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26 August 2017

MORECAMBE produced a superb defensive display to earn another battling away point.

Cambridge dominated the game for long periods but a combination of excellent goalkeeping from Barry Roche and some excellent defending saw the Shrimps keep an excellent clean sheet.

Despite being under sustained pressure the Shrimps ironically had the best clear chance of the game late in the game when the ball dropped to Garry Thompson in the box but the striker volleyed over the bar from six yards out.

The home side went close a number of times in the first half.

The closest they came to breaking the deadlock came in the19th minute when Ade Azeez cut in from the right hand side but fired into the side netting with many home supporters thinking the ball had gone in.

The first chance came after just 35 seconds when Azeez got behind the Morecambe defence but dragged his shot wide from the angle. Giant striker Uche Ikpeazu was heavily involved from the opening stages firing a shot just over on six minutes and drilling a well struck shot wide on the turn three minutes before the break. Medy Elito and George Maris tried their luck from distance but Barry Roche was hardly troubled.

The second half followed a similar pattern with Cambridge forcing the pace.

Leon Legge headed an early corner wide and Azeez forced a good save from Roche after getting in behind the Morecambe defence.

Ikpeazu continued to forge chances with a shot wide on the turn and a run on goal that ended with a poor pass when he should have shot.

The second half saw the Shrimps begin to threaten themselves with Michael Rose seeing a free kick blocked and Kevin Ellison going close before Thompson fired over and Andy Fleming drilled a long range shot just wide.

The Shrimps' resistance was almost broken in injury time when Brad Halliday's cross from the right came back off the woodwork but the ball stayed out and the Shrimps picked up a well earned point.

Cambridge: Forde, Halliday, Legge, Taylor, Dunk, Deegan, Maris (rep Osadebe 72), Elito (rep Mingoia 72), Brown, Ikpeazu, Azeez (rep Ibehre 78). Subs not used: Mitov, Carroll, O;Neil, Darling.

Morecambe: Roche, Lund (rep McGowan 45), Winnard, Old, Kenyon, Brough (rep Conlan 45), Fleming, Wildig, Rose, Ellison, Thompson. Subs not used: Nizic, Campbell, Deakin, Osborne.

Ref: G Horwood.

Att: 3,573.

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