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Youth Team Report | Morecambe 2-1 Dale

18 September 2023

Youth Team

Youth Team Report | Morecambe 2-1 Dale

18 September 2023

The Youth Team missed out on a point on the road as Morecambe scored a late winner to make it a league and cup double against Dale so far this campaign.

Luke Mann’s drilled equaliser looked like it was enough to see Dale manage their first draw of the season, but Morecambe’s goal with nine minutes remaining sealed their fate.

Dale, returning to league action after two cup defeats, had the better of the opening 15 minutes at Lancaster & Morecambe College. Mane looked particularly up for this one, getting the first attempts on goal, the second of which was well saved from the edge of the box.

Mann’s driving runs from midfield also caused the home side problems, his ball out wide finding Ayub, who delivered for Ehimamiegho, but the striker couldn’t quite compose himself on this occasion.

Morecambe then started to grow into the game, creating a few half chances before a big one fell to their number seven. He got in behind the Dale backline and looked for all the world like he was going to hit the target, but a stumble and a decision to play it across goal meant the chance came to nothing.

On 28 minutes, Ehimamiegho thought he was about to tap home after some superb wing play by Kelly, the number nine was beaten to the ball by the Morecambe defender to prevent a certain goal.

This proved decisive as on 32 minutes, Morecambe gained the advantage. It all came straight from a throw delivered to just outside the area and good awareness from their forward as he slotted in their left winger to convert past MacLorg and break the deadlock.

Five minutes before half-time, Mane should’ve got Dale level. Mann’s free-kick evaded everyone but Mane at the back post, his attempt was straight at the ‘keeper from only six yards out.

The Shrimps began the second half as they finished the first and hit the woodwork in the 49th minute. It came straight from a free-kick, and what was meant to be a cross turned into a problem for MacLorg, who watched it connect with his crossbar and out of play.

Ayub had a great chance to score after being picked out by Kelly, but he snatched at it.

And as Dale grabbed the momentum just after the hour mark, they got their leveller, and it was Mann who got it. Ehimamiegho, who had his back to goal, did extremely well to hold off the challenges, he remained patient and teed it up perfectly for Mann to power it low into the back of the net.

Both sides then went all out for the final 20 minutes to find a winner in what proved to be an equal contest.

However, as Dale looked promising at one end, they were caught cold at the other as Morecambe regained their lead in the 81st minute. A break down the right and a superb ball from a Morecambe midfielder to find their left winger, who got in behind Ayub, allowed him to slot home to MacLorg’s left-hand side to give the home side all three points.

MacLorg did make a great save to prevent a third goal, which would’ve been harsh on Dale in the 90th minute, a Morecambe forward failed to convert the home sides final opportunity.

Morecambe with that result, go to the top of the division with four wins from four, and Dale sit in 10th with one victory.

Attentions turn to Saturday when the Youth Team travel to winless Stockport with kick-off at 10.30am.

DALE XI | MacLorg, Ayub, Dos Santos, Edghill, Horne, Edwards, Dunlop, Mann, Mane, Ehimamiegho, Kelly

Subs | Nicholson, Clift, Burgess, Bispo Martinez

Report by Joe Heaton.

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