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Reds exit Lancashire Senior Cup

9 January 2024

Match Reports

Reds exit Lancashire Senior Cup

9 January 2024

The Shrimps exit the Lancashire Senior Cup after falling to defeat against Barrow AFC.

Goals from Cammy Smith and Saul Fox-Akande cancelled out Dom Telford's 24th minute opener to give the Shrimps a half-time lead.

A strong second half showing from the Bluebirds however saw Telford complete his hat-trick with Sam Bellis and Robbie Gotts also finding themselves on the scoresheet.

An ambitious effort from Telford inside two minutes produced the first shot on target of proceedings, though the effort was too far out to truly test Archie Mair in the Morecambe goal. 

Telford came close on eight minutes after receiving the pass 12 yards from goal, shifting onto his right foot and pulling the trigger, forcing Mair to palm the ball away with a full-stretched dive.

Similarly, at the other end, a well-worked move saw the ball played to Cammy Smith who managed an effort on target, with Josh Lillis equal to the close-range strike.

Oscar Threlkeld dispossessed a Barrow man inside the opposition half on 16 minutes and played the ball to Smith, his effort flying wide of Lillis’ left-hand post.

The visitors took the lead midway through the first half. After a Shrimps defender was dispossessed, Telford found himself one-on-one, before coolly finishing beyond Mair. 

The Shrimps responded 10 minutes later. A terrific move down the right saw Gwion Edwards’ attempt deflected into the path of Cammy Smith who thundered an effort from the edge of the box into the back of the net.

Five minutes before the break, Saul Fox-Akande fired the reds in front. Edwards did excellently to dispossess Mazeed Ogungbo down the right, break into the opposition area and find Fox-Akande who made no mistake from six yards.

Half-time: Morecambe 2 Barrow AFC 1

Some tidy footwork from Charlie Brown saw the Morecambe forward break into the opposition box before being intercepted at the last second, whereas a big chance fell to Ged Garner at the other end, but his tame effort rolled narrowly wide of the far post.

Bellis levelled proceedings on 56 minutes after latching onto a perfectly threaded through ball, advancing into the area, and finding the target with a powerful strike.

Within a matter of minutes, the game was turned on its head as Barrow capitalised on a defensive error before Gotts slotted an effort into the bottom left corner.

Bellis scored his second, and Barrow’s fourth, on 66 minutes; the forward received the pass from Gotts before side-footing the ball into the bottom far corner.

Mair was called into action with just under 20 minutes to play as Garner found space in the box to receive the ball and hit a first-time effort at the Norwich City loanee who collected comfortably.

Barrow’s fifth came as the visitors worked the ball down the left and inside the Morecambe box, eventually playing in Telford who slammed home from close range.

Looking to pull one back, Threlkeld did well to meet Adam Fairclough’s corner at the near post, but he could only send the ball wide.

Telford grabbed his hat-trick on 78 minutes after meeting the cross in a busy penalty area and bundling the ball home.

Full-time: Morecambe 2 Barrow AFC 6

Morecambe: Mair, Melbourne, Evans, Dobson, Stokes © (Holden, HT), Threlkeld, Edwards (Fairclough, HT), Brown (Rooney, 59’), Fox-Akande, C Smith, Ballantyne.

Subs not used: Pedley, Fairclough, Williams.

Goals: C Smith (34’), Fox-Akande (40’).

Bookings: None.

Red cards: None.

Barrow AFC: Lillis, Ogungbo, Garner, White, Gotts © (Trialist A, 72’), Foley, Telford, Feely (Bray, HT), Reeve, Etaluku, Bells.

Subs not used: Farman, Taylor.

Goals: Telford (24’, 73’, 78’), Bellis (56’, 66’), Gotts (58’).

Bookings: None.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 55.

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