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MORECAMBE 2-1 PORT VALE

14 January 2020

THE Shrimps picked up a vital three points as they sealed their fifth win of the season with a 2-1 win over Port vale.

Two early goals gave Derek Adams’s side the perfect platform and despite a late Port Vale response they held on for a welcome win.

Adams made one change from the side that drew with Colchester United on Saturday with George Tanner replacing Luke Conlan at left-back.

And the Shrimps made the perfect start with the opening goal on six minutes. Adam Phillips swung in a left-wing corner which was met by Steven Old whose header beat Scott Brown after a deflection off Luke Joyce.

Six minutes later it was 2-0. Ryan Cooney played in Phillips down the right-hand side and his low cross was met by the unmarked Cole Stockton who made no mistake from close range.

With the wind behind them, the Shrimps tried their luck from distance with Stockton and Ryan Coney both firing off target.

The Shrimps were forced into a change at half time with Phillips replaced by John O’Sullivan and they started the half on the front foot.

George Tanner’s curling shot was scooped behind by Brown for a corner and the Valiants’ keeper had to react sharply from the resulting corner to tip away a Carlos Mendes-Gomes shot.

It was an hour until Port Vale had an effort of any note as Mark Halstead saved easily from David Amoo’s header.

But form there Port Vale stepped up the pace with former Shrimps’ loanee Richie Bennett linking up well with fellow sub, Mark Cullen.

Bennett flashed a sweetly struck shot over before the visitors grabbed a goal back on 71 minutes James Gibbons curled an excellent shot over Halstead to give the visitors hope.

Halstead made a superb save to keep the lead intact from Amoo’s close range header before the same Port Vale player slashed a late effort horribly wide before a welcome final whistle.

Morecambe: Halstead, Cooney, Lavelle, Old, Tanner, Phillips (rep O’Sullivan 46), Diagouraga, Kenyon, Mendes-Gomes, Stockton (rep Leitch-Smith 81), Slew (rep Brewitt 71). Subs not used: Da Silva Mendes, Conlan, Sutton.

Port Vale: Brown, Gibbons, Legge, Smith, Montano, Joyce, Burgess (rep Bennett 51), Conlon, Amoo, Pope (rep Cullen 64), Worrall. Subs not used: Maddison, Atkinson, Browne, Evans, Brisley.

Referee: Marc Edwards.

Attendance: 1,639.


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