Referee Andy D'Urso ended Exeter's draw with Morecambe in controversy after reversing his decision to award the hosts a stoppage-time penalty.

Padraig Amond had earlier cancelled out Tom Nichols's second minute City goal before an incredible end to the game.

D'Urso looked to have given the Grecians a chance to win after David Wheeler was felled in the box which led to a melee between both teams.

After the situation was calmed, Morecambe's Jamie Devitt was sent off.

But with John O'Flynn waiting to take the penalty the referee decided to award The Shrimps a free-kick instead.

This all overshadowed the match which saw 20-year-old Nichols smashing in his fifth of the season for Exeter before Amond latched on to Andrew Fleming's pass for the equaliser.

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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It all hinged on that final couple of minutes. As soon as the tackle went in, it looked a stonewall penalty from where we were stood.

"The referee pointed to the spot, but the linesman had a better view and the lad's been booked for diving. Our players said afterwards it was a blatant dive.

"The main thing for us is that we've lost Jamie Devitt to a straight red card and that's disappointing."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Exeter City

  • 30 Pym
  • 02 Butterfield
  • 03 Woodman
  • 29 Grimes
  • 04 Bennett
  • 06 Coles
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 08 Oakley (Gill - 78' )
  • 20 Nichols (O'Flynn - 79' )
  • 14 Richards
  • 11 Davies (Wheeler - 60' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 15 Moore-Taylor
  • 19 O'Flynn
  • 22 Keohane
  • 25 Parkin
  • 32 Wheeler
  • 33 Hamon
  • 35 Gill

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 22 Parrish
  • 03 Threlfall Booked
  • 17 Fleming
  • 05 Hughes
  • 15 McCready (McGee - 64' Booked )
  • 10 Williams (Drummond - 64' )
  • 08 Wright Booked
  • 09 Sampson (Ellison - 79' )
  • 12 Devitt Dismissed
  • 27 Amond

Substitutes

  • 06 Diagne
  • 07 Redshaw
  • 11 Ellison
  • 16 Drummond
  • 19 McGee
  • 23 Doyle
  • 25 Arestidou
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 2,620

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

6 2

Corners

6 3

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Exeter City 1, Morecambe 1.

90:00 +7:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Morecambe 1.

90:00 +7:00

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +7:00

Foul by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).

90:00 +5:39 Dismissal

Dismissal Jamie Devitt (Morecambe) is shown the red card for fighting.

90:00 +4:57 Booking

Booking David Wheeler (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:51

David Wheeler (Exeter City) has gone down, but that's a dive.

90:00 +0:13

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

89:55 Booking

Booking Andrew Wright (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

89:46

Matthew Gill (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:46

Foul by Andrew Wright (Morecambe).

88:13 Booking

Booking Joe McGee (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

86:28

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Andy Parrish.

85:49

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:49

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

83:13

Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:13

Foul by Andrew Wright (Morecambe).

82:08

Danny Butterfield (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:08

Foul by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).

80:03

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

78:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Kevin Ellison replaces Jack Sampson.

78:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. John O'Flynn replaces Tom Nichols.

77:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Matthew Gill replaces Matt Oakley.

74:39

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Scott Bennett.

74:28

Attempt saved. Padraig Amond (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

73:13

Attempt missed. Joe McGee (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

68:55

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

63:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Stewart Drummond replaces Ryan Williams.

63:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morecambe. Joe McGee replaces Chris McCready.

63:14

Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

62:42

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

61:36

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

61:04

Foul by Matt Oakley (Exeter City).

61:04

Mark Hughes (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Arron Davies.

56:17 Booking

Booking Robbie Threlfall (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

55:11

Attempt missed. Padraig Amond (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

54:24

Attempt saved. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Exeter City 1, Morecambe 1. Padraig Amond (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Fleming.

52:29

Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

51:50

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

51:50

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

49:41

Arron Davies (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:41

Foul by Andy Parrish (Morecambe).

46:47

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:47

Foul by Jamie Devitt (Morecambe).

45:00

Second Half begins Exeter City 1, Morecambe 0.

45:00 +1:55 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Exeter City 1, Morecambe 0.

45:00 +1:47

Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:56

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:56

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

45:00 +0:15

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:15

Foul by Mark Hughes (Morecambe).

44:30

Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

43:36

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:36

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

42:01

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

42:01

Mark Hughes (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:31

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Barry Roche.

41:22

Attempt saved. Arron Davies (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

37:36

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

37:36

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

37:05

Attempt missed. Arron Davies (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is too high.

35:25

Foul by Danny Butterfield (Exeter City).

35:25

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

33:06

Foul by Daniel Coles (Exeter City).

33:06

Chris McCready (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:48

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Chris McCready.

32:21

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:21

Foul by Jack Sampson (Morecambe).

30:41

Foul by Matt Grimes (Exeter City).

30:41

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

29:40

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

29:40

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

28:10

Attempt missed. Jamie Devitt (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

25:21

Attempt missed. Padraig Amond (Morecambe) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

21:05

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:05

Foul by Chris McCready (Morecambe).

18:06

Attempt blocked. Andrew Wright (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

15:23

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:23

Foul by Andrew Wright (Morecambe).

11:36

Attempt saved. Arron Davies (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:31

Attempt saved. Arron Davies (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:33

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

1:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Exeter City 1, Morecambe 0. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eliot Richards.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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