Gary McDonald scored the only goal of the game as Morecambe beat Rochdale to earn themselves an FA Cup second-round tie at Coventry.

The hosts made a strong start as Ashley Grimes had three chances, including a free header he put over the bar.

But it was Morecambe who scored just before the break when McDonald bundled the ball into the net after Josh Lillis saved Lewis Alessandra's header.

Grimes also went close after the break but shots on target were at a minimum.

The initial game between the two sides ended 1-1 at the Globe Arena. Andy Fleming put Morecambe ahead, but Rochdale earned a replay with a second-half goal from Jason Kennedy.

Morecambe were boosted by the return of goalkeeper Barry Roche from a leg injury and, despite the home side making the early running, the former Nottingham Forest man was not severely tested.

The visitors' game-winning goal came thanks to a fine run and cross by Izak Reid and McDonald pounced after Alessandra was superbly foiled by Lillis.

Dele Adebola had a chance to level in the closing stages but his header was deflected over the bar.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It doesn't matter how you get through in the Cup, it's all about the result and we got that result.

"Financially it's great for us - I think it's about £18,000 to get into the next round.

"We've got a nice tasty tie now at Coventry. The pressure will be off us.

"As players, there's nothing better than the FA Cup. It's just fantastic to get the result and I'm made up for everyone concerned."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 03 Bennett (Byrne - 45' )
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 12 P Edwards
  • 14 McIntyre Booked
  • 19 Pearson Booked
  • 07 Kennedy (Craney - 73' )
  • 08 Tutte
  • 11 Grimes Booked (Putterill - 62' )
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 15 Adebola

Substitutes

  • 31 Smith
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 24 Byrne
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 13 Putterill
  • 23 Craney
  • 26 Logan

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 02 Fenton
  • 08 Wright
  • 15 McCready
  • 22 Parrish
  • 07 Reid
  • 11 Ellison
  • 16 Drummond
  • 17 Fleming
  • 18 McDonald
  • 09 Alessandra Booked (Parkinson - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Arestidou
  • 03 Threlfall
  • 06 Haining
  • 12 Parkinson
  • 23 Doyle
  • 24 James Short
  • 19 McGee
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 1,675

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

8 4

Corners

5 2

Fouls

13 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:54 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:41

Shot on goal comes in from Kevin Ellison from the free kick.

90:00 +2:41 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Matthew Pearson for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:12

Matthew Pearson challenges Izak Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +0:36

Shot from just outside the box by Andrew Tutte misses to the left of the target.

89:38

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Dele Adebola misses to the left of the goal.

88:56

Indirect free kick taken by Peter Cavanagh.

88:56 Substitution

Substitution Dan Parkinson is brought on as a substitute for Lewis Alessandra.

88:56

Izak Reid is caught offside.

88:11

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andrew Tutte.

87:53

Peter Cavanagh takes a shot. Nicholas Fenton gets a block in.

87:30

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin McIntyre from the left by-line.

86:57

Andrew Fleming gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Cavanagh. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andrew Tutte, clearance made by Gary McDonald.

86:39

The ball is delivered by Ray Putterill, Andrew Parrish manages to make a clearance.

86:03

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dele Adebola. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

85:16

Peter Cavanagh takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher McCready.

83:00

Matthew Pearson challenges Lewis Alessandra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lewis Alessandra delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

81:34

Unfair challenge on Dele Adebola by Christopher McCready results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Peter Cavanagh from right channel.

81:21

Lewis Alessandra is caught offside. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.

80:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dele Adebola on Christopher McCready. Free kick taken by Barry Roche.

78:35 Booking

Booking Kevin McIntyre receives a yellow card.

78:12

Dele Adebola takes a shot. Nicholas Fenton gets a block in.

77:17

Corner taken right-footed by Ray Putterill to the near post, clearance by Kevin Ellison.

76:20

Matthew Pearson concedes a free kick for a foul on Izak Reid. Andrew Wright restarts play with the free kick.

