Breaking News

LIVE TRAVEL: All the latest road closures

2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

Stanley in derby win

accy stanley badge

8:29am 3rd November 2014

Accrington Stanley claimed the bragging rights over Morecambe again, beating their local rivals 2-1 at the Store First Stadium.

Captain Luke Joyce set Stanley on their way to victory with an early penalty and Shay McCartan’s 25-yard drive put the Reds in command after just 11 minutes.

Paul Mullin pulled a goal back for the Shrimps after half-time but it was not enough as John Coleman’s side held on for a vital three points.

It means that Stanley have won their last four games against the Shrimps and are now unbeaten in 16 league games against their closest rivals.

Coleman made one enforced change from last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Newport County – the injured Anthony Barry dropped out of the matchday squad to be replaced by McCartan in the starting line-up.

In the opening minutes, John O’Sullivan bamboozled former Stanley man Laurence Wilson, weaved his way into the box and drew a foul from Alan Goodall, leaving the referee with no option but to point to the spot.

Joyce took responsibility for the penalty and promptly sent Scott Davies the wrong way to put Stanley ahead with his third goal of the season.

Barely five minutes later, it was double delight as O’Sullivan’s pass found McCartan, who drove in a shot from range that flashed past Davies and into the bottom corner before the goalkeeper could move.

McCartan threatened a third following a slick Stanley move involving Nicky Hunt, O’Sullivan, Sean Maguire and Lee Molyneux but Alex Kenyon was in the right place to clear the danger.

Andy Procter then saw an effort blocked and the Shrimps immediately raced down the other end with Paul Mullin escaping the Reds rearguard but a superb last-ditch tackle from Tom Aldred denied the striker a shot at goal.

The sides traded opportunities as visiting skipper Mark Hughes blocked a Maguire shot before Mullin hit a long-range shot into the arms of Jesse Joronen.

Stanley could have extended their lead further when Maguire peeled off his marker at the back post to meet Molyneux’s cross but the header lacked conviction and Davies made light work of the catch.

A chance fell to Procter shortly after when he sprang the Morecambe offside trap and raced into a 50/50 with Davies but fortunately for the visiting goalkeeper the ball span out of play for a goal-kick before the midfielder could pounce for his first goal since returning to the club in August.

Jim Bentley’s side were coming into the match, Kenyon shot into Joronen’s chest from 30 yards before Aldred was on hand to clear a Mullin cross from inside the six-yard box with former Reds striker Padraig Amond waiting to capitalise on any mistake.

Maguire had the last attempt of the half, forcing Davies to tip a shot around the post with Stanley leading 2-0 at the interval.

The Shrimps came out revitalised for the second half with Kevin Ellison’s free-kick whistling wide and Joronen tipping over another effort from the Morecambe winger – it was a warning shot that the home side did not heed.

Joronen was taken from the field on a stretcher after injuring himself making the second save from Ellison and the first thing that his replacement, Luke Simpson, had to do was pick the ball out of the back of the net as Mullin headed home from close range to bring the visitors back into the game.

Momentum was with Stanley’s Lancashire rivals and they could have equalised when Amond headed over from a free-kick with Simpson in no man’s land.

Stanley managed to turn the tide and create pressure of their own with Morecambe grateful to Davies for keeping them in the game, turning Molyneux’s shot around the post and tipping a close-range Marcus Carver header over the bar.

Molyneux drove a shot over from range before Morecambe came within inches of an equalising goal.

Kenyon tried an acrobatic effort that flew just wide of the upright with Simpson reduced to a spectator.

John Coleman’s side could have wrapped up the three points as Carver raced onto underhit backpass from Shaun Beeley but his slide-rule finish rolled agonisingly across the face of goal with no player in a Red shirt there to turn the ball home.

Molyneux’s cute pass slipped Maguire in on goal but Davies came to Morecambe’s rescue again, pulling off a smart save low down to his left.

Following the injury to Joronen and a raft of substitutions, seven minutes were added on at the end of the second half but the Reds defended superbly to secure another hard-earned win over their rivals.

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
Suggested articles
Most read
police after burnley fan violence 3

Police knew about planned football violence

They tried to attack fans, stewards and officers

sean dyche credit burnley fc

Could Dyche be off?

Everton 'interested' in the Clarets gaffer

Newer article

Hull tickets on sale

Sport: Tickets are still on sale for the Clarets Barclays Premier League fixture against Hull City at Turf Moor on Saturday 8th November (3pm kick-off).

Older article

Sean Dyche: We won't be judged on Arsenal result

Sport