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Shrimps bow out of FA Cup

6 January 2024

Match Reports

Shrimps bow out of FA Cup

6 January 2024

The Shrimps bow out of the FA Cup following a spirited performance in South Wales.

Two second half goals courtesy of Charlie Patino and Jerry Yates was enough to see the Swans advance to the fourth round.

An early strike on six minutes courtesy of Azeem Abdulai took a wicked deflection and nearly crept in through the inside of Adam Smith’s left-hand post, but the ball struck the side-netting.

The Shrimps were presented with an opening chance on goal just before the 10-minute mark. A corner was whipped in and fell to Chris Stokes, but the defender couldn’t manage to get the shot off before the hosts cleared.

A piece of brilliance from Smith kept the score level on 14 minutes. Charlie Patino’s powerful header forced the Shrimps’ stopper into a full-stretched diving save to palm the ball over the crossbar, denying the Arsenal loanee an opener. 

Some nice one-two play from the Swans saw Kristian Pedersen find space inside the left-hand side of Morecambe’s box on 33 minutes. Jacob Bedeau applied the pressure before the delivery which was fired straight at Farrend Rawson who cleared the danger.

A big chance fell to former Crystal Palace man Yannick Bolasie moments later. After cutting inside, he unleashed a venomous effort which rattled the netting above Smith’s goal.

Another dangerous corner in the closing stages for the Shrimps courtesy of Jake Taylor was swung in underneath the opposition crossbar, but a white shirt managed the first contact as the ball was hurried away.

Despite a number of big chances, a solid defensive display from the Shrimps saw the score level at the halfway stage.

Half-time: Swansea City 0 Morecambe 0

Two minutes into the second half, the home side found themselves ahead. Sam Parker’s cross into the mix found Patino who side-footed the ball home from close range.

It was nearly two for Swansea, and Patino, minutes later. Abdulai’s drifted the cross toward the back post where the goal scorer’s header rolled just wide of the target. 

Just past the hour mark, a chance went begging for Ged Brannan’s men as Joel Senior’s low cross, which was aiming for Charlie Brown, failed to reach its intended target.

Seconds after coming on, Tom Bloxham pounced on a loose ball and let fly from distance, though the ball flew well wide and didn’t test Andrew Fisher.

The Shrimps continued trying to find ways to trouble the Swansea back line, and debutant Gwion Edwards looked to thread a ball forward into the path of Yann Songo’o, but the pass was cut out by a white shirt. 

Pedersen came close to doubling the home side’s advantage with five minutes of normal time to play, but after receiving the pass, his first-time strike had too much elevation and cleared the bar.

The winner came moments later through Jerry Yates. A defensive header fell straight to the former Blackpool man who found the bottom corner from the edge of the Morecambe box.

Full-time: Swansea City 2 Morecambe 0

Swansea City: Fisher, Pedersen, Allen © (Grimes, 57’), Yates (Kukharevych, 87’), Bolasie (Paterson, 68’), Patino, Wood, Naughton, Cooper, Parker (Cullen, 68’), Abdulai (Humphreys, 58’).

Subs not used: Rushworth, Tjoe-A-On, Wilson, Lissah.

Goals: Patino (47’), Yates (87’).

Bookings: Wood.

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: A Smith, Tutonda, Bedeau, Rawson ©, Songo’o (Mellon, 77’), Senior, Slew (Mayor, 70’), Stokes (C Smith, 77’), Taylor, Brown (Bloxham, 69’), Threlkeld (Edwards, 54’).

Subs not used: Pedley, Melbourne, Fox-Akande.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Mayor, Edwards.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 7,670.

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