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Morecambe's youngsters climbed two league places to second as they out gunned an impressive Curzon Ashton.
The young Morecambe squad bounced back to winning ways showing tremendous character and a stylish display to come out on top in a competitive and testing 90 minutes. The first half was end to end with Morecambe taking the lead on 30 minutes. From a Wainright corner the impressive Will Bell powered into the Curzon penalty area and headed the ball into the top corner of the net.
Morecambe's keeper Luke Pybis had to be at his best and made two outstanding saves as Curzon pressed for the equaliser.
The second half started as fast and furious as the first half had finished, Curzon got a break when they were awarded a penalty after the ball had bounced up and hit a Morecambe defender's arm. The Curzon penalty was scored which made it 1-1 in the 55th minute
Undeterred the Morecambe team upped their game, full backs Harrison and Britton overlapping at every opportunity, Captain Houghton and Sloan dominated the central midfield and Gate and Suthers caused problems in the wide midfield positions as they outpaced the full backs delivering dangerous crosses in the box.
Morecambe's pressure paid off when a six man passing move put Wainright through to score Morecambe's second on 65 minutes.
In the 75th minute Morecambe went 3-1 up when Wainright whipped in a free kick which substitute Robbie Hunter bravely met, heading the ball from the Curzon keeper's grasp and in to the roof of the net.
Wearing, Sloan and Selby worked unselfishly until the final whistle along with substitutes Walker, Finney and Walker to ensure the young guns got their just rewards
Morcambe: L. Pybis, B. Harrison, K. Britton, W. Bell, L. Selby, S. Houghton (capt) S. Wearing, E. Gate, L. Wainright, C. Suthers, K. Sloan. Subs used - R.Walker, L.Finney, R.Hunter. Not used - L.Cutts, J.Cookson
A resilient Morecambe side earned a well deserved point against a very good Curzon Ashton team at the Globe Arena which will keep the under 17's third in the league table.
The first half was played at a fast pace with both teams closing each other down, chances were created but it remained goalless at half time with both keepers making some fine saves. ( Luke Pybis for Morecambe fc)
The young Shrimps went in front on the hour when Simon Wearing finished off in style from a Liam Wainright cross from the left.
Lewis Finney, Kieron Sloan and Sam Houghton played some flowing football through the middle of the park but with 15 minutes to go the pressure paid off for Curzon who equalized when a loose ball from a cross broke to their player on the six yard line and he blasted it into the Morecambe net to make it 1-1
The game was still end to end with both teams missing chances to win the game which finally ended up with honours shared.
Morecambe: L Pybis, R Walker, R Hunter, W Bell, L Selby, S Houghton (capt) S Wearing, K Sloan, J Riley, L Finney, L Wainright. Sub used - C.Doyle. Not used - J.Cookson, S.Johnson, L.Cutts,
Oct 26 2010 by Paul Snowdon, Liverpool Echo
In the eighth minute at the Giant Axe Stadium in Lancaster, Bram Johnstone cut through the defence to give the under-16s an early lead. The lads might have added more in a positive opening 20 minutes.
However, injuries to key players and a wintry storm blew the visitors off course in the second period.
Had it not been for a magnificent display of goalkeeping from Luke Pybis the final scoreline of 2-1 may have been greater.
This included a brilliant double save at the height of a downpour, but even the Fazakerley High School number one couldn’t stop the third shot which proved the winner for the hosts.
Shared the under-14 honours with Liverpool, on finals’ night at Prenton Park, the home of Tranmere Rovers.
“In the younger age category (under 14), Law gave the
On the stroke of half-time, Joyce netted an equaliser as the league winners came more into the game.
After the interval, the Reds dominated possession, but failed to capitalise on a series of free-kicks as the game petered out to a 1-1 draw.”