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Title challenge takes a knock

24 March 2015

Vale reserves well-beaten at Morecambe

MORECAME:Tom Stewart, Aaron McGowan,Nathan Bondswell (Shay Finney65) Stewart Drummond, Tyler Edwards (Adam Reynolds 52), Alan Goodall, Padraig Amond (Charlie Bailey 61) , Andrew Wright, Jack Sampson, Paul Mullin, Declan Watson.

SUBS NOT USED: Will Kitchen.

 

PORT VALE:Sam JohnsonLewis Burgin, Enoch Andoh, Ryan Lloyd, Jonathon Kapend (Chekaine Steele 72), Dan Turner, Omar Haughton (Brian Barton 72). , Kyle Clarke (James Gibbons 81), Aziz Deen–Conteh, Billy Reeves, Mackenzie Faulkner,

SUBS NOT USED:Callum Ferrie.

Although Vale showed early promise and took the lead it was the home side that took control in the second period, much as at Wigan last week, and ran out comfortable winners by the end with Sampson, Amond and Mullin all causing the Vale defence problems.   Examples of this were Jack Sampson who, though only 21 has 70 League appearances to his name and an England U19 cap and Padraig Amond with over 260 games in Ireland, Portugal and England and Ireland U21 caps and he also scored for Accrington against the Vale in 2012.   Vale were attempting to get their title challenge back on track with this visit to the Globe Arena against a Morecambe side who have gone from bottom to third in the league by winning their last two games. Vale put out a very young team with only Johnson and Lloyd with first team experience, whilst Morecambe’s was much changed from the last meeting and had considerably more experience.

 

Early Vale corner won by Kapend but nothing came of it as Bergin shot wide and Vale soon on the attack again but could not get into penalty area. Morecambe responded with a header wide from Amond and a shot from Mullin that Johnson easily saved. With 10 minutes gone Haughton saw a shot charged down as both sides looked positive. With 12 minutes gone Turner cleverly made room for a shot from the edge of the box and Stewart was at full stretch to tip around the far post as it curled goalwards. Nothing came of the corner but Andoh was soon crashing a shot wide from a good position.

 

shot powerfully and saw it deflect into the corner of the net. Morecambe responded by winning a free kick 25 yards out and Mullin’s shot flashed just wide of the post. After 30 minutes Kapend stole the ball on the edge of the area but his shot lacked power and was easily collected; Vale kept the pressure on and Haughton met a left wing cross with a powerful volley that the ‘keeper used his body to keep out at the expense of a corner.AndohAfter 19 minutes Vale took the lead after a cross into the box from the left caused some confusion and a few half chances to shot before

 

     In added time of the first period Haughton hit a long range shot that whistled just over the bar.   minute as Amond and Sampson played a one two to allow Sampson the crash the ball home at the near post from a difficult angle. Johnson was then called upon to push a shot heading towards the far post away for a corner, from which Morecambe won a free kick on the edge of the box after a push by Haughton. Johnson was down to save that and also the second shot after the ball squirmed away.thVale hd a lucky escape after Clarke misjudged a ball over the top and Amond was left with a 1 on 1 with Johnson, but Sam stuck out a leg to deflect the shot wide and save Clarke’s blushes. Morecambe did equalise a couple of minutes later in the 35

 

  minute it was 3-1 as Sampson netted his second from the edge of the box after a long ball found both Sampson and Amond free to pick a spot.thMorecambe took the lead with 6 minutes of the second period gone as Goodall played the ball over the Vale defence, who were appealing for offside as Amond placed the ball inside the post past Johnson. Morecambe had another good opportunity as Sampson controlled the ball and fed Mullin but his swing of the boot completely missed the ball. However in the 57

 

minute, as substitute Finney volleyed home from 20 yards as a header came out of the Vale box.th minute Morecambe had made all their substitutions and the game had become one-way traffic with Vale rarely getting out of their own half. Vale did make one good attack with the ball being spread wide to Deen-Conteh who found Kapend who turned well but saw his shot saved by Stewart with his feet. Soon after making their substitutions Vale had a chance as Clarke came in from the wing to shoot but his effort was well held by Stewart. After this brief period of Vale pressure Morecambe went to the other end and scored the best goal of the game in the 78thBy the 65

 

Vale fell further behind with 7 minutes to go as McGowan’s free kick saw Sampson out jumped Bergin to nod home a looping header over the stranded Johnson to complete his hat trick. Vale did have a chance to reduce the deficit with 3 minutes to go as Bergin rose at the far post to meet a corner but he direct his header back across goal and just outside the post. Morecambe then came close as Mullin shot just over the bar as the game came to an end with Vale on the back foot once more.

   

Lindon Roberts – Port Vale Volunteers Group


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