Match ends, Morecambe 1, Colchester United 1.
Colchester's League Two play-off hopes were dealt a blow when a late Michael Rose penalty saw them drop two points in a draw at Morecambe.
United looked destined for the points until substitute Alex Wynter brought down Morecambe midfielder Antony Evans in the box and former Colchester midfielder Rose beat Sam Walker from the spot with just two minutes remaining.
Colchester had a great start to the game when they took the lead in the 22nd minute.
Tarique Fosu was brought down by Alex Whitmore's rash challenge just outside the box and Richard Brindley curled a delightful effort over the Morecambe wall and into the top corner.
Colchester began brightly and saw an effort cleared off the line in the opening minute when Whitmore cleared Brindley's shot at full stretch.
Fosu missed a golden chance to make it 2-0 for the visitors early in the second half when Danijel Nizic dropped a corner and he was made to pay.
Alex Kenyon drilled a shot into the side netting as the Shrimps staged a late rally before Evans was brought down and Rose sent the visiting keeper the wrong way.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 16WhitmoreBooked at 42mins
- 4KenyonSubstituted forMurphyat 83'minutes
- 6WinnardBooked at 68mins
- 15WildigSubstituted forEvansat 45'minutes
- 11EllisonSubstituted forTurnerat 79'minutes
- 8LoftBooked at 16minsSubstituted forWynterat 76'minutes
- 7WrightSubstituted forPykeat 90'minutes
- 31Fosu-HenryBooked at 26minsSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 83'minutes
- Seb Stockbridge
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Morecambe 1, Colchester United 1.
Attempt missed. Paul Mullin (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
Antony Evans (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sean Murray (Colchester United).
Foul by Dean Winnard (Morecambe).
Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Colchester United. Rekeil Pyke replaces Drey Wright.
Goal! Morecambe 1, Colchester United 1. Michael Rose (Morecambe) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Penalty Morecambe. Antony Evans draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Alex Wynter (Colchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Alex Whitmore.
Substitution, Morecambe. Peter Murphy replaces Alex Kenyon.
Substitution, Colchester United. Tommy O'Sullivan replaces Tarique Fosu-Henry.
Foul by Paul Mullin (Morecambe).
Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Morecambe. Rhys Turner replaces Kevin Ellison.
Foul by Alex Kenyon (Morecambe).
Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Colchester United. Alex Wynter replaces Doug Loft.