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FA Cup Exit For Pools

4 November 2017

Pools were knocked out of the FA Cup this afternoon by Morecambe who won 3-0 in the First Round match at The Globe Arena.

Scott Loach was called into action after just a minute as he pulled off a great save to tip an Adam McGurk volley over the bar.

And that signalled the intent from the hosts as Pools faced a real onslaught from the hosts in the opening twenty minutes.

Loach was back in action just after the goal, getting down bravely at the feet of Steve Old to collect the ball as Morecambe looked for an early lead.

The lead did come and it arrived after just four minutes; with Pools looking unsettled at the back, a ball into the box was fired goalwards by Aaron Wildig. Loach blocked but Kevin Ellison arrived to hit the rebound into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to his side.

Harrison’s side really did struggle to find their feet and did little to trouble Barry Roche in the home goal in the first half.

There were injuries to players on both sides which slowed things down a little but while Pools did slowly start to see more of the ball, there was little to suggest an equaliser.

Morecambe maintained the high intensity that they started the game with, pressing and chasing every ball, leaving Pools with little space or time on the ball.

The best Pools offered in the first half came shortly before the break as both Blair Adams and Jonathan Franks sent in decent crosses from the left but both were cleared by the home defence.

There was a let-off just before the break as Pools switched off at the back, allowing the experienced Ellison to chase forward but just as the striker prepared his shot, Adams got back to block out the danger.

Pools looked brighter instantly after half time with an early cross from Kenton Richardson on the right calling Roche into action for the first time this afternoon.

The second half continued to be more competitive, with a real edge to the game and chances at both ends.

Garry Thompson blazed over high over the bar for the hosts, while Kenton Richardson threw himself at a cross into the box from the left but his header hit the side netting.

Pools were starting to find their stride though and there were more chances to come.

Jonathan Franks got on the end of a Rhys Oates fizzed ball in but Franks’ flicked effort was tipped over the bar by Roche at full-stretch.

But with Pools looking to be upping the pressure at one end, a slip at the other allowed Morecambe in to double their lead.

Sub Vadaine Oliver picked up a loose ball at the back and fed the ball on for Andrew Fleming who pushed into the box and finished coolly past Loach to make it 2-0 on 68 minutes.

The action didn’t finish there though as Scott Loach made a good save to block from Oliver who had shaken off the attentions of Louis Laing to get a low shot in, while Featherstone flashed a ball across the face of goal at the right end for Pools.

But despite the improved second-half display, things just weren’t falling for Pools this afternoon and in the end, it was a comfortable win for Morecambe.

The result was capped off in the 86th minute when sub Adam Campbell smashes a shot at goal that cannons off the post, hits against Scott Loach and rolls into the net to make it 3-0 and seal Morecambe's place in the Second Round of the FA Cup.

Despite the result, the support of the traveling army of Pools fans did not let up and the noise right up to the final whistle was almost entirely made by the visiting supporters who backed their team to the very end.

Full Time: Morecambe 3 Pools 0

Booked: Donnelly (9), Featherstone (79)

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Brough, Kenyon, Old, Thompson (Rose 86), Fleming, Ellison, Wildig (Campbell 70), Muller, McGurk (Oliver 65).
Subs Not Used: Nizic, Conlan. Lavelle, Osborne. 

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Donnelly, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, George (Munns 75), Woods (Rodney 60), Deverdics, Franks, Oates.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Harrison, Newton, Hawkins, Simpson.

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