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Match Report | Shrewsbury Town 3-1 Morecambe

11 March 2023

Shrewsbury secured their fifth home win in a row with a dominating 3-1 win over Morecambe at the Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday afternoon.

Salop broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute after Daniel Crowley handled in the box following Luke Leahy's low-driven corner, and it was the skipper who converted from the spot.
The home side remained on top for the rest of the half and doubled their lead in the 44th minute when Rob Street poked home from a Tom Bayliss corner.
However, Morecambe pulled one back through Daniel Crowley, who curled a low-driven shot past Marko Marosi.
Town got their third and final goal in the 84th minute when Chey Dunkley headed in from a corner.
The Morecambe fixture was our designated Armed Forces Day, where we celebrate the work of the military and their bravery.
And we kicked things off in spectacular fashion with astronaut Colonel Tim Peake flying in by helicopter onto the Montgomery Waters Meadow pitch and handing over the match ball.
Manager Steve Cotterill opted for a 3-4-1-2 formation when naming his starting line-up - with the boss making two changes from the side that faced Peterborough on Tuesday night.
After picking up a slight knock in the week, Christian Saydee was not fit enough for a place in the matchday squad.
Street replaced the 20-year-old and lined the line alongside Rekeil Pyke in attack. Jordan Shipley also returned to the side as left wing-back.
Derek Adams' Morecambe side also went with a 3-4-1-2 formation, with Cole Stockton and Crowley in the centre-forward positions.
In what was a quiet opening 20 minutes, it was Shrewsbury who had the only chances to take the lead.
Matt Pennington went on a scintillating run that saw him collect the ball in his own half before carrying it for the best part of 50 yards.
The centre-back then beat a man before driving a powerful shot narrowly over the bar.
It was the home side again with another chance to break the deadlock in the 24th minute.
The move originated from another surging Pennington run before some lovely combination play saw the ball arrive at the feet of the on-rushing Bayliss.
From 20 yards, he then hit a powerful drive that Connor Ripley managed to get down and make the save.
Town threatened again just before the half-hour mark when Bayliss received the ball out wide and sent a floating cross into the middle of the Shrimps box.
Shipley collected it and dropped his shoulder to find space before drilling a low shot that Ripley once again got down brilliantly to save.
Shrewsbury finally got themselves ahead in the 32nd minute after Daniel Crowley handled in the box following a low-driven Leahy corner.
The skipper stepped up to the spot and converted his penalty into the bottom left corner to secure a personal high of 11 goals in a season.
Town kept pushing and had a chance cleared off the line in the 43rd minute when Cole Stockton managed to hack clear following a goal-mouth scramble.
But a minute later, we doubled our lead when a Bayliss corner worked its way through to Street at the back post.
And he kept his composure to slot the ball in from close range calmly.
The away side pulled one back right on half-time, with Crowley receiving the ball in the box and curling a low-driven shot past Marosi.
Just before the hour mark, Town nearly added a third when Street received it out wide before laying it off to Shipley.
The creative left wing-back burst into the box and shot, but his effort whistled over the bar.
The Shrimps had a goal ruled out for offside in the 64th minute when Rawson headed in at the back post from a free kick.
Following some brilliant play from Town with just over 20 minutes to go, the ball broke for Dunkley in the box.
The centre-back attempted a shot, but a Shrimps defender blocked it and cleared it for a corner.
Bayliss took the resulting set piece and delivered it to Dunkley again, who headed, but his effort was blocked by Ripley, who did exceptionally well to get down and deny the effort.
Town kept pushing for the third and got their reward in the 84th minute from a corner.
The ball was delivered to the back post, and Dunkley was on hand to head home the final goal of the game.
The home side was close to a fourth two minutes later through Pyke, who swivelled and released a powerful drive from close range, but his effort went wide.

Salop kept pushing forward to add another to their tally, but the Morecambe defence held firm and kept the final score at 3-1.

Salop XI:       
Marosi (GK), Leahy (C), Pennington, Moore, Winchester, Pyke (Bowman, 90), Bayliss (Bennett, 75), Dunkley, Street (Bloxham, 90), Shipley, Flanagan
Unused subs:      
Burgoyne (GK), Craig, Barlow
Morecambe XI:  
Ripley (GK), Love (C), Gibson, Rawson, Delaney (Niasse, 74), Crowley, Stockton, Weir, Shaw, Mayor, Simeu
Unused subs:    
Smith (GK), Hunter, Gnahoua, Watts, Cooney, Austerfield
Bookings: Moore, Bayliss, Leahy, 
Attendance: 6,918
Away: 185


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