Morecambe 1-1 Ipswich Town
Sky Bet League One
The Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 26 February 2022
Attendance: 4,928 (1,270 away fans)
Substitute Aaron Wildig put the Shrimps ahead on the hour mark before Wes Burns cancelled out his header in the 87th minute to take home a share of the points.
The first chance of the game fell the way of the visitors. Tyreeq Bakinson knocked the ball over the top to James Norwood who brought it down and skewed his shot wide.
Rhys Bennett stopped the Shrimps from falling a goal behind when he got down well to stop Sone Aluko.
Just before the half-hour mark Sam Morsy’s curling strike looked destined for the top corner but Trevor Carson pulled off a magnificent save at full stretch to deny the Ipswich skipper. The rebound fell to Macauley Bonne who headed wide from a tight angle.
The Shrimps were presented with an opportunity three minutes later when Jonah Ayunga was brought down on the edge of the area however Shane McLaughlin failed to capitalise and the free-kick came to nothing.
Up the other end Macauley Bonne got onto the end of Bakinson’s cross from the right but he couldn’t direct his header on target.
The Shrimps continued to soak up pressure from the visitors and kept them at bay.
Carson was called into action again when he clawed out Bakinson’s strike from the edge of the box.
Half-time: Morecambe 0-0 Ipswich Town
Ten minutes into the second half Morecambe created an opportunity when the ball was laid off to Cole Stockton following a smart move but the striker’s effort, through a crowd of bodies, flew over.
Carson was on hand once again to keep out a thunderous strike from Bonne minutes later.
Derek Adams’ double substitution paid off when the pair linked up to put the Shrimps ahead on the hour mark. Wildig got on the end of Adam Phillips’ cross from the right and guided his header into the far corner.
The Shrimps suffered a scare in the 67th minute when the ball bobbled around in the box but the backline managed to clear from danger.
Kieran McKenna’s men came close to finding a leveller in the 76th minute when Carson pushed out Bersant Celina’s powerful long-range strike.
Their pressure paid off in the 87th minute when Wes Burns bundled his way into the box and got a shot away which crept into the far corner to draw the Tractor Boys level.
Janoi Donacien came dangerously close to giving Ipswich the lead a minute later but once again Carson pulled off a brilliant stop to keep the ball out of the net.
The Shrimps had one final chance in the 90th minute when Wildig found Stockton in a good position. He couldn’t brought the ball down and found Toumani Diagouraga who fired wide.
Full-time: Morecambe 1-1 Ipswich Town
Morecambe: Carson, Leigh, O’Connor, Bedeau, Diagouraga, Stockton, Ayunga (Phillips 46’), S McLoughlin, Cooney (Wildig 46’), Fane, Bennett.
Subs not used: Smith, Connolly, Obika, Gibson, Duffus.
Goals: Wildig 59’
Red Cards: None.
Ipswich Town: Walton, Edmundson, Woolfenden, Burns, Norwood (Chaplin 69’), Bakinson, Bonne (Jackson 69’), Thompson, Aluko (Celina 69’), Donacien, Morsy
Subs not used: Hladky, Pigott, Carroll, Burgess
Goals: Burns 87’
Bookings: Bonne 63’ Bakinson 88’
Red Cards: None.