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MORECAMBE 2-1 NEWPORT COUNTY

16 September 2017

KEVIN Ellison took his goal tally to four for the season to earn Morecambe their second win of the campaign.

The Shrimps had been without a win since the opening day of the season but a brace from the veteran front man was enough to give them a battling and deserved three points.

The Shrimps made two changes from the side that drew with Yeovil as Alex Kenyon and Max Muller came back into the side in place of Dean Winnard and Michael Rose and both played their part in the victory.

The Shrimps started brightly with Adam McGurk forcing Joe Day into an early save after cutting from the right hand side and Ellison skewing a shot wide on 22 minutes. Newport looked a threat at set pieces with their height and went close when Ben Tozer headed a long throw onto the top of the Morecambe crossbar.

But it was Morecambe who took the lead in the 34th minute with Ellison scoring his third goal in four games.

The impressive Elliott Osborne earned the assist with a right foot shot from the edge of the box that was superbly saved by Joe Day but the ball fell to Ellison who slammed home the rebound.

The lead lasted only one minute however as the Exiles pulled a goal back almost immediately. Matty Dolan swung over a right wing corner to the far post and although the unmarked Mickey Demetriou failed to take advantage of his first opportunity he was able to drill in a low cross that was stabbed home by Scot Bennett at the near post.

That goal gave Newport a lift and they had the better of the opening stages of the second half with League 2 Player of the Month Frank Nouble putting in two dangerous crosses in quick sucession that just evaded former Shrimps' striker Padraig Amond.

But after surviving a spell of pressure the Shrimps raised their game and looked the more threatening with McGurk denied a second goal of the week by a stunning Day say from a close range header.

With nine minutes ot go the Shrimps had the final say when Ellison diverted Adam Campbellā€™s long range shot into the top right hand corner of the Newport goal to give the Shrimps a very welcome three points.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Muller, Old, Brough, Kenyon (rep Fleming 83), Wildig (rep Campbell 76), Ellison, Osborne (rep Rose 60), McGurk, Thompson.

Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Lang, Lavelle.

Newport County AFC: Day, Bennett (rep McCoulsky 83), White, Demetriou, Pipe, Dolan (rep Rigg 46), Tozer, Owen-Evans (rep Reynolds 66), Amond, Nouble. Subs not used: Bittner, Willmott, Quigley, Jahraldo-Martin.

Att: 1,189.

Ref: D Drysdale.


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