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"A really exciting period" | Morecambe U18 update

11 September 2023

“A really exciting period” was how Lead Development Phase Coach Ollie Ras described the Under 18’s start to the season as the Young Shrimps have been in red hot form.

Morecambe FC Under 18’s have started the season in fabulous form with 7 wins from their opening 7 matches in all competitions.

In Youth Alliance League action, the Young Shrimps have won 3 from 3 with an opening day 2-0 victory away at Shrewsbury Town starting the momentum. This was followed up by consecutive 4-1 wins over Oldham Athletic away from home and Stockport County on home soil.

The scholars have also had a rampaging start in their Youth Alliance Cup group with a 2-0 home win over Carlisle United getting the cup journey underway. A 2-1 win away at Blackpool followed that up with Doncaster Rovers to play at home in their final group game.

The Lancashire Youth FA Cup has also been a happy hunting ground for the Young Shrimps. With a 2-1 first round win over Rochdale away from home, this puts Morecambe into the latter stages of the competition where they await the draw to find out their next opponents.

Finally, the Clarets Cup. In a competition that has spiralled from last season into this season, Morecambe FC have reached the FINAL! After a 4-2 home win over Sheffield United, we eagerly await information on the final where we have a real chance of collecting silverware.

During an action-packed and successful start to the campaign, Jack McKean & Saul Fox-Akande lead the way in the scoring charts. Jack has registered 3 goals in the opening 7 games with Saul sitting out in front with 4 goals to his name since matchday one.

On the start to the campaign, Lead Development Phase Coach, Ollie Ras (pictured) said, “We are absolutely delighted with the effort and application we have seen in all competitions from the players. It has been a really exciting period for them all and they can see themselves developing and the opportunities that might lie ahead if they continue to do so.”

“For us as a coaching team, we just want to enable each individual to become better and stronger and they are doing that. To have such a big volume of games and competitions allows us to get more game time into each player which allows them to go and implement what they are doing in training on a more consistent basis. If we only had the league, we would have played 3 games to this point but as it stands its 7 games and having games coming so frequently helps them massively.” 

“Everybody has seen the journey of Adam Mayor over the last season or so and that Cameron Rooney, Lennon Dobson, Andy Evans & Nathan Mercer have had a taste of the first team environment, so it gives them something to aspire to and it also shows them the pathway if they keep working hard and adding to their skillset.”

Information on the Claret Cup Final will be available in due course.


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