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Exeter City 3-1 Morecambe

Exeter City sealed a huge win in their quest for the League Two play-offs with two goals in stoppage time sealing victory over Morecambe.

Chances were few and far between in a rather turgid first half with Exeter missing the best of those.

However, the Grecians lifted after half-time and took the lead on 47 minutes when Ryan Harley's corner fell to David Wheeler and his scuffed shot somehow squeezed under Daniel Nizic and rolled over the line.

Joel Grant then missed a glorious chance when he blazed horribly wide on 62 minutes, but Morecambe equalised when substitute Kevin Ellison smashed a stunning volley across goal and into the top corner from 15 yards.

Exeter, however, went on to win it in stoppage time when substitute Reuben Reid, fouled in the penalty box by Michael Rose, picked himself off the floor to smash the spot-kick into the bottom corner.

Fellow substitute Liam McAlinden then added a third when Exeter struck on the counter attack as he waltzed across the penalty box before planting a shot into the bottom corner.

The win sees Exeter move up to fifth in the table, three points clear of Mansfield in eighth spot with two games to go.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 31SweeneyBooked at 82mins
  • 39BrownBooked at 87mins
  • 6Tillson
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 12GrantSubstituted forHolmesat 86'minutes
  • 26AmpaduSubstituted forReidat 76'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 7Harley
  • 14WatkinsSubstituted forMcAlindenat 87'minutes
  • 11Wheeler

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 4James
  • 10Holmes
  • 19McAlinden
  • 28Stacey
  • 29Croll
  • 33Reid

Morecambe

  • 12Nizic
  • 6Winnard
  • 5EdwardsBooked at 62mins
  • 4KenyonBooked at 24minsSubstituted forEllisonat 58'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 19Duckworth
  • 17Fleming
  • 24Rose
  • 3McGowan
  • 15Wildig
  • 7MullinBooked at 63minsSubstituted forTurnerat 77'minutes
  • 21EvansSubstituted forMolyneuxat 67'minutesBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 1Roche
  • 2Wakefield
  • 8Murphy
  • 10Molyneux
  • 11Ellison
  • 16Whitmore
  • 18Turner
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
3,991

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 3, Morecambe 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 3, Morecambe 1.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 3, Morecambe 1. Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Morecambe 1. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Exeter City. Reuben Reid draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Michael Rose (Morecambe) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Liam McAlinden replaces Ollie Watkins.

Booking

Troy Brown (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rhys Turner (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Troy Brown (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Lee Holmes replaces Joel Grant.

Ryan Edwards (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Brown (Exeter City).

Booking

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Michael Rose (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joel Grant (Exeter City).

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Rhys Turner replaces Paul Mullin.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Aaron McGowan.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Reuben Reid replaces Ethan Ampadu.

Delay in match Paul Mullin (Morecambe) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. David Wheeler (Exeter City) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Back pass by Danijel Nizic (Morecambe).

(Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Lee Molyneux (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Molyneux (Morecambe).

Foul by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).

Ethan Ampadu (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dean Winnard (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Wheeler (Exeter City).

Aaron McGowan (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster442510983503385
2Plymouth442581168442483
3Portsmouth442491172393381
4Luton441817963412271
5Exeter442081670521868
6Blackpool4417161166442267
7Stevenage44206186659766
8Mansfield441714135247565
9Wycombe441811155652465
10Carlisle441617116465-165
11Cambridge44189175649763
12Colchester441712156256663
13Accrington441614145552362
14Grimsby441710175759-261
15Barnet441315165359-654
16Notts County44158215274-2253
17Crewe441313185364-1152
18Morecambe44149215169-1851
19Crawley441311205167-1650
20Yeovil441116174861-1349
21Cheltenham441114194763-1647
22Newport441112214870-2245
23Hartlepool441013215273-2143
24Leyton Orient44106284581-3636
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