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Morecambe 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

Morecambe beat Plymouth Argyle to earn their first home win in eight league game and knock the Pilgrims off top spot in League Two.

Goals from Michael Rose and Peter Murphy either side of an Oscar Threlkeld header for the Pilgrims gave Jim Bentley's side a much-needed three points.

Morecambe opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 20th minute. Dean Winnard was bundled over in the penalty area as the home side swung in a corner and the referee pointed to the spot, with Rose sending goalkeeper Luke McCormick the wrong way.

The visitors came into the game with Graham Carey going close before Argyle were gifted an equaliser in the 43rd minute when home goalkeeper Barry Roche failed to claim a right-wing cross to give Threlkeld a free header at the far post and he scored from six yards.

The second half began in controversy as Jordan Slew was shown a second yellow card for a dive in the area after Roche ran from his goal to challenge.

And Morecambe took advantage as they won the game with a 63rd-minute Murphy header from a Rose corner.

The Shrimps then went close to extending their lead as Kevin Ellison and Ntumba Massanka hit the woodwork, but the Shrimps held on to inflict a third successive defeat on Plymouth.

The loss sees the Pilgrims slip to second, with Carlisle United's 5-2 win over Steve Evans' Mansfield Town enough to move them top on goal difference.

Report provided by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 2WakefieldBooked at 83mins
  • 6Winnard
  • 5Edwards
  • 21Jennings
  • 8Murphy
  • 24RoseBooked at 22mins
  • 18TurnerSubstituted forMassankaat 84'minutes
  • 15WildigSubstituted forMullinat 82'minutes
  • 11EllisonBooked at 26minsSubstituted forMcGowanat 90+4'minutes
  • 23Stockton

Substitutes

  • 3McGowan
  • 7Mullin
  • 10Molyneux
  • 12Nizic
  • 14Conlan
  • 19Massanka
  • 27Jordan

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 2Miller
  • 5BulvitisSubstituted forOsborneat 75'minutes
  • 15Bradley
  • 18Threlkeld
  • 4Songo'o
  • 14JervisSubstituted forTannerat 88'minutes
  • 10CareySubstituted forGaritaat 72'minutes
  • 6Smith
  • 11DonaldsonBooked at 24mins
  • 8SlewBooked at 47mins

Substitutes

  • 7Goodwillie
  • 19Osborne
  • 20Rooney
  • 21Dorel
  • 24Fox
  • 26Garita
  • 27Tanner
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
1,435

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 2, Plymouth Argyle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 2, Plymouth Argyle 1.

Foul by Paul Mullin (Morecambe).

Connor Smith (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Aaron McGowan replaces Kevin Ellison.

Attempt blocked. Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Karleigh Osborne.

Attempt blocked. Ntumba Massanka (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Oscar Threlkeld (Plymouth Argyle).

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Craig Tanner replaces Jake Jervis.

Peter Murphy (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Miller (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Ntumba Massanka replaces Rhys Turner.

Booking

Liam Wakefield (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Wakefield (Morecambe).

Oscar Threlkeld (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Mullin (Morecambe).

Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Paul Mullin replaces Aaron Wildig.

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

Foul by Connor Smith (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt saved. Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Liam Wakefield (Morecambe).

Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Karleigh Osborne replaces Nauris Bulvitis because of an injury.

Delay in match Nauris Bulvitis (Plymouth Argyle) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ryan Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Paul Garita replaces Graham Carey.

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

James Jennings (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Smith (Plymouth Argyle).

Foul by Cole Stockton (Morecambe).

Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Cole Stockton (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 2, Plymouth Argyle 1. Peter Murphy (Morecambe) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Rose with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Carlisle19108137231438
2Plymouth1912252921838
3Doncaster18113438251336
4Portsmouth1994632201231
5Luton1987428181031
6Wycombe198472322128
7Blackpool1976633221127
8Barnet196942727027
9Grimsby197572725226
10Crewe196852225-326
11Cambridge197482123-225
12Mansfield196762125-425
13Yeovil187471923-425
14Stevenage177372525024
15Colchester196582726123
16Crawley186572127-623
17Morecambe1972102336-1323
18Hartlepool195772832-422
19Notts County196492432-822
20Accrington195682025-521
21Exeter1962112025-520
22Leyton Orient1953112126-518
23Cheltenham193972028-818
24Newport184592227-517
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