The FA Cup - First Round
MorecambeMorecambe0HalifaxFC Halifax Town0

Morecambe 0-0 FC Halifax Town

FC Halifax earned an FA Cup first-round replay after a brave display against League Two Morecambe.

The Shaymen rode their luck at times but defended resolutely to keep the home side at bay, and thought they had won the game in injury time when Jonathan Edwards headed in a Ryan Sellers cross, only for the goal to be ruled offside.

The home side had the majority of the chances and they came close to scoring when Halifax defender Josh Staunton headed an Andrew Tutte cross against his own bar.

Rhys Oates also went close but was denied an early second-half opener by Matty Brown who produced a superb goal-line clearance after the Morecambe player had dinked the ball over Sam Johnson.

The first half was a lacklustre affair with few clear chances.

Morecambe dominated the possession but Halifax defended well and kept the league side out with relative ease.

Visiting keeper Sam Johnson was the busier of the two stoppers and made a good save low to his left to keep out a long-range Jordan Cranston effort before reacting sharply to tip over an A-Jay Leitch-Smith shot from the edge of the box and a Vadaine Oliver header.

Oliver went close in the second half with an acrobatic overhead kick before Halifax staged their late rally.

Report supplied by the Press Association.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Halstead
  • 2Mills
  • 5Old
  • 16Lavelle
  • 3Conlan
  • 15Wildig
  • 27CranstonSubstituted forOswellat 81'minutes
  • 17MandevilleSubstituted forTutteat 55'minutes
  • 28Leitch-Smith
  • 18OatesSubstituted forEllisonat 55'minutes
  • 9Oliver


  • 4Kenyon
  • 6Tutte
  • 11Ellison
  • 12Oswell
  • 13Szczepaniak
  • 14Yarney
  • 19Mendes Gomes


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Johnson
  • 40Hanson
  • 4Clarke
  • 5Brown
  • 39SkarzBooked at 25mins
  • 11OdelusiBooked at 56minsSubstituted forPrestonat 68'minutes
  • 6Staunton
  • 31MaherBooked at 73mins
  • 3Sellers
  • 9SouthwellSubstituted forEdwardsat 83'minutes
  • 8King


  • 10Edwards
  • 19Preston
  • 21Rowley
  • 22Leacock-McLeod
Darren Drysdale

Match Stats

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    Match ends, Morecambe 0, FC Halifax Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morecambe 0, FC Halifax Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Jason Oswell (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matty Brown (FC Halifax Town).

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    Attempt missed. Nathan Clarke (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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    Foul by Andrew Tutte (Morecambe).

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    Cameron King (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jason Oswell (Morecambe).

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    Nathan Clarke (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

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    Jason Oswell (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Niall Maher (FC Halifax Town).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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    Corner, FC Halifax Town. Conceded by Luke Conlan.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Jonathan Edwards replaces Dayle Southwell.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Jason Oswell replaces Jordan Cranston.

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    Attempt saved. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Joe Skarz.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Niall Maher.

  20. Booking

    Niall Maher (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.