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MORECAMBE 1-1 TRANMERE ROVERS

23 May 2021

The Shrimps secured their place at Wembley in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final after a 1-1 draw at home to Tranmere Rovers.

Derek Adams made one change to the side that started Thursday’s first leg at Prenton Park, with Liam Gibson coming in to replace the injured Stephen Hendrie.

It was the visitors who produced the first big chance of the game on nine minutes when James Vaughan got on the end of a cross into the box, but his effort rattled the bar.

Seconds later and the Shrimps were able to make their first chance of the game count as Liam McAlinden picked up possession and drove forward before playing an inch perfect pass into the path of Aaron Wildig who calmly slotted past Joe Murphy into the far corner.

Morecambe nearly doubled their advantage on 15 minutes when a trademark reverse ball from Carlos Mendes Gomes released Wildig who delivered a low, hard cross which deflected out for a corner, which skipper Sam Lavelle was equal to, forcing the Rovers keeper into a tidy save.

The reds created another chance on 39 minutes, this time Mendes Gomes got himself into a promising position before unleashing a fierce strike from distance which stung the palms of Murphy in the Tranmere goal.

The visitors were very nearly back in the game moments before half-time when Paul Lewis’ half-volleyed effort from inside the box was terrifically saved by Kyle Letheren low to his right.

Eight minutes into the second half and the visitors found themselves level, courtesy of a James Vaughan goal which saw Birmingham-born forward bundle the ball home from a corner.

The Reds rode Tranmere’s pressure well and looked to catch the visitors out on 76 minutes when a quick counter was launched by Cole Stockton down the left-hand side who saw McAlinden in bags of space down the right, but Stockton’s cross-field ball was intercepted by a defender.

Moments later and yet another fine save from Letheren kept the visitors at bay, this time the Welshman did well to deny an Emmanuel Monthe header.

Despite a flurry of half chances from Ian Dawes’ men, Morecambe defended resolutely and held on to a 3-2 aggregate score line to guarantee their place at Wembley on 31 May, where they’ll face either Newport County or Forest Green Rovers in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final.

Morecambe: Letheren, Knight-Percival, Lavelle, Diagouraga, Stockton, Wildig (Kenyon, 87), Mendes Gomes, McAlinden (Lyons, 82), Cooney, Gibson, Songo’o

Subs: Halstead, Mellor, Davis, Leitch-Smith, Pringle

Tranmere Rovers: Murphy, O’Conner (Khan, 45), Ridehalgh (MacDonald, 64), Monthe, Morris (Nugent, 45), Spearing, Vaughan, Blackett-Taylor (Woolery, 63), Feeney, Lewis, Clarke

Subs: Jones, Nelson, Woolery, Crawford,

Referee: Thomas Bramall


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