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Morecambe 2-3 Exeter City

A late goal from Nicky Law earned Exeter victory at Morecambe and moved them to the top of League Two.

Law slotted home a loose ball at the far post five minutes from time, finishing with a cool left-foot shot on a tight angle after the home defence had failed to clear a right-wing cross.

Exeter went ahead in the 21st minute with a well-worked goal.

Law won the ball in midfield and played in Lee Martin down the left-hand side. His low ball into the box was met by Jake Taylor who slid the ball past Barry Roche from eight yards.

The visitors added a second five minutes later after another flowing move.

Law was again involved as he forged an opening in the Morecambe box that was foiled by Ritchie Sutton's fine tackle. The ball rebounded to Andrew Tutte but the midfielder hesitated and Martin took advantage to fire home from close range.

The Grecians thought they had scored a third on the stroke of half-time only to see a Dean Moxey header ruled out for offside when the ball took a deflection off one of his team-mates on the line, and Morecambe took advantage of the let-off with a superb reply.

Four minutes into added time substitute Lewis Alessandra produced a stunning shot from 25 yards that dipped and curled past Lewis Ward to bring the home side back into the game.

The goal gave the home side a massive lift and they looked much better after the break.

Alessandra struck again in the 63rd minute to bring the Shrimps level. A ball was fed into Cole Stockton in the Exeter area and he teed up the striker to bring the scores level.

The game swung from end to end, with both sides looking for a winner and Law provided the telling moment.

Morecambe piled forward at the death and after being caught on the break, Sam Lavelle was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card after bringing down Ryan Bowman.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 12Sutton
  • 16LavelleBooked at 90mins
  • 5OldSubstituted forEllisonat 88'minutes
  • 2BuxtonSubstituted forAlessandraat 32'minutes
  • 14Brewitt
  • 6Tutte
  • 33Cranston
  • 7O'Sullivan
  • 24Miller
  • 9StocktonSubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Alessandra
  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 11Ellison
  • 15Wildig
  • 18Oates
  • 21Halstead
  • 23Brownsword

Exeter

  • 1Ward
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Martin
  • 21Moxey
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forRichardsonat 83'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 27Collins
  • 22SparkesSubstituted forParkesat 87'minutes
  • 8Law
  • 12Bowman
  • 7MartinSubstituted forFisherat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 14Ajose
  • 15Parkes
  • 17Jay
  • 18Fisher
  • 20Richardson
  • 23Maxted
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
1,517

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 2, Exeter City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 2, Exeter City 3.

Attempt blocked. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John O'Sullivan with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Tutte (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Sam Lavelle (Morecambe) for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Lavelle (Morecambe).

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Andrew Tutte (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Fisher (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Kevin Ellison replaces Steven Old.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Parkes replaces Jack Sparkes.

Offside, Morecambe. Barry Roche tries a through ball, but A-Jay Leitch-Smith is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 2, Exeter City 3. Nicky Law (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Taylor.

Attempt saved. Alex Fisher (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Bowman with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jayden Richardson replaces Randell Williams.

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Jack Sparkes.

Attempt blocked. Shaun Miller (Morecambe) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Lewis Alessandra.

Attempt blocked. Randell Williams (Exeter City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Alex Fisher replaces Lee Martin.

Booking

Sam Lavelle (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Lavelle (Morecambe).

Lee Martin (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Sam Lavelle.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Archie Collins.

Offside, Exeter City. Ryan Bowman tries a through ball, but Randell Williams is caught offside.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Steven Old.

Foul by Sam Lavelle (Morecambe).

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Bowman.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. A-Jay Leitch-Smith replaces Cole Stockton.

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 2, Exeter City 2. Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cole Stockton.

Foul by Steven Old (Morecambe).

Lee Martin (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Jack Sparkes.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Tom Brewitt.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter532063311
2Plymouth531193610
3Forest Green531153210
4Macclesfield53026339
5Newport52304229
6Crewe530256-19
7Grimsby522110648
8Cheltenham52218448
9Bradford52215238
10Swindon52218628
11Cambridge52216518
12Crawley52129817
13Leyton Orient521268-27
14Mansfield51318716
15Salford51317706
16Port Vale513179-26
17Colchester512256-15
18Morecambe512257-25
19Walsall512225-35
20Northampton511335-24
21Carlisle5113610-44
22Oldham511337-44
23Stevenage502304-42
24Scunthorpe5014512-71
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