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Youth Report | Wrexham U18 2-3 Morecambe U18

20 January 2024

Match Reports

Youth Report | Wrexham U18 2-3 Morecambe U18

20 January 2024

Ollie Ras’ U18s produced a sensational comeback to secure all three points in Wrexham.

Joe Lynchey returned to the starting line-up following a spell on the sidelines through injury. 

Lewis Ballantyne - who had been featuring at right-back in the absence of Lynchey - started in midfield for the first time this calendar year. 

Wrexham came flying out the blocks, as they fired beyond Pedley twice within a four-minute spell in the opening quarter-of-an-hour.

Fairclough slotted home before the break to reduce the arrears, before Matthew Williams and Saul Fox-Akande netted in an outstanding second-half showing from the Shrimps.

A powerful run down the left saw Fairclough win Morecambe a corner in the opening 30 seconds, but the visitors were unable to make the most of the set piece.

The deadlock was broken on 10 minutes as a Wrexham forward fired into the roof of Pedley’s net at the near post. 

Soon after, they doubled their advantage as a free-kick from the right was flicked into the far corner giving our ‘keeper no chance.

On 23 minutes, the ball sat nicely for Lynchey on the edge of the area, but the right-back’s shot flew over the bar. 

The Shrimps continued to apply pressure as they went in search of pulling one goal back. 

Attacker Saul Fox-Akande forced the hosts’ goalkeeper into a strong save after he fired from close range, which ultimately won a corner.

On 33 minutes, Morecambe were awarded a penalty as Fox-Akande was bundled over inside the area.

Winger Adam Fairclough stepped up and coolly converted from the spot to reduce the deficit to one. 

As half-time approached, Ballantyne and Fairclough were both shown yellow cards.

Half-time: Wrexham 2-1 Morecambe

Following their goal shortly before the interval, Morecambe came out fighting in the second-half to find the leveller, and they didn’t have to wait long until parity was restored. 

Matty Williams showed brilliant power to fight through a challenge before firing towards goal. His shot deflected over Wrexham’s shot-stopper and into the back of the net, on 52 minutes. 

Shortly after the hour mark, Ollie Ras made his first alteration as midfielder Jack Crane replaced Ballantyne.

The first switch was followed with two further changes soon after, as Callum Cooney and Joe Sowerby replaced Joe Lynchey and Leyton Holden. 

The scorer of our first, Fairclough, continued a fine display with another effort on goal which forced the Wrexham ‘keeper into a strong low save. 

The hosts had a golden opportunity to regain the lead with 12 minutes left to play, as a newly-introduced attacker got in behind our defence before going around Pedley, but the angle became too tight to hit the target. 

Ollie Ras’ side played some brilliant football in the second-half, both individually and most importantly as a team. 

This was shown in abundance as the clock struck 82 minutes.

The young Shrimps built from the back following a goal kick and after some outstanding play as a team, the ball found it’s way to Fox-Akande, who made no mistake rolling the ball into the back of the net to give us the lead.

After being 2-0 down early in the game, Morecambe’s U18s had staged a brilliant comeback, but the job wasn’t over yet. 

Wrexham looked to peg us back moments after our goal, but their effort from outside the area was calmly claimed by Pedley.

As the game entered stoppage time, we made our final change of the day. Striker Max Holden entered the fray as Matty Williams was withdrawn.

The young Shrimps’ defence stood firm in the closing stages as we claimed all three points and leapfrogged Wrexham in the table.

Full-time: Wrexham 2-3 Morecambe

Morecambe: Pedley, Lynchey (65’ Cooney), Evans (C), L. Holden (65’ Sowerby), Wright, Ballantyne (61’ Crane), Mercer, McKean, Fairclough, Williams (90’ M. Holden), Fox-Akande 

Subs not used: Scales

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