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Morecambe vs Blackpool

13 August 2016

Match Report: Morecambe 2-1 Blackpool

A SECOND HALF goal from Michael Rose gave Morecambe the three points in their first ever Football League meeting with Blackpool.

Morecambe made one change to the side that beat Rotherham 5-4 in midweek with hat-trick hero Jack Dunn brought into the side in place of Paul Mullin who dropped to the bench.

Blackpool made five changes to their side that beat Bolton 4-2 in the same competition but there was no Globe return for the injured Jack Redshaw.

Morecambe started brightly with a long range Rose free kick forcing visiting keeper Sam Slocombe to tip the ball onto the crossbar as it looked set for the top right hand corner,.

Blackpool started to get the better of the game with defender Tom Aldred volleying over from close range after latching on to Michael Cain's corner.

And it was Gary Bowyer's side who opened the scoring on 23 minutes through Brad Potts.

The former Carlisle wide man turned superbly in the box and drilled a low shot that beat Barry Roche low to his right hand side.

The visitors continued to look the sharper with Bright Osayi-Samuel firing just over and Kelvin Mellor heading a corner wide from a good position.

Morecambe had been second best for much of the half but levelled in injury time from the penalty spot. Tom Barkhuizen was brought down and Jack Dunn stepped up to send Slocombe the wrong way from the spot.

The second half was a scrappy affair with few chances but Morecambe took the points with a superb counter attack goal 15 minutes from time. Barkhuizen broke past Colin Daniel and found Michael Rose who made a run fro midfield before slotting past Slocombe.

Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Whitmore, Edwards, Conlan (rep Ellison 72), Kenyon, Rose, Barkhuizen (rep Mullin 85), Dunn (rep Fleming 87), Molyneux, Stockton. Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Turner.

Blackpool: Slocombe, Mellor, Aldred, Robertson, Taylor (rep Daniel 45), Potts, McAlister, Pugh, Osayi-Samuel (rep Cullen 74), Vassell, Cain (rep Yeates 76). Subs not used: Letheren, Aimson, Herron, Nolan.

Referee: G Eltringham.

Att: 3,676.

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