ASFC vs Morecambe

League 2
vs
16/04/2016
Score: 2 - 2

Match Report

Two goals from Josh Windass weren’t enough to give Stanley all three points against local rivals Morecambe.

The forward cancelled out an early goal for the visitors and turned things around after the break only for Tom Barkhuizen to net an equaliser.

The Reds probed early on but didn’t create a clear opening and found themselves behind to a first dangerous foray from the visitors.

Morecambe’s top scorer Shaun Miller’s opener was all his own work; the former Crewe striker surging into the box and drilling a strike into the top left corner of the net from a tight angle with his left foot.

Bright sunshine turned into heavy hailstones immediately afterwards as Stanley set about conjuring a leveller.

It came in the 21st minute, with Windass dashing into the right channel and lashing his 13th goal of the campaign past Kieran O’Hara at his far post.

With parity restored John Coleman’s team had their best spell of the half, with Windass guiding a low shot wide before seeing a volley deflected wide for a corner before O’Hara made a good save from close range to deny Piero Mingoia.

It wasn’t all home pressure though, with Ross Etheridge called upon to collect a Ryan Edwards header and make a save from Tom Barkhuizen.

Defensive interventions prevented Stanley testing O’Hara again before the break with another Mingoia shot blocked before captain Seamus Conneely saw a deflected effort easily taken by the keeper.

Immediately after the restart the home side promptly turned things around with Windass finding a second goal. First Kee was fouled inside the D and Windass hit the top of the wall with the free kick and from the resulting corner they were handed their chance to take the lead.

Sean McConville delivered to the far post and in the middle of a melee referee Scott Duncan pointed to the penalty spot. Windass stepped up, drilled the ball low and left and sent O’Hara the wrong way to make it 2-1.

Brad Halliday saw a strike blocked before Shaun Beeley guided a Mingoia cross just wide of his own post as the Reds looked to extend their lead.

But it was the visitors who struck next, countering from the corner Beeley conceded. Halliday failed to clear his lines inside his own half and Tom Barkhuizen sprinted through one on one to beat Etheridge and make it 2-2 with 12 minutes left.

With the Shrimps level their confidence was high and former Red Lee Molyneux was off target as they looked to take the lead.

The late pressure came from Stanley though as they piled forward seeking a winner.

Sub Andy Procter shot over from a Windass cross before the same provider was inches from providing Kee with a winner.

Coleman’s team went closer still seconds later when another replacement, Tariqe Fosu, rattled the post from inside the box and O’Hara somehow kept out the follow up shot.

There could have been another penalty in stoppage time when Andy Parrish dived in on Halliday inside the box but the full back kept his feet and Mr Duncan waved play on.

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