75:00

Lewis Alessandra fouled by Neill Byrne, the ref awards a free kick. Lewis Alessandra delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Christopher McCready misses to the left of the goal.

74:27

A cross is delivered by Kevin McIntyre, Gary McDonald manages to make a clearance.

72:52 Substitution

Substitution Ian Craney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jason Kennedy.

71:27

Kevin Ellison challenges Kevin McIntyre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Tutte restarts play with the free kick.

68:42

Lewis Alessandra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

65:07

Corner taken right-footed by Lewis Alessandra from the right by-line, Foul by Kevin Ellison on Phil Edwards, free kick awarded. Josh Lillis takes the free kick.

61:49 Substitution

Substitution (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Ray Putterill coming on for Ashley Grimes.

58:43

Unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Kevin McIntyre results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Lewis Alessandra.

54:50

Corner taken short by Jason Kennedy, Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Blocked by Stewart Drummond.

54:38

Kevin McIntyre takes a shot. Blocked by Nicholas Fenton.

53:13

Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.

53:13 Booking

Booking Lewis Alessandra is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

53:09

The official flags Lewis Alessandra offside.

52:39

George Donnelly takes a shot. Nicholas Fenton gets a block in.

50:30

Header from deep inside the area by Andrew Fleming goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

49:50

Jason Kennedy concedes a free kick for a foul on Izak Reid. Free kick taken by Barry Roche.

48:27

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ashley Grimes.

48:27 Booking

Booking Ashley Grimes receives a yellow card.

47:46

Nicholas Fenton challenges Dele Adebola unfairly and gives away a free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:19 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:39 Substitution

Substitution Rhys Bennett goes off and Neill Byrne comes on.

43:29

Lewis Alessandra provided the assist for the goal.

43:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary McDonald - Rochdale 0 - 1 Morecambe Gary McDonald finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-1 Morecambe.

43:16

Lewis Alessandra takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.

39:48

Rhys Bennett challenges Kevin Ellison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Andrew Wright, save by Josh Lillis. The official flags Kevin Ellison offside. Josh Lillis takes the free kick.

38:22

Matthew Pearson delivers the ball.

36:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Alessandra by Matthew Pearson. Andrew Wright crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Rhys Bennett.

34:01

The ball is swung over by Izak Reid.

33:09

Headed effort from inside the box by Ashley Grimes misses to the right of the target.

29:43

Unfair challenge on Kevin Ellison by Rhys Bennett results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Kevin Ellison.

28:09

Unfair challenge on Ashley Grimes by Andrew Parrish results in a free kick. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.

27:23

Ashley Grimes takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher McCready.

25:16

Gary McDonald is adjudged to have handled the ball. Peter Cavanagh takes the direct free kick.

23:51

Christopher McCready concedes a free kick for a foul on Dele Adebola. Free kick crossed by Peter Cavanagh, clearance made by Kevin Ellison.

19:03

Dele Adebola takes a shot. Save made by Barry Roche.

17:56

Corner taken by Lewis Alessandra from the left by-line, Dele Adebola makes a clearance.

15:05

Corner taken by Jason Kennedy, Shot from deep inside the area by Rhys Bennett clears the crossbar.

14:24

Izak Reid takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Edwards.

14:11

Kevin Ellison takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Pearson.

13:18

Gary McDonald fouled by Peter Cavanagh, the ref awards a free kick. Stewart Drummond takes the free kick.

10:40

Andrew Fleming is ruled offside. Josh Lillis takes the indirect free kick.

9:47

Matthew Pearson concedes a free kick for a foul on Izak Reid. Free kick crossed by Andrew Wright.

8:14

Matthew Pearson sends in a cross.

4:01

Shot by Ashley Grimes from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

1:45

The referee blows for offside against Dele Adebola. Barry Roche takes the free kick.

0:30

The ball is crossed by Lewis Alessandra, clearance by Rhys Bennett.

0:10

Foul by Phil Edwards on Lewis Alessandra, free kick awarded. Andrew Wright takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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