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Youth Team Report | Dale 0-1 Morecambe

16 April 2023

Youth Team

Youth Team Report | Dale 0-1 Morecambe

16 April 2023

Dale’s 11 game unbeaten run in the Youth Alliance League came to an end following a 1-0 defeat to Morecambe at the Bower Fold Stadium.

The game had few chances in the first half. Paul Kyffin, Niall Ayub and Kevin Dos Santos all having efforts for Dale but were unable to find the breakthrough.

It was the visitors who had the best chance of the first-half. With 34 minutes on the clock, the Morecambe striker was played through, one on one with MacLorg, taking it around his outstretched body but only managing to fire the ball against the post.

Into the second-half, Zak Greenwell had a great chance to put Dale ahead. Some clever work on the left from Darren Ehimamiegho, created the opportunity for the ball to be flashed across the face of the goal to Greenwell but he could not direct the ball towards the net.

Dale were punished for that earlier miss, as with 63 minutes played Morecambe took the lead from a corner. The ball bounced around the six-yard box following a miskick clearance from Dale and the Morecambe man reacted quickest to fire it into the goal.

The lads responded positively following going behind in the game and thought they had found an equaliser after 70 minutes until the assistant referee denied the goal by raising his flag for offside.

Four minutes later, the same scenario. Dale believed they had levelled the scoring but the assistant referee once again judged the goal to be offside.

Dale kept rallying and applying pressure on the Morecambe defence and in the final minute of the allotted 90, there were huge appeals from the Dale team and bench for a handball in the area. The referee immediately waved away any appeals and signalled for a corner instead.

It appeared the penalty appeals were the last acts of the game as the referee blew the whistle for full-time, with the visitors taking all three points.

DALE XI: MacLorg, Cunningham, Watts, Nevett, Sutton, Ayub, Dos Santos, Kyffin, Greenwell, Ehimamiegho, Kelly.

SUBS: Dunlop (46’), Nicholson, Mann (69’), Yaduat (69’), Akpan (88’).

Report by Luke Westmorland

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