Morecambe 0-2 Carlisle United
Papa John’s Trophy
The Mazuma Stadium
Tuesday 9 November
Attendance: 945 (159 away)
Two second-half goals from the visitors wrapped up all three points in our final Papa John’s Trophy game of the 2021/22 season.
A goal apiece from Jordan Gibson and Kelvin Mellor respectively inside 10 second-half minutes made sure the points would be heading back to Cumbria from the Mazuma Stadium.
On the 24th minute of the game, Toumani Diagouraga came close to opening the scoring.
A run into the penalty area by the midfielder saw him pass two players, selling them both with step-over, but his effort on goal flew wide of its intended target.
Six minutes short of the break, the Cumbrians had an effort of their own.
A corner into the Shrimps’ penalty area was nodded down by Morgan Feeney in the direction of Tristan Abrahams who tried a speculative over-head kick, but his effort was lacking any direction.
Cole Stockton had the game’s next opportunity, a through ball from Jonah Ayunga found the striker in space, but his effort could only find the hands of Mark Howard in the Carlisle goal.
Half-time: Morecambe 0-0 Carlisle United
The first chance of the second-half resulted in a goal from substitute Gibson, who replaced Zach Clough after the break for the visitors. A direct free-kick managed to fly past Da Silva Mendes in the Shrimps goal to give Carlisle the lead.
The Cumbrians made it 0-2 moments later, a corner in from the right was headed down by Feeney and there was Mellor to tap-in at the far post.
On the hour mark, the Shrimps had the ball in the back of the net themselves, however celebrations were cut short by the linesman on the far side, as he put up his flag to deny Stockton after an effort from Ayunga was saved by Howard.
There were chances for Ayunga and Adam Phillips as the game went on, however their efforts were wide of the mark.
Full-time: Morecambe 0-2 Carlisle United
Morecambe: Da Silva Mendes, O’Connor (C), Jones, Diagouraga (Phillips 78’), Stockton, Wildig (Harrison 78’), Ayunga, Cooney, Gibson, Gnahoua (McDonald 55’), Wootton.
Subs not used: Roche, Delaney, Mensah, Duffus.
Bookings: Gibson 34’
Red cards: None.
Carlisle United: Howard, Mellor, Devine, Dinzeyi, Clough (Gibson 45’), Abrahams, Charters, Feeney, Whelan, Mampala (Riley 67’), Young (Fishburn 75’).
Subs not used: Simons, Armer, Guy, Mellish,
Goals: Gibson 49’, Mellor 55’
Red cards: None