scoring on 26 minutes when Lopez’s header came back off the crossbar and Edgar Davids of all people failed to score from the rebound when he headed wide from just six yards out.
Roche was by far the busier of the two keepers with two fine blocks from long range Mark Byrne shots and further excellent blocks from Ross Jenkins and Mauro Vilhete.
BARNET: Stack, Fuller, Johnson, Stephens, N’Gala; Davids, Byrne, Jenkins, Vilhete (rep Yiadom 72), Gambin, Lopez (rep Sykes 86). Subs not used: Brown, N’Toko, Barnes, Vose.
MORECAMBE: Roche; Haining, McCready, Fenton, Wright; Williams (rep Holroyd 68), Drummond, McDonald; Alessandra (rep Arestidou 68), Redshaw, Ellison (rep McGee 86). Subs not used: Threlfall, Burrow.
Sent off: Roche.