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02 December 2017 Venue Montgomery Waters Meadow Attendance

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2 December 2017

TWO goals in five minutes wrecked the Shrimps’ FA Cup hopes.

The goals, from Alex Rodman and Shaun Whalley, have the League 1 pace setters the win as the Shrimps’ hopes of a third round tie were hit for another year.

It was always going to be a difficult tie against a highly rated Shrewsbury and Jim Bentley’s side once again played some neat football.

But although they enjoyed a large share of possession they failed to score again and the home side took the win.

Morecambe made two changes to the side that drew with Carlisle as Max Muller and Garry Thompson came back into the side and they were almost undone in only the second minute.

Rodman found himself in space down the left hand side but drilled a shot from a tight angle against the foot of the post with Barry Roche beaten.

From there Morecambe held the home side comfortably and the game flowed from end to end without any real chances.

But the Shrimps were then hit by a doubt blow that would ultimately give Shrewsbury victory.

Right winger Shaun Whalley found space down the right and after getting past Patrick Brough fired in a low cross that Rodman turned past Roche from six yards out.
Five minutes later Rodman turned provider with a long ball forward for Jon Nolan who beat the Morecambe defence to the ball but was brought down by Barry Roche for a clear penalty.

Whalley stepped up to send Roche the wrong way and the tie had changed beyond all recognition.

For all their nice football the Shrimps rarely troubled the home defence in the first period but were a different proposition after the break.

Vadaine Oliver and Aaron McGown came off the bench and Morecambe looked more of a threat.

Garry Thompson and Adam Campbell put in early crosses that caused problems for the home defence and Adam McGurk had a chance to threaten but shot wildly wide from 30 yards.

Thompson forced MacGillvray into a decent save on 67 minutes and Oliver volleyed over a minute later.

The Shrimps’ best chance came three minutes from time when Callum Laing was played in on goal but saw his effort well saved by MacGillvray who raced well from his goal to cut down the angle and deny the Shrimps a consolation that they deserved.

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