Morecambe 3 - 0 Morton

Morecambe 3 - Baker (pen 19), Hunter (65), Newby (88)
Morton 0

Attendance - 740

In an uninspiring pre-season friendly Morton were comfortably beaten by Coca League 2 side Morecambe .

Morecambe took the lead in the 19th minute when Stewart Greacen scythed down fromer Manchester United youngster Michael Twiss on the edge of the box. It was a needless, clumsy and reckless foul with Twiss facing away from goal and right at the edge of the box. He also committed a similar foul outside the box a few minutes earlier. I fear that this clumsy streak in Stewart's game could see him found out at 1st division level. Carl Baker tucked away the resulting penalty. I've uploaded a video of the penalty onto Youtube which can be viewed below, apologies for the poor quality.

Morecambe doubled their lead in the second half when Lee Robinson parried a hard shot in to the path of onrushing Hunter - who finished well. I'd say that Robinson was at fault with this goal, he parried the shot forward rather than tipping it over the bar or out to the side. Robinson however, was the one big positive we can take from this game. He made about 4 outstanding saves, regularly keeping us in the match. He looks very agile and his distribution from the back is excellent.

Morecambe's final goal was a sweeping counter attack from one end of the pitch to the other finally converted by John Newby.

Overall this match highlighted our deficencies. We played poorly and were out muscled in all departments. Although we hit the woodwork three times Stevenson freekick off the base of the post, Weatherson shot off the post and a Millar cross-cum-shot off the bar we rarely threatened in what was a disappointing match for Morton.

On this showing I think Lee Robinson will be a tremendous asset next season and Peter Weatherson shows signs of class that no one else in the team is capable of. But I don't think Adam Coakley is up to much and for me isn't worthy of a contract. Jay Shields - listed as a trialist - came on as a substitute and didn't have much time to make an impact.

Morton Team (3-5-2)

20. Robinson - 8
2. Walker - 6
3. MacGregor - 7
4. Harding - 6
5. Greacen - 4
6. Finlayson - 6 (15. Shields - 71 mins)
7. Millar - 6
8. Stevenson - 5 (17. Graham - 79 mins)
9. Weatherson - 7
10. Coakley - 6 (12. Templeman - 65 mins)
11. McAlister - 7

Unused Subs

1. McGurn
14. Keenan
16. Gilbride
18. McGeough

Morecambe Team : Wight, Howard, Adams, Artell, Bentley, Stanley, Baker, Sorvel, Curtis, Twiss, BurnsSubs: Tynan, Hunter, McLachlan, Langford, Walmsley, McNiven, Newby

* Picture - Image from the game - click to enlarge


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