MORECAMBE recorded two home wins in a row for the first time since moving to the Globe Arena thanks to a goal from teenage striker Jordan Burrow.
The 19-year-old, who has made a huge impression since being given his chance to shine by Jim Bentley, scored the only goal of a tight game 15 minutes from time to give the Shrimps hope that their Globe jinx may finally be coming to an end.
Burrow used his height and strength to his advantage to bundle home a Lewis Alessandra free-kick from close range.
The young striker grabbed the headlines but in truth this was an excellent team performance as the Shrimps kept the title chasing Shrimpers at bay all too easily, limiting them to few clear cut chances throughout.
Morecambe piled forward in the opening exchanges with Southend’s colourful midfielder Bilel Mohsni making two vital early blocks from Gary McDonald and Kevin Ellison.
After a bright start the game struggled to get going with a Laurence Wilson shot that hit the side netting proving to be a rare effort on goal.
Morecambe started the second half brightly with substitute Izak Reid producing an excellent cross from the right which Andy Fleming headed wide.
Southend then enjoyed their best period of the game and on 56 minutes Mohsni went close for the visitors with a looping header that beat Barry Roche but hit the top of the Morecambe crossbar.
Anthony Grant then threatened with a weaving run that ended with a shot that flew just wide of the left hand post before Roche reacted smartly to save from Hall’s long range effort. Jack Sampson saw a shot superbly blocked by Gary McDonald and Garry Hunter showed great awareness to stop Dickinson’s cross reaching the threatening Mohsni.
After surviving the pressure Morecambe hit back and scored what proved to be the vital goal from Burrow and the Shrimps were unfortunate not to win a penalty in the 87th minute when Alessandra looked to have been tripped by Luke Prosser.
However, the referee opted to wave play on and Ellison fired just inches wide of the left post from 12 yards as the ball broke free.
The decision almost hurt the Shrimps as three minutes into injury time Dave Martin’s left wing cross picked out Grant on the edge of the area but he dragged his shot wide of the left post.
Morecambe: Roche 7, Parrish 7, McCready 8, Fenton 7 (Reid 45, 7), Wilson 7 (Hunter 66), Drummond 7, Fleming 7 (Alessandra 67), McDonald 7, Carlton 7, Burrow 8, Ellison 7. Subs not used: Kettings, Price.
Southend: Morris, Clohessy, Phillips, Barker, Prosser, Timlin, Hall, Mohsni (Benyon 76), Kalala (Grant 15), Dickinson, Sampson (Martin 76). Subs not used: Ferdinand, Flood.
Referee: M Haywood.
Star man: Chris McCready has been the Shrimps’ unsung hero all season and gave another exceptional performance.