Match ends, Morecambe 3, Hartlepool United 0.
Struggling Morecambe put their poor league form behind them to earn a place in the second round of the FA Cup with victory over Hartlepool.
After scoring a confidence-boosting early goal through Kevin Ellison, the Shrimps added two more after the break to overcome tough National League opponents.
Morecambe started the game superbly and forced Hartlepool goalkeeper Scott Loach into a brilliant save after just 30 seconds when he tipped a dipping Adam McGurk shot over the crossbar at full-stretch.
Loach did well to save at the feet of Steve Old as the ball bounced around the box from the resulting corner, but he was beaten after four minutes.
Aaron Wildig's initial shot was blocked but Ellison reacted sharply to slot home the loose ball with a left-foot shot from 10 yards.
The pressure continued from the home side with Wildig volleying over before Hartlepool finally began to get a foothold in the game.
The National League side started the second half on the front foot with Jonathan Franks seeing a near-post volley superbly saved by Barry Roche.
Kenton Richardson also went close when he raced in at the far post to head into the side-netting.
But as Pools pushed bodies forward they were undone on the break by the Shrimps. Substitute Vadaine Oliver made an immediate impression with a neat through pass for midfielder Andy Fleming who ran in on goal and slotted the ball under the advancing Loach.
The home side added a third three minutes from time with an unfortunate Loach own goal. Adam Campbell hit the foot of a post but the ball came out and hit the keeper on the back of the head and ended up in the back of the net.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 7ThompsonSubstituted forRoseat 87'minutes
- 15WildigSubstituted forCampbellat 70'minutes
- 28McGurkSubstituted forOliverat 65'minutes
- 22DonnellyBooked at 8mins
- 4FeatherstoneBooked at 79mins
- 6GeorgeSubstituted forMunnsat 75'minutes
- 14WoodsSubstituted forRodneyat 60'minutes
- Tom Nield
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Morecambe 3, Hartlepool United 0.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Kevin Ellison.
Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Kenton Richardson.
Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jack Munns (Hartlepool United).
Substitution, Morecambe. Michael Rose replaces Garry Thompson.
Adam Campbell (Morecambe) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.
Own Goal by Scott Loach, Hartlepool United. Morecambe 3, Hartlepool United 0.
Attempt blocked. Adam Campbell (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Adam Campbell (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United).
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Max Müller.
Attempt missed. Blair Adams (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Adam Campbell (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jack Munns replaces Luke George.
Attempt saved. Luke George (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.