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Youth Report | Bolton U18 3-3 Morecambe U18

18 November 2023

The young Shrimps snatched a late point courtesy of a stoppage time header from Andy Evans in a 3-3 draw against Bolton Wanderers earlier today.

Midfielder Cameron Rooney gave Morecambe the lead before the hosts scored three goals in nine minutes to turn the game on its head.

An outstanding showing of character in the second-half saw the Shrimps take a point as attacker Saul Fox-Akande and captain Andy Evans found the back of the net.

Ollie Ras’ side came flying out the blocks as they went in search of the opener as winger Callum Cooney crashed a shot against the post on three minutes.

On 14 minutes Fox-Akande was brought down inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot.

Cameron Rooney dispatched calmly to give the visitors the advantage on his return to the under-18s’ side.

But only one minute later Bolton were level. After chopping inside onto his right foot, left-back Oliver Smith’s effort hit the post and rolled beyond a helpless George Pedley.

The hosts’ attacker Harrison Fleury gave them the lead on 20 minutes as he wrapped an effort into the far corner from the edge of the area.

Bolton added a third soon after and Fleury grabbed his second of the day as the game approached the 30 minute mark.

Pedley prevented further damage as the first-half came to a close as he made a strong low save before midfielder Lennon Dobson was denied at the opposite end.

Half-time: Bolton 3-1 Morecambe

Bolton thought they had bagged their fourth of the day on 49 minutes as forward Yestin Shakespear turned home a rebound after an initial effort struck the post, but the linesman had his flag up for offside.

Ollie Ras’ young guns were applying constant pressure in the early stages of the second-half with both Dobson and Rooney coming close to reducing the deficit.

On 69 minutes right-back Joe Lynchey hammered a tremendous diagonal ball across to left-winger Adam Fairclough, whose first touch was outstanding before forcing a strong save from Bolton ‘keeper George Barlow.

Soon after Dobson floated a superb cross into the area and Fox-Akande was on hand to turn home from close range to make for an interesting final 15 minutes in Bolton.

The hosts came close to regaining their two goal cushion on 81 minutes as centre-back Sean Horan guided a header on target, but Pedley made a great save.

Only two minutes later they came close once again, this time hitting the post as they seemed almost certain to make it 4-2 and put the game to bed.

Dobson came agonisingly close to bagging Shrimps’ leveller on 88 minutes as his shot from distance was parried onto the bar and then collected by the Bolton goalkeeper.

The referee indicated a minimum of 5 additional minutes as Morecambe continued their hunt for an equaliser.

In the final moments the visitors won a corner. Everyone made their way into the hosts’ area including goalkeeper George Pedley.

The initial corner was cleared and after the ball was curled back into the area skipper Andy Evans fought through the bodies and guided a powerful header into the back of the net with only seconds remaining.

Celebrations ensued as the Shrimps got their reward for a tremendous showing of character  in the second-half.

Full-time: Bolton 3-3 Morecambe


Bolton: Barlow, Pinto (60’ Cutler), Smith, Inwood, Horan ©, Crayson, Westwood (73’ Leich), Irwin, Shakespear (62’ Lawrence), Fleury, Loureiro (72’ Lewis)

Subs not used: Abimbola


Morecambe: Pedley, Lynchey, Holden, Evans ©, Wright, Dobson, Mercer, Rooney, Cooney, Fairclough, Fox-Akande

Subs not used: Ascroft, Ballantyne, McKean, Goodyear, Whaite

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