Morecambe FC denied by Liverpool’s late double

Kevin Ellison put Morecambe in front against Liverpool
Kevin Ellison put Morecambe in front against Liverpool
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Two goals in the last 10 minutes meant Morecambe concluded their pre-season with defeat to a Liverpool XI made up of the Reds’ younger players.

Jim Bentley’s side had taken a 53rd minute lead through Kevin Ellison but late efforts from Jack Dunn and Brooks Lennon gave the visitors victory.

The game saw a start for the Shrimps’ new signing, keeper Danijel Nizic, who penned a two-year deal to provide competition for Barry Roche.

The first half brought little in the way of genuine chances, although both sides should have found the net.

The best chance came inside three minutes when Morecambe striker Rhys Turner outmuscled a defender when chasing a ball forward.

Having done that, he could only shoot straight at the advancing Kevin Kelleher and the Liverpool keeper grabbed the loose ball.

Paul Mullin also had an opportunity when he dispossessed a defender, beat another, but saw his effort blocked by Tom Brewitt.

That was as good as it got for the home side in the first half with too many misplaced passes in the final third.

As for Liverpool, their main outlet was the impressive Harry Wilson, who was at the heart of their attacking play.

He sent one effort off target, saw one cross volleyed over by Samuel Hart and then had another missed completely by Lennon with the goal gaping.

Bentley’s men began the second half on the front foot with Aaron McGowan curling an effort against the Liverpool bar before Ellison broke the deadlock.

He timed his run perfectly in behind the Liverpool defence to collect Aaron Wildig’s pass and slot the ball beyond the onrushing Kelleher.

The lead was almost cancelled out within seconds as Dunn fired narrowly off target.

Both sides took the chance to rotate their players as the half progressed but it was Liverpool whose game suffered the least for it.

Hart twice came close but it was Dunn who levelled on 80 minutes, capitalising on an error to fire past Nizic.

Morecambe should have gone back in front moments later but substitute Lee Molyneux fored off target when he should have at least tested Kelleher.

He was punished for his generosity within minutes as the ball was worked from right to left inside the Morecambe area and Lennon finished clinically.

There was still time for the Shrimps to come close to a leveller but Brewitt cleared off the line in quick succession from Andy Fleming and Liam Wakefield.