Morecambe 2-4 Preston North End

Richard Brodie celebrates after equalising for Morecambe from the penalty spot to make it 2-2.
Richard Brodie celebrates after equalising for Morecambe from the penalty spot to make it 2-2.

Morecambe were knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy by Preston after a pulsating local derby at the Globe Arena on Tuesday night.

The Shrimps had led at half-time but North End came back in the second half to eliminate Jim Bentley's side at the second round stage, just as they had done 12 months ago.

In an unsurprisingly tetchy start to the game, Morecambe's best bit of early play came in what has been their most profitable area in recent games, the left flank, with Richard Brodie battling his way forward and squaring for Izak Reid but the Shrimps man couldn't correct his feet in time to get away a shot of note.

Brodie then had a great chance himself. With the Preston defence and the Morecambe man himself looking for offside, he could only tamely loop the ball into Steve Simonsen's hands when he really should have given the home side the lead 20 minutes in.

The home fans' frustration wasn't to last long however as Jim Bentley's side did go ahead seconds later.

Immediately from the restart Chris Robertson's clearance was blocked and looped high into the night's sky before dropping to Brodie who poked the ball goalwards past an on-rushing Simonsen with debutante Jordan Mustoe on hand for the Shrimps to beat Andy Procter to the ball and scramble it home from a few yards out.

There were few other moves of note from either side in the opening 45 minutes with Graham Westley's North End, boasting nine changes from Saturday's defeat to Oldham, looking good in possession at times, but failing to really test their former stopper Andreas Arestidou, hero of last year's meeting between the two sides.

Brodie had another excellent opening at the start of the second period, but stumbled over the ball when played in by Jordan Burrow after the visitors had given the ball away on half way.

It was to prove costly on 56 minutes when an improved North End equalised.

Will Haining brought down Graham Cummins just outside the left corner of the Shrimps box and Nicky Wroe drove the resultant free-kick under the wall and Cummins poked home from a few yards out past a motionless Arestidou to level the scores.

After a fairly even 20 minutes the game sprang into life with three goals in a frantic five-minute spell.

North End went ahead for the first time in the game 15 minutes to go, substitute Akpo Sodje hammering the ball past Arestidou with his first touch just seconds after coming on.

The Shrimps were level just two minutes later however, referee Mark Heywood pointing to the spot after Keith Keane had manhandled Brodie in the box as he went for a right-wing Izak Reid cross.

The Morecambe man picked himself up to finally get himself on the scoresheet, sending Simonsen the wrong way from 12 yards.

But parity didn't last long, Paul Huntington rose highest to head home Scott Laird's corner and restore Preston's lead ten minutes from time.

Lewis Alessandra headed over in stoppage time in what was Morecambe's best chance to equalise before Sodje got his second moments later sealing North End's victory, the well-travelled front man converting into an open net from 25 yards after Arestidou had rushed out of his box and failed to clear the ball sufficiently.

Morecambe: Arestidou, Fenton, Haining (capt), McCready, Reid, Mustoe (Redshaw 82), McDonald, McGee (Drummond 75), Fleming, Brodie, Burrow (Alessandra 75). Subs not used: Jones, Mwasile.

Booked: Fleming

Preston North End: Simonsen, Keane, Huntington, Robertson, Laird, Welsh (capt), Wroe, Procter, Amoo (King 74), Hayhurst (Monakana 65), Cummins (Sodje 74). Subs not used: Stuckmann, Byrom.

Booked: Wroe, Welsh.

Referee: Mark Heywood

Attendance: 2,577