VIDEO and PICTURES: Morecambe 2 Plymouth Argyle 1: Match Report
MORECAMBE 2 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1
INCONSISTENT Argyle conceded a late goal as they were beaten by Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Saturday.
Striker Padraig Amond fired home in the 83rd minute as the Shrimps came from behind to secure victory.
Argyle had opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a penalty from striker Reuben Reid.
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But their lead did not last long as Kevin Ellison grabbed an equaliser for the Shrimps in what was a very open and entertaining first half.
The game was much more scrappy after the break, with few chances for either side, and a 1-1 draw looked likely.
That was until the ball broke to Amond and he crashed the ball past Argyle 'keeper Luke McCormick for the winning goal.
Argyle were unchanged from the 1-0 victory over Rochdale at Home Park last Saturday.
Midfielder Lewis Alessandra returned to the Globe Arena after opting to sign for the Pilgrims in the summer rather than extend his stay at Morecambe.
Morecambe were without key midfielder Ryan Williams because of a thigh injury.
That was one of four changes to their starting line-up from the 2-0 home defeat by Newcastle United in the League Cup second round on Wednesday.
Argyle, chasing a third consecutive victory, made a decent start to the contest.
Morecambe left-back Robbie Threlfall made a crucial clearance in only the fourth minute when Alessandra was about to get in a shot.
Soon afterwards, midfielder Dominic Blizzard sent a rising 20-yard shot over the crossbar.
Morecambe then had a spell of pressure as they forced three successive corners after Ellison had a volley blocked behind by Argyle centre-back Neal Trotman.
From the resulting set piece, Ellison had another shot deflected wide, this time by left-back Durrell Berry.
Reid lobbed the ball over Morecambe 'keeper Barry Roche but it also cleared the bar in the 23rd minute.
Argyle were rewarded for their purposeful play when they took the lead with a coolly-taken penalty from Reid.
His strike partner Marvin Morgan was fouled by centre-back Mark Hughes after a flick-on from Reid.
Reid, who had also scored a penalty in the win against Rochdale, made no mistake from the spot.
However, Morecambe equalised almost straight from the restart when Ellison broke into the box and crashed a shot past McCormick.
Argyle must have been frustrated to concede such a sloppy goal so soon after taking the lead.
Argyle captain Conor Hourihane went close with a left-foot shot which flew narrowly wide from 20 yards in the 40th minute.
Shortly before half-time Morecambe were forced into a substitution with centre-back Chris McCready replaced by Andrew Wright.
McCready fell heavily on his left shoulder after he and Morgan competed for the ball inside the Morecambe penalty area and could not continue.
The Shrimps' defender was taken off the pitch in obvious pain and it was later confirmed he had broken his collarbone.
Argyle also had to make a substitution early in the second half when Berry was replaced by Maxime Blanchard.
It was Blanchard's first appearance of the season for the Pilgrims.
Blanchard slotted into the defence at right-back with Curtis Nelson moving from the opposite side to left-back.
There was a scrappy start to the second half, but Argyle had a double chance to regain the lead in the 58th minute.
Trotman's header from a Hourihane free-kick into the penalty area was superbly saved by Roche and then Nelson's follow-up was brilliantly blocked by Andy Parrish.
Andres Gurrieri was a 72nd minute substitute for Reid, with Alessandra pushed into attack for the Pilgrims.
There was no sign of fatigue from Morecambe after their League Cup tie against Newcastle as they started to dominate possession, with the aid of a strong breeze behind them.
Trotman almost conceded an own goal in the 77th minute when the ball skimmed off the top of his head and went only inches over the bar after a cross from Amond.
But Morecambe did take the lead in the 83rd minute when Amond crashed a powerful shot past McCormick from 18 yards out.
Tyler Harvey was an 88th minute substitute for Rommy Boco as Argyle tried to come up with an equaliser, but without success.
MORECAMBE: Barry Roche; Andy Parrish, Mark Hughes, Chris McCready (Andrew Wright 43 mins), Robbie Threlfall; Stewart Drummond, Alex Kenyon, Andrew Fleming; Marcus Marshall (Jack Sampson 66 mins), Padraig Amond, Kevin Ellison (Tony Diagne 90 +3 mins).
Substitutes (not used): Joe McGee, Joe Mwasile, Chris Doyle, Andreas Arestidou (gk).
ARGYLE: Luke McCormick; Curtis Nelson, Neal Trotman, Guy Branston, Durrell Berry (Maxime Blanchard 49 mins); Lewis Alessandra, Dominic Blizzard, Conor Hourihane, Rommy Boco (Tyler Harvey 88 mins); Reuben Reid (Andres Gurrieri 72 mins), Marvin Morgan.
Substitutes (not used): Jake Cole (gk), Andre Blackman, Luke Young, Jamie Richards.
REFEREE: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)
ATTENDANCE: 1,796 (390 away)
GOALS – Morecambe: Ellison 29 mins, Amond 83 mins; Argyle: Reid (pen) 27 mins