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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

Match ends, Morecambe 1, Leyton Orient 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 1, Leyton Orient 0.

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

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe).

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Mark Halstead.

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.

Foul by Dale Gorman (Leyton Orient).

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

Booking

Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

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

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.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Jordan Maguire-Drew.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Alex Kenyon replaces Aaron Wildig.

Foul by Craig Clay (Leyton Orient).

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

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

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe).

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.

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

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

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Mark Halstead.

Attempt saved. Daniel Happe (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Harrold with a headed pass.

Booking

Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Wright (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Morecambe).

Josh Coulson (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe).

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Jordan Maguire-Drew replaces Conor Wilkinson because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 1, Leyton Orient 0. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Luke Conlan.

Substitution

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

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Sam Lavelle.

Attempt missed. Conor Wilkinson (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Wright with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by John O'Sullivan.

Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Tom Brewitt (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Steven Old following a corner.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Conor Wilkinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Jordan Cranston replaces Andrew Tutte.

Booking

Daniel Happe (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Dangerous play by Daniel Happe (Leyton Orient).

Sam Lavelle (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Forest Green1694320101031
2Bradford169342415930
3Swindon179352820830
4Crewe169342618830
5Exeter178542320329
6Cheltenham1584327141328
7Newport167631713427
8Colchester177552216626
9Northampton177462218425
10Port Vale176742222025
11Salford176652125-424
12Cambridge176562217523
13Plymouth166552420423
14Mansfield175572625120
15Macclesfield165561720-320
16Leyton Orient175572428-420
17Crawley175572429-520
18Grimsby155462020019
19Carlisle175391829-1118
20Oldham173771826-816
21Scunthorpe173682125-415
22Walsall1743101225-1315
23Stevenage172781221-913
24Morecambe1734101529-1413
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