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Youth Report | Morecambe U18 2-0 Oldham Athletic U18

3 February 2024

Academy

Youth Report | Morecambe U18 2-0 Oldham Athletic U18

3 February 2024

Saul Fox-Akande netted a brace as the young Shrimps picked up all three points against Oldham Athletic.

George Pedley returned in between the sticks, whilst Joe Sowerby started following Leyton Holden’s midweek exit on loan.

Due to injury, Ollie Ras was forced to play two wingers - Callum Cooney and Adam Fairclough - at full-back.

Lewis Ballantyne came back into midfield and forward Saul Fox-Akande regained his starting spot following last weekend’s EFL debut.

Fox-Akande found the back of Oldham’s net on two occasions before the break. His first effort was rifled home following a Jack McKean free-kick, prior to producing a sensational effort to double his tally.

The encounter was evenly balanced in the early stages, before energetic midfielder Nathan Mercer looked to have given the Shrimps the lead on five minutes, but the linesman flagged for offside in the build up.

Matthew Williams - who was made available for today’s fixture, after also joining Kendal Town on loan - sent a great cross to the back post for the arriving Ballantyne, who forced the visitors’ shot-stopper into a smart save. 

On 18 minutes, Jack McKean sent a brilliant delivery into the area from a free-kick, Fox-Akande was lurking at the far post and rifled into the back of the net to give us the advantage.

We doubled our lead seven minutes later and it was Fox-Akande on target again.

Mercer showed brilliant determination to battle through several opponents and keep possession, before the ball found its way to Fox-Akande on the edge of the box, who lifted his head and arrowed an outstanding effort into the top left hand corner.

Four minutes before the break, the Latics looked to pull one back but skipper Andy Evans showed tremendous defensive ability to turn behind for a corner, which ultimately resulted in nothing for the visitors.

Half-time: Morecambe 2-0 Oldham Athletic

The game entered a lull as the second-half got underway.

On 62 minutes, Ollie Ras made his first substitution as Freddie Gordon replaced Billy Whaite.

Two more changes followed for Morecambe as McKean and Evans made way for attacker Max Holden and midfielder Jack Crane.

Alfie Atherton took aim from distance as the game entered the final 15 minutes, his effort landed into the arms of a composed George Pedley following a deflection.

The young Shrimps created very little going forward during the second-half with the main focus being to hold the lead they had.

One rare opportunity in the closing stages fell the way of Williams, who was picked out brilliantly by Mercer, but the ‘keeper was aware of the danger and collected the ball on the edge of the box before our attacker could pounce.

Full-time: Morecambe 2-0 Oldham Athletic

 

Morecambe: Pedley, Cooney, Evans © (Crane 72’), Sowerby, Fairclough, Mercer, Ballantyne, Williams, McKean (Holden 72’), Whaite (Gordon 62’), Fox-Akande

Subs not used: Scales, Dobson

 

Oldham Athletic: Murdock, Chapman (Mbakwa 82’), Withers, Davidson, Williams, Havens, Atherton, Rhodes (Holden 59’), Ndienguila, Chukwugbo (Dengoue 69’), Spencer

Subs not used: Lawrenson, Lopey-Leoriente


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