MATCH REPORT: MORECAMBE 1-1 SOUTHEND UNITED
Blues managed to pick up a hard-earned point away at promotion pushing Morecambe, as an incredible strike by Cole Stockton cancelled out Timothee Dieng’s first-half opener.
Southend travelled to the Mazuma Stadium in desperate need of three points against Morecambe following results over the Easter weekend.
Blues started the better of the two sides and took a deserved lead following a lengthy spell of pressure just after the quarter of an hour mark, following a superb whipped cross by Elvis Bwomono from the right-wing which was met by Timothee Dieng who thumped his header into the top corner at the near post.
On the 25-minute mark, Blues went close again, as a Nathan Ferguson free-kick from around 25-yards out stung the palms of Kyle Letheren in the Shrimpers goal.
The home side started to get into the game, as a long ball up the pitch on the half-hour mark fell to Cole Stockton on the edge of Blues area which saw the former Tranmere Rovers man turn and drag a shot wide of Mark Oxley’s goal.
The second half started with neither team taking control of the match, although from a failed Blues clearance five minutes into the second half, the hosts recorded their first effort on target through Stockton, as the Morecambe striker cut inside from the left-wing and had a shot that stung the palms of Oxley at the near post.
Ten minutes into the second-half Morecambe found an equaliser through Stockton, as a right-wing cross was headed away to the edge of the area, which Stockton met and buried a first-time volley straight into the bottom right-hand corner of Blues goal.
Morecambe went close to taking the lead in the 65th minute as a cleared corner from the right-hand side was headed out to Aaron Wildig who’s shot whistled narrowly over the crossbar.
Just moments later, Blues sprung a good counter-attack as Shaun Hobson picked out Dieng on the edge of the Morecambe penalty area who chested down the pass and fired towards goal which forced a save out of Letheren.
The second-half petered out with no real chances despite both sides going for the winning goal.
Mark Molesley’s men will be looking to go again when they play Crawley at Roots Hall on Saturday.
Morecambe Line-up: Kyle Letheren, Kelvin Mellor, Stephen Hendrie, Sam Lavelle, Harry Davis, Toumani Diagouraga, Cole Stockton, Aaron Wildig, Carlos Mendes Gomes, Alex Kenyon, John O’Sullivan
Subs Not Used: Mark Halstead, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Brad Lyons, Ben Pringle, Liam McAlinden, Ryan Cooney, Freddie Price.
Blues Line-up: Mark Oxley, Elvis Bwomono, Shaun Hobson, Tyler Cordner, Timothee Dieng, Tom Clifford, Reece Hackett-Fairchild, Ashley Nathaniel-George (Ricky Holmes, 59’), Greg Halford (Emile Acquah, 75’), Jason Demetriou (Kyle Taylor, 75’), Nathan Ferguson.
Subs Not Used: Harry Seaden, Brandon Goodship, Terrell Egbri, Harry Kyprianou.