Trialist Paul Mullin scored twice as Morecambe kicked off their pre season preparations in style with a 5-0 win at AFC Liverpool.
The former Liverpool and Huddersfield youngster impressed for the Shrimps with a goal in each half which added to efforts from Jack Sampson, Jamie Devitt and new signing Alan Goodall as Jim Bentley’s side stared the new campaign brightly
In front of a healthy crowd at the Arriva Stadium Morecambe took an early lead when some slack defending was punished as Mullin stabbed the ball home from close range.
Morecambe then had several other half chances as home keeper Stepehen Longrigg saved at close range from Mullin while Ryan Williams struck the bar from a trademark 25 yard free kick.
James Buckley almost found an equaliser when he met Michael Girvan’s deep cross with the outside of his left boot but his effort curled marginally away from the post, forcing Andreas Arestidou to scramble desperately across his goal.
After Francis Barry had tried his luck with a long range effort, new signing Jay Robinson almost marked his debut with a goal when he placed his shot a yard beyond the far post.
The Reds then came even closer to finding an equaliser when Jay Wynne struck the top of the crossbar with a sweet strike from the edge of the box.
The second half, which saw multiple changes for both sides, was a lot more comfortable for the Shrimps who scored four time.
Mullin was denied twice in quick succession by Ryan Jones and then Jay Wynne before the Shrimps took advantage of a series of corners with Sampson making it 2-0 before Goodall marked his first appearance for the Shrimps with a third
Marcus Marshall was denied twice in quick succession before Devitt scored a superb individual fourth before Mullin scored his second in the last minute when he sslotted the ball underneath Jones to end the night in style for the Shrimps.
AFC Liverpool: 1.Stephen Longrigg 2. Michael Girvan 3.Muktar Mahama 4.Tom Stewart 5.Jay Wynne 6.Jack Sinnott 7.James Buckley 8.Steven Williams 9.Jay Robinson 10.Francis Barry 11.Ryan Cox
Substitutes: 12.Darren Torpey 13.Ryan Jones 14.Nathan Valentine 15.Nevil Picton 16.Carl Pearce 17.Ionut Cuciorva
First Half: 1.Andreas Arestidou 2.Aaron McGowan 3.Laurence Wilson 4.Ryan Edwards 5.Mark Hughes 6.Alex Kenyon 7.Andrew Wright 8.Ryan Williams 9.Paul Mullin 10.Jack Redshaw 11.Kevin Ellison
Second Half: 1.Andreas Arestidou 2.Shaun Beeley 3.Alan Goodall 4.Andy Parrish 5.Chris Doyle 6.Andrew Wright 7.Tom McCready 8.Jamie Devitt 9.Paul Mullin 10.Marcus Marshall 11.Jack Sampson