Morecambe 2-2 Kilmarnock

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New signing Paul Mullin celebrated putting pen to paper with Morecambe by scoring both goals in the Shrimps’ draw with Kilmarnock.

Having impressed as a trialist the former Huddersfield striker officially arrived at the Globe Arena shortly before kick off on Saturday.

And after being introduced 20 minutes from time Mullin first cancelled out Josh Magennis’ header less than 60 seconds after coming on before putting the Shrimps in front on 82 minutes with a second fine finish.

The hosts were denied victory by the pick of the four goals however as substitute Tope Obadeyi fired in an unstoppable 25-yard shot two minutes from time.

The hosts felt they should have had a penalty just four minutes in when Kevin Ellison appeared to be brought down rounding Killie ‘keeper Craig Samson.

Referee Darren Bond waved away the Shrimps protests however and the visitors then should have been ahead themselves on eight minutes.

A Ryan Williams pass cannoned off Alan Goodall into the path of Jamie Hamill who one-on-one with Barry Roche saw his effort cleared off the line by a fine sliding block from home skipper Mark Hughes.

Williams, having already scored one free-kick against Preston in pre-season, then came close with a 22-yard dead ball effort 17 minutes in but fired narrowly wide after a generous whistle from referee Bond for a challenge on Andy Fleming.

In an even game it was the Shrimps who looked the more threatening as the first half progressed, Ellison poking an effort from a Laurence Wilson centre straight at Samson on 27 minutes before heading straight at the Killie ‘keeper three minutes later from a deep Shaun Beeley cross.

For the visitors, Josh Magennis was the main attacking outlet, the powerful front man shooting tamely at Barry Roche from distance and seeing a header go narrowly wide under pressure.

Despite some good football from both sides, neither seriously threatened to break the deadlock in a first half that was decent friendly fare.

The second half continued in much the same vain with chances at a real premium.

Magennis hooked an effort straight at Roche from a McKenzie cross 10 minutes after the break as both sides showed little in the way of promise in the final third.

Obadeyi injected some lift into proceedings, beating fellow replacement Chris Doyle far too easily down the Killie right before seeing his low effort saved by the legs of Roche shortly before the hour mark.

For the Shrimps, Wilson curled a right-footed effort narrowly over from 20 yards after a fine run down the left before the game came to life with two goals in three minutes.

The visitors took the lead on 69 minutes when Magennis rose above the Morecambe defence to head home Chris Johnston’s chipped left wing cross from 10 yards out.

But the Shrimps were level two minutes later, Mullin, just moments after coming off the bench, cutting in from the left before firing a low, right-foot shot from 12 yards out past Samson at his near post.

And the newest face at the Globe Arena could have turned it into a hat-trick but fired wide from the edge of the area after a Padraig Amond pass before dragging a shot narrowly wide after being played in on the left side of the area.

Mullin did finally get his and Morecambe’s second eight minutes from time, finishing well under pressure from the right edge of the area with the help of the inside of Samson’s left-hand post.

Amond nearly made it three four minutes from time but could only fire straight at Samson from Alex Kenyon’s cross.

An entertaining final 20 minutes wasn’t done however as Obadeyi’s fantastic hit from 25 yards flew past Roche and into the top corner to ensure it was honours even in an entertaining pre-season encounter.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley, Hughes (capt) (Doyle 45), Parrish, Wilson, Goodall (Drummond 63), Fleming (Wright 70), Williams (Kenyon 70), Devitt (Amond 63), Ellison (Mullin 70), Redshaw (Sampson 63). Subs not used: Arestidou, McGowan.

Kilmarnock: Samson, Hamill, Connolly (Ashcroft 45), McKenzie, Johnston, Cairney (Obadeyi 55), Trialist, Slater, Trialist (Barbour 72), Magennis (Muirhead 87), Pascali. Subs not used: Brennan, Trialist, Davidson, O’Hara, Kiltie.

Referee: Darren Bond