Morecambe 3-3 Everton U21s (Morecambe win 7-6 on penalties)
Papa John’s Trophy - Northern Group A
The Mazuma Stadium
Tuesday 30 August 2022
Attendance: 912 (55 away)
The Shrimps walked away with an extra bonus points as they saw off Everton U21s in a 7-6 penalty shootout win at the Mazum Stadium.
Goals from Jensen Weir and Caleb Watts either side of a Sean McAllister strike saw the home side take the lead in with them at the break.
It finished level after 90 minutes after Isaac Price and Tom Cannon gave the away side the lead just before the hour mark, but Farrend Rawson popped up with a late header to make sure the tie would be end in the lottery of a penalty shootout.
After a succession of Everton U21s corners in the opening minutes of the game, the hosts started to turn the screw after the 15th minute mark.
A ball in from the right by Ryan Cooney found striker Kieran Phillips on the run, he got there before the defender but could not direct his headed into the back of the net on that occasion.
Two minutes late the Shrimps had the lead, a lazy back-pass from Joe Anderson was picked off by Weir, he advanced before pulling the trigger just outside the box, his shot had too much power on it for goalkeeper Billy Crellin to keep out.
Phillips again broke the young Toffees back-line with a turn of high quality, however his effort which looked destined for the bottom-corner was kept out by the feet of Crellin.
Just after the half-an-hour mark the away side levelled the game, a ball down the left by Tom Cannon somehow found its way to the back stick where McAllister was waiting to apply the finishing touch.
They were not on level terms for long however as Derek Adams’ regained the lead on the 34th minute. A corner from Jake Taylor found Watts at the near-post with the Southampton loanee heading in from close range.
Half-time: Morecambe 2-1 Everton U21s
Three minutes after the restart, the away side were level again. A cross from the right by Cannon was headed in by Price who managed to lose his man as the cross came into the box.
On the 57th minute the Young toffees took the lead, See Quirk nicked the ball off the feet of substitute Farrend Rawson, the tackle set Cannon on his way who fired into the bottom left-corner of Adam Smith’s goal.
Adam Mayor came off the bench for the Shrimps and almost made the difference, he was set away down the left, the midfielder got a lovely left-footed effort away which forced Crellin into a smart low save down to his left.
With six minutes of normal time remaining the Shrimps levelled. A short corner from Watts found Donald Love who played a lovely floated ball into the area which was met on the head by Rawson who powered his effort home.
Full-time: Morecambe 3-3 Everton U21s (Morecambe win 7-6 on penalties)
Scored: Watts, Phillips, Cooney, Love, Mayor, McLoughlin, O’Connor
Scored: Cannon, Okoronkwo, Anderson, Warrington, Price, Kouyate,
Missed: Hunt, Campbell.
Morecambe: Smith, Gibson (C) (Love 46’), Taylor (Mayor 63’), Connolly, Weir, Bedeau (Rawson 46’), Watts, McLoughlin, Cooney, O’Connor, Phillips.
Subs not used: Ripley, Fane, Rooney, Foden,
Goals: Weir 17’, Watts 34’, Rawson 84’
Bookings: O’Connor 24’, Watts 54’
Red cards: None.
Everton U21s: Crellin, McAllister (Djankpata 76’), Cannon, John, Quirk (Kouyate 70’), Warrington, Anderson, Whitaker (Okoronkwo 70’), Hunt, Price, Campbell.
Subs not used: Leban, Smauels-Smith, Mallon, Barker.
Goals: McAllister 32’, Price 48’, Cannon 57’
Bookings: Price 45’, John 90’.
Red cards: None.