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Morecambe 1-0 Leyton Orient

A quality goal from substitute AJ Leitch-Smith gave Morecambe a vital victory over Leyton Orient at the Globe Arena.

In the Shrimps' first game since the departure of long-serving boss Jim Bentley, striker Leitch-Smith produced a moment of magic 16 minutes from time to curl a right-footed effort into the top-left corner of Dean Brill's goal to give caretaker managers Barry Roche and Kevin Ellison a winning start.

Morecambe created the better chances in the first half, with Andrew Tutte curling a 20-yard effort inches wide on seven minutes before testing Brill with a long-range shot seven minutes later that forced the keeper into a flying save.

Orient went on to enjoy a greater share of the possession - without testing the Morecambe defence - and the visitors had defenders Dan Happe and Marvin Ekpiteta to thank for two superb blocks to deny Cole Stockton and Lewis Alessandra.

Orient were better in the second half without testing Mark Halstead until the latter stages, when the Morecambe keeper saved well from Happe and produced a 94th-minute block from a close-range shot after Josh Wright had diverted a flicked header inches wide from a long throw.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 21Halstead
  • 27Tanner
  • 16Lavelle
  • 5Old
  • 3Conlan
  • 6TutteBooked at 60minsSubstituted forCranstonat 64'minutes
  • 15WildigBooked at 79minsSubstituted forKenyonat 84'minutes
  • 14Brewitt
  • 7O'Sullivan
  • 9StocktonSubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 73'minutes
  • 8AlessandraBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Roche
  • 2Buxton
  • 4Kenyon
  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 23Brownsword
  • 24Miller
  • 33Cranston

Leyton Orient

  • 1Brill
  • 5EkpitetaSubstituted forGormanat 60'minutes
  • 6Coulson
  • 15HappeBooked at 61mins
  • 3Widdowson
  • 8Clay
  • 21Marsh
  • 44Wright
  • 11DaytonSubstituted forWilkinsonat 60'minutesSubstituted forMaguire-Drewat 75'minutes
  • 18Harrold
  • 16Brophy

Substitutes

  • 4Gorman
  • 9Wilkinson
  • 10Maguire-Drew
  • 12Sargeant
  • 17Dennis
  • 23Turley
  • 27Alabi
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
2,691

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morecambe 1, Leyton Orient 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morecambe 1, Leyton Orient 0.

  3. Post update

    Joe Widdowson (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Mark Halstead.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Wright (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Brophy.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dale Gorman (Leyton Orient).

  8. Post update

    A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Booking

    Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Morecambe. Tom Brewitt tries a through ball, but Lewis Alessandra is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Jordan Maguire-Drew.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Alex Kenyon replaces Aaron Wildig.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Craig Clay (Leyton Orient).

  15. Post update

    Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Dale Gorman (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Wright (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Harrold with a headed pass.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Wright (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.