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Report | Sheffield Wednesday 2 Morecambe 0

4 November 2022

Morecambe were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup on Friday evening, in a 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Shrimps can count themselves unfortunate to leave in defeat after creating a number of chances on goal, but it was Josh Windass and Alex Mighten's strikes that ultimately proved the difference.

It was a slow start to proceedings at Hillsborough, as both sides were taking their time to find gaps and break the deadlock. Both sides had an effort on goal in the opening few moments, as Dylan Connolly's effort from a tight angle following a counter-attack was well saved by the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper.

At the other end, Michael Smith was given the space to head freely at goal from a cross from the left, but the frontman nodded his effort wide of the post.

The hosts hit the post 20 minutes in, as Alex Mighten received the ball back from Michael Smith to fire at goal first time. His strike took a deflection on it's way to goal before bouncing off the post and going clear.

Morecambe were holding their own in the opening half, defending well and not allowing Wednesday any space to break them down. It was going to take something special to open the deadlock, and Josh Windass provided that half an hour in, curling a strike in from distance right into the top corner to open the scoring.

Morecambe were threatening on the counter, despite going behind to a cruel goal, with Jensen Weir testing the gloves of David Stockdale as the half wore on. Aside from the goal, there was very little in the first-half and Morecambe went into the break a goal down.

Half-time: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Morecambe 0

Derek Adams made one change at half-time, bringing on Kieran Phillips in place of Jacob Bedeau to try and make a difference up front.

The Shrimps had a golden chance to equalise five minutes into the second half through Phillips who, in noticing the goalkeeper rushing off his line, opted to chip the ball over his head, with the ball just being cleared away by a defender scampering back.

Morecambe were creating chances on goal, with Jensen Weir testing David Stockdale from distance on the hour mark, with the goalkeeper there to beat the effort away.

With Morecambe looking in the ascendency, the hosts doubled their lead. A lapse back pass from Ryan Cooney allowed Alex Mighten to pick up the ball and fire a shot under Connor Ripley to make it 2-0 and in the end seal the victory for the hosts.

Cole Stockton and Ousmane Fane were brought on late into the second half, as Derek Adams tried to shake things up, but it ended in a frustrating night for the Shrimps, who exited the Emirates FA Cup at the first round stage.

Full-time: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Morecambe 0

Sheffield Wednesday: Stockdale, Vaulks, Iorfa, Wilks (Paterson 81'), Windass Dele-Bashiru 70'), Bakinson, Smith, Hunt (Ihiekwe 70'), James (Johnson 70'), McGuiness, Mighten

Subs Not Used: Charles, Brown, Gregory, Bannan, Paterson, Byers.

Goals: Windass (31'), Mighten (65')

Bookings: Johnson

Red cards:

Morecambe: Ripley, Gibson, Rawson, Delaney, Connolly, Gnahoua (Watts 78'), Weir, Bedeau (Phillips, 46'), Shaw, Cooney, O'Connor.

Subs Not Used: Smith, Fane, Stockton, Obika.

Goals:

Bookings: Weir

Red cards:

Attendance: 8,558


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