League Two
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Morecambe 2-0 Portsmouth

Portsmouth's poor start to the League Two season continued with a 2-0 defeat at Morecambe.

A first Football League goal for Ryan Edwards and a stunner from Tom Barkhuizen earned the points but the Shrimps had to thank goalkeeper Barry Roche, who kept his side ahead with a string of superb second-half saves to see pre-season favourites Pompey without a win in three league games.

Morecambe started brightly and took the lead on 11 minutes with a rare goal for defender Edwards. His first effort was blocked by a Pompey defender but the ball came back perfectly to him and he lashed a shot from 12 yards past David Forde.

Portsmouth hit back with Carl Baker going close before the home side added a second with a brilliant long-range goal from Barkhuizen.

The striker ran through the middle of the Pompey midfield and let fly with a 25-yarder that flew past Forde and ended up in the top right-hand corner of the net.

Portsmouth began to dominate possession but were restricted to long range efforts with Kyle Bennett twice firing over before Morecambe wasted a glorious chance of a third.

Barkhuizen was again the tormentor as he sped past Enda Stevens but shot into the side netting when he should have done better.

Portsmouth started the second half dominantly with Baker forcing a fine save from Roche with a shot from the edge of the area.

The saves continued with the best being a point blank block to deny Curtis Main, who looked sure to score from six yards.

Gary Roberts and Baker were both denied twice by the Irishman and the Shrimps could have added a third in injury time when Paul Mullin was through on goal only to be denied by Forde.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 2Wakefield
  • 5Edwards
  • 16Whitmore
  • 14Conlan
  • 17FlemingBooked at 79mins
  • 24Rose
  • 9BarkhuizenSubstituted forKenyonat 86'minutes
  • 20DunnSubstituted forMolyneuxat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11Ellison
  • 23StocktonBooked at 65minsSubstituted forMullinat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McGowan
  • 4Kenyon
  • 7Mullin
  • 10Molyneux
  • 12Nizic
  • 18Turner

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 25Talbot
  • 15Barton
  • 6Burgess
  • 3StevensBooked at 90mins
  • 4RoseSubstituted forHuntat 85'minutes
  • 8DoyleBooked at 67mins
  • 11Roberts
  • 7Baker
  • 23BennettSubstituted forMainat 64'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forLalkovicat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 10Lalkovic
  • 13O'Brien
  • 14Main
  • 20Hunt
  • 21Buxton
  • 24Linganzi
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
1,838

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home6
Away25
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away14
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 2, Portsmouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 2, Portsmouth 0.

Attempt saved. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Portsmouth).

Michael Rose (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Lee Molyneux (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Drew Talbot (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Molyneux (Morecambe).

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Booking

Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Carl Baker (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by David Forde.

Attempt saved. Paul Mullin (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Alex Kenyon replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Noel Hunt replaces Danny Rose.

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Portsmouth).

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Luke Conlan.

Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Drew Talbot (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Barry Roche.

Attempt saved. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Molyneux (Morecambe).

Adam Barton (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin Ellison (Morecambe).

Drew Talbot (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Morecambe).

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Booking

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Barry Roche.

Attempt saved. Curtis Main (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Paul Mullin replaces Cole Stockton.

Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton32106247
2Colchester32106337
3Mansfield32105327
4Crawley32103127
5Morecambe32014316
6Barnet31204225
7Hartlepool31206515
8Crewe31205415
9Carlisle31203215
10Leyton Orient31114224
11Blackpool31114314
12Yeovil31113214
13Doncaster31114404
14Wycombe31113304
15Accrington311145-14
16Grimsby31025503
17Cheltenham30303303
18Newport310245-13
19Plymouth310225-33
20Portsmouth302113-22
21Notts County301225-31
22Cambridge301214-31
23Stevenage301226-41
24Exeter300315-40
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