Kevin Ellison celebrated signing a new one-year contract with a stunning strike for Morecambe in their convincing win over Rochdale.

Chris McCready stabbed home from Ryan Williams's corner to open the scoring.

Ellison, who committed his future to the the Shrimps before the game, fired in a 35-yard volley to double their lead.

Three minutes later Andy Fleming slotted in from Will Haining's cross, as Keith Hill's Dale slumped to a second successive 3-0 defeat.

The visitors, who lost to Accrington on Tuesday, saw their best chance come from Terry Gornell in the second half, but his low shot was well saved by Barry Roche.

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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Kevin's goal was certainly the best I've seen in a Morecambe shirt.

"If it was in the Premier League, it would be all over Match of the Day tonight. It was an unbelievable strike.

"It came at a time when Rochdale were on top and it settled everyone down.

"I'm sure everyone will go away talking about that strike. It was that good."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"There were no strong words after Tuesday because I think it took everybody by surprise. The performance wasn't too bad there.

"We never got going today and the performance really disappointed me today.

"I've seen the true colours of one or two of my players today. You can't afford to have two or three players who aren't performing to a respectable standard and expect to be competitive against a team like Morecambe."

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Morecambe 3-0 Rochdale FT
(HT 1-0)
  • McCready 9
  • Ellison 60
  • Fleming 63

    Morecambe

    • 01 Roche
    • 02 Fenton
    • 06 Haining
    • 08 Wright
    • 15 McCready (Doyle 90+1)
    • 16 Drummond
    • 17 Fleming yellow card (Burrow 77)
    • 09 Alessandra
    • 10 Williams
    • 26 Holroyd (Ellison 55)
    • 27 Redshaw

    Substitutes

    • 25 Arestidou,
    • 03 Threlfall,
    • 12 Parkinson,
    • 23 Doyle,
    • 11 Ellison,
    • 20 Mwasile,
    • 14 Burrow

    Rochdale

    • 01 Lillis
    • 03 Bennett
    • 05 Cansdell-Sherriff
    • 12 P Edwards
    • 25 Rose (McIntyre 66)
    • 06 Barry-Murphy (Thompson 66)
    • 07 Kennedy
    • 28 Jones
    • 22 Grant
    • 27 Gornell (Grimes 74)
    • 40 Henderson

    Substitutes

    • 13 Collis,
    • 02 Rafferty,
    • 11 Grimes,
    • 14 McIntyre,
    • 23 Haworth,
    • 29 Thompson,
    • 09 Donnelly
    Ref: BoyesonAtt: 2,028
    MORECAMBE
    ROCHDALE

    Possession

    • Morecambe 52%
    • Rochdale 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Morecambe 4
    • Rochdale 6

