Morecambe 3-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 22 January
The Mazuma Stadium
Sky Bet League One
Attendance: 3865 (328 away)
Anthony O’Connor, Jonah Ayunga and Cole Stockton got their names on the scoresheet as Morecambe came from behind twice to beat Wycombe Wanderers 3-2 at the Mazuma Stadium.
The first chance of the game resulted in an opener for Gareth Ainsworth’s men. Adebayo Akinfenwa got on the end of Jordan Obita’s cross from the left and headed in via the underside of the crossbar.
Five minutes later David Stockdale did well to keep out Arthur Gnahoua’s low strike from the edge of the penalty area. The Wycombe ‘keeper palmed the ball away to his left which found Jonah Ayunga, who saw his shot deflect wide.
Joe Jacobson sent a dangerous cross into the Morecambe box which somehow managed to evade everyone and go out for a Shrimps’ throw-in.
On the half-hour mark Greg Leigh whipped a ball into the box which was looking for Shane McLaughlin but the Morecambe man couldn’t find a connection.
At the other end Brandon Hanlan turned his man and tried a shot from a tight angle but he could only fire his strike into the away end.
Six minutes before the break the Shrimps got their leveller from a corner.
The opportunity was created when Ayunga delivered a ball into the box with pace and power but it was deflected wide. Aaron Wildig sent in the resulting corner and it was O’Connor who rose highest and headed into the net.
Half-time: Morecambe 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers
A few minutes into the second half Jacob Bedeau got his body down well to block Hanlan’s close-range strike.
The visitors got their noses back in front in the 53rd minute when the ball fell to Jack Grimmer on the edge of the box. The defender unleashed a powerful, low strike which went into the net off the far post.
One the hour mark the Shrimps levelled once again. Stockton’s curled effort from the edge of the box was punched out by Stockdale but only as far as Ayunga who poked home, to put Morecambe level.
The pair linked up beautifully once again to give the Shrimps the lead. Six minutes later Ayunga spotted Stockton’s run and delivered a perfect ball which the striker brought down and struck past Stockdale to put the Shrimps ahead.
In the 73rd minute Gnahoua tried his luck from distance but saw his effort fly over the bar.
Wycombe looked for an equaliser when Jacobson’s ball from the left found Akinfenwa in a dangerous position however his header didn’t trouble Trevor Carson in the Shrimps’ goal.
The Shrimps saw out the game to pick up an important three points and will be back in action next Saturday when they make the trip to Accrington Stanley.
Full-time: Morecambe 3-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Morecambe: Carson, Leigh, O’Connor, Bedeau, Diagouraga, Stockton (Duffus 90+1), Wildig (Fane 81’), Ayunga, McLaughlin, Cooney, Gnahoua
Subs not used: Letheren, McDonald, Phillips, Gibson, McCalmont
Goals: O’Connor 39’, Ayunga 60’, Stockton 67’
Bookings: Leigh 53’ Ayunga 86’
Red cards: None.
Wycombe Wanderers: Stockdale, Grimmer, Jacobson (De Barr 87’) Stewart, Tafazolli, Thompson (Horgan 75’), McLeary, Hanlan, Mehmeti (Wheeler 65’), Akinfenwa, Obita
Subs not used: Pryzbek, McCarthy, Pendlebury, Forino
Goals: Akinfenwa 2’, Grimmer 54’
Bookings: Tafazolli 58’ Jacobson 84’
Red cards: None.