Match ends, Carlisle United 2, Morecambe 2.
Carlisle fought back from a two-goal deficit to claim a League Two draw with Morecambe at a windswept Brunton Park.
Former Carlisle forward Cole Stockton and Aaron Wildig fired Shrimps 2-0 up, before Omari Patrick pulled one back for the home side on the stroke of half-time.
Aaron Hayden's second-half header enabled the Cumbrians to draw level, but neither side could find a winner despite having chances.
Morecambe goalkeeper Christoffer Mafoumbi was kept busy in the early exchanges, fielding a curling Nathan Thomas free-kick from a dangerous position on the right of the penalty area, then grabbing Hayden's bundled effort after Carlisle had won a corner on the left.
The visitors had the blustery wind to contend with, but they went ahead in the 18th minute when Jordan Cranston's pass found Stockton just inside the area and he was able to take a touch before fizzing a low shot just inside Adam Collin's left-hand post.
The Cumbrians' goalkeeper was beaten again five minutes later when the defence could only clear as far as Wildig who, from 20 yards, lashed a stunning volley into the top corner.
Carlisle were in desperate need a response before the break and they got it in the final moments of the first half when Patrick seized on a ball on the left and fired in a shot from the edge of the box which flew in off the far post.
The hosts drew level after 66 minutes when Elliot Watt's corner from the right carried across to the far post where Hayden directed his header just inside the upright.
Adam Phillips tried to restore the Shrimps' advantage with a low shot from distance which went just wide, but - at the other end - Mafoumbi was glad to fall on the loose ball after Patrick had headed across the six-yard line.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 17WebsterBooked at 90mins
- 34AndertonBooked at 59mins
- 8JonesSubstituted forBridgeat 77'minutes
- 12WattBooked at 51mins
- 7ThomasSubstituted forMcKirdyat 49'minutes
- 40PatrickSubstituted forOlomolaat 88'minutes
- 33CranstonBooked at 85mins
- 19Mendes GomesSubstituted forKenyonat 81'minutes
- 29SlewSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 81'minutes
- Peter Wright
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Carlisle United 2, Morecambe 2.
Attempt missed. Adam Phillips (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.
Byron Webster (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Byron Webster (Carlisle United).
Cole Stockton (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Jon Mellish (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alex Kenyon (Morecambe).
Foul by Olufela Olomola (Carlisle United).
Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Carlisle United. Olufela Olomola replaces Omari Patrick.
Attempt saved. John O'Sullivan (Morecambe) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Phillips.
Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jack Bridge (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jordan Cranston (Morecambe).
Attempt missed. Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.
Foul by Omari Patrick (Carlisle United).
Sam Lavelle (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Sam Lavelle.
Attempt missed. Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.