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Morecambe 3-0 Colchester United

Morecambe moved back into the League Two play-off spots with a fine victory over Colchester at the Mazuma Stadium.

Goals from Adam Phillips, Toumani Diagouraga and John O'Sullivan gave the Shrimps the points against a U's side who were reduced to 10 men just before the hour when skipper Harry Pell was sent off for an off-the-ball incident.

Morecambe's opener came in first-half injury time when Carlos Mendes Gomes produced a superb defence-splitting pass for Phillips to run on and round Dean Gerken before slotting the ball into the empty net.

They doubled their lead after 58 minutes when substitute Diagouraga provided the finishing touch to a fine move as he turned home an O'Sullivan cross from 12 yards.

A minute later Pell was sent off for lashing out at Ryan Coney and the home side took advantage of the extra player with O'Sullivan sliding home a Phillips cross from just inside the area.

Colchester had long spells on top in the first half and Callum Harriott was unlucky to see a 27th-minute shot hit the right hand post.

Tommy Smith was also unfortunate to hit the woodwork with a close-range header from a corner in the 39th minute.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Morecambe

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Andrésson
  • 21Cooney
  • 5Lavelle
  • 4Knight-Percival
  • 3HendrieBooked at 55mins
  • 20Phillips
  • 24Songo'o
  • 16O'SullivanSubstituted forPriceat 90'minutes
  • 11Mendes Gomes
  • 7SlewSubstituted forDiagouragaat 45'minutes
  • 9StocktonSubstituted forMcAlindenat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Diagouraga
  • 13Da Silva Mendes
  • 18Pringle
  • 19McAlinden
  • 22Gibson
  • 23Price

Colchester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gerken
  • 18Eastman
  • 6Sowunmi
  • 5Smith
  • 3Bramall
  • 24Stevenson
  • 8PellBooked at 60mins
  • 23PokuSubstituted forWelch-Hayesat 66'minutes
  • 14Chilvers
  • 11HarriottSubstituted forOtehat 65'minutes
  • 10BrownSubstituted forFoliviat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Welch-Hayes
  • 7Senior
  • 9Oteh
  • 29George
  • 33Marshall
  • 36Sayer
  • 39Folivi
Referee:
Robert Lewis

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morecambe 3, Colchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morecambe 3, Colchester United 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Thomas Eastman.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam McAlinden (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Phillips.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Miles Welch-Hayes (Colchester United).

  6. Post update

    Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Freddie Price (Morecambe).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Freddie Price replaces John O'Sullivan.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam McAlinden (Morecambe) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.

  10. Post update

    Omar Sowunmi (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam McAlinden (Morecambe).

  12. Post update

    Noah Chilvers (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Liam McAlinden (Morecambe).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Thomas Eastman (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Liam McAlinden replaces Cole Stockton.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Michael Folivi replaces Jevani Brown.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Morecambe 3, Colchester United 0. John O'Sullivan (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Adam Phillips with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Morecambe. Ryan Cooney tries a through ball, but Cole Stockton is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Miles Welch-Hayes (Colchester United).