Morecambe 0-1 Barnet
THE Shrimps suffered their first defeat in 2017 on another controversial night at the Globe Arena.
Tom Champion’s 65th minute header won the points for Barnet but the main talking point of the evening was the red card for Shrimps' skipper Peter Murphy was was sent off on 26 minutes for a tackle on Ruben Bover.
It looked a harsh decision at the time and it was one that changed the game.
Seven minutes later and Mr Coote awarded the visitors a penalty when John Akinde went down under minimal contact from Ryan Edwards.
However, the home camp were left feeling justice was done as keeper Barry Roche dived to his right and held Akinde’s weak spot-kick.
Having played for more than an hour with 10 men though, the Shrimps shot themselves squarely in the foot with the manner of the winning goal.
A lapse in concentration at a corner allowed the unmarked Jamal Campbell-Ryce to cross for Champion to head home from close range.
One goal had always looked like settling a game which was scrappy even before Murphy’s dismissal. Campbell-Ryce was the visitors’ main attacking outlet, even if his end product didn’t always match the build-up.
Akinde proved his usual forceful self up front, even if Edwards and Alex Whitmore again acquitted themselves well in the centre of defence.
Mauro Vilhete headed wide of Roche’s goal inside the opening quarter-hour before Morecambe’s task was made harder with Murphy’s dismissal.
It left, firstly, Kevin Ellison, then Paul Mullin and, latterly, Rhys Turner, playing the lone role up front and feeding off scraps.
Mullin came closest to fashioning an equaliser just before he was replaced by Turner, holding off one man and beating another before firing off target.
At the other end, Edwards and Whitmore’s committed defending saw plenty of blocks, notably to deny Campbell-Ryce, while Roche’s legs kept out another Akinde effort.
Try as they might however, and there was no doubting their efforts, the Shrimps were unable to fashion an equaliser as their six-match unbeaten run came to an end.
Morecambe: Roche, Whitmore, Edwards, Kenyon (Wakefield 70), Duckworth, Murphy, Rose, Molyneux (Jordan 80), Wildig, Mullin (Turner 61), Ellison. Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Conlan, Evans.
Barnet: Vickers, Clough, Nelson, Santos, Johnson, Vilhete, Champion, Bover (Taylor 83), Campbell-Ryce (Amaluzor 90), Weston (Sweeney 83), Akinde. Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, Coulson, Mason-Clark, Tutonda.
Referee: David Coote.