    Attempts off target

    • Morecambe 3
    • Rochdale 7

    Corners

    • Morecambe 3
    • Rochdale 1

    Fouls

    • Morecambe 15
    • Rochdale 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:33 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+0:22 Substitution Chris Doyle comes on in place of Christopher McCready.
    • 89:52 Shot from outside the box by Bobby Grant goes wide right of the target.
    • 85:58 The ball is delivered by Bobby Grant, clearance made by Christopher McCready.
    • 84:10 Foul by Phil Edwards on Kevin Ellison, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andrew Wright.
    • 83:30 Unfair challenge on Rhys Bennett by Kevin Ellison results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
    • 82:07 Lewis Alessandra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rhys Bennett. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:54 Unfair challenge on Bobby Grant by Stewart Drummond results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Bobby Grant, comfortable save by Barry Roche.
    • 76:39 Substitution Jordan Burrow comes on in place of Andrew Fleming.
    • 74:53 Foul by Andrew Wright on Bobby Grant, free kick awarded. Rhys Bennett restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:44 Substitution Ashley Grimes replaces Terry Gornell.
    • 73:27 The ball is crossed by Joe Thompson, Nicholas Fenton makes a clearance.
    • 72:07 Lewis Alessandra takes a shot. Comfortable save by Josh Lillis.
    • 70:53 Joe Thompson crosses the ball, save made by Barry Roche.
    • 70:16 Terry Gornell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Fleming. Stewart Drummond takes the free kick.
    • 69:47 Lewis Alessandra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
    • 68:59 Terry Gornell concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Wright. Direct free kick taken by Nicholas Fenton.
    • 66:17 Unfair challenge on Joe Thompson by Kevin Ellison results in a free kick. Rhys Bennett takes the direct free kick.
    • 65:12 Substitution Joe Thompson on for Brian Barry-Murphy.
    • 65:12 Substitution (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Kevin McIntyre coming on for Michael Rose.
    • 65:02 Jason Kennedy has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 64:00 Kevin Ellison crosses the ball.
    • 62:22 The assist for the goal came from Will Haining.
    • 62:22 GOAL - Andrew FlemingMorecambe 3 - 0 Rochdale Goal scored by Andrew Fleming from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Morecambe 3-0 Rochdale.
    • 62:07 Will Haining crosses the ball,
    • 59:21 GOAL - Kevin EllisonMorecambe 2 - 0 Rochdale Kevin Ellison scores agoal from 35 yards to to the top right corner of the goal. Morecambe 2-0 Rochdale.
    • 58:23 Jason Kennedy takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher McCready.
    • 57:25 The referee blows for offside against Lewis Alessandra. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
    • 55:58 Foul by Kevin Ellison on Phil Edwards, free kick awarded. Josh Lillis takes the free kick.
    • 54:16 Substitution Kevin Ellison replaces Chris Holroyd.
    • 53:30 Lewis Alessandra has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 51:52 Foul by Andrew Wright on Ritchie Jones, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Michael Rose, clearance made by Andrew Fleming.
    • 50:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Will Haining on Ian Henderson. Michael Rose crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Andrew Fleming.
    • 47:48 The ball is delivered by Bobby Grant.
    • 46:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Rose by Chris Holroyd. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:13 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:10 Ritchie Jones takes a shot. Save made by Barry Roche.
    • 44:44 Stewart Drummond concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Grant. Brian Barry-Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 43:21 Lewis Alessandra delivers the ball, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:55 Terry Gornell crosses the ball, Stewart Drummond manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:14 The ball is sent over by Ian Henderson, clearance by Nicholas Fenton.
    • 39:02 The ball is swung over by Lewis Alessandra.
    • 38:45 Rhys Bennett challenges Lewis Alessandra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Wright restarts play with the free kick.
    • 36:21 The ball is sent over by Terry Gornell, Nicholas Fenton makes a clearance.
    • 35:49 Terry Gornell takes a shot. Will Haining gets a block in.
    • 35:00 Ian Henderson takes a shot. Christopher McCready gets a block in.
    • 33:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Grant on Andrew Wright. Barry Roche takes the direct free kick.
    • 29:19 Terry Gornell produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
    • 28:24 The ball is swung over by Lewis Alessandra.
    • 27:10 Chris Holroyd fouled by Michael Rose, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Stewart Drummond, clearance by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff. Corner taken by Ryan Williams from the right by-line to the near post, Jason Kennedy manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Williams, clearance made by Terry Gornell.
    • 26:18 The ball is crossed by Ian Henderson.
    • 26:00 A cross is delivered by Chris Holroyd, save by Josh Lillis.
    • 23:33 Effort on goal by Terry Gornell from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 22:22 Phil Edwards fouled by Jack Redshaw, the ref awards a free kick. Rhys Bennett takes the free kick.
    • 21:57 Jack Redshaw is caught offside. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.
    • 21:20 Terry Gornell takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher McCready.
    • 20:34 Rhys Bennett sends in a cross, Terry Gornell takes a shot. Save by Barry Roche. Shot by Ian Henderson. Blocked by Christopher McCready.
    • 19:43 Foul by Stewart Drummond on Bobby Grant, free kick awarded. Rhys Bennett takes the free kick.
    • 18:35 Andrew Fleming has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
    • 17:59 Unfair challenge on Nicholas Fenton by Ritchie Jones results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicholas Fenton.
    • 17:30 Will Haining has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 14:51 Ian Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Will Haining. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:41 Jason Kennedy fouled by Stewart Drummond, the ref awards a free kick. Bobby Grant restarts play with the free kick.
    • 11:49 Ian Henderson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
    • 11:06 Jack Redshaw challenges Phil Edwards unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Rhys Bennett from right wing, clearance by Will Haining.
    • 9:33 Floated corner taken from the left by-line by Michael Rose.
    • 8:37 The assist for the goal came from Ryan Williams.
    • 8:37 GOAL - Christopher McCreadyMorecambe 1 - 0 Rochdale Goal scored by Christopher McCready from close range low into the middle of the goal. Morecambe 1-0 Rochdale.
    • 8:08 Ryan Williams delivers the ball, blocked by Brian Barry-Murphy. Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Williams,
    • 6:55 The ball is sent over by Jack Redshaw.
    • 3:48 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff takes the free kick.
    • 3:48 Booking Andrew Fleming is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 3:40 Unfair challenge on Bobby Grant by Andrew Fleming results in a free kick.
    • 2:35 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Bobby Grant misses to the left of the target.
    • 1:35 Terry Gornell challenges Nicholas Fenton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrew Wright.
    • 0:47 Foul by Ritchie Jones on Andrew Wright, free kick awarded. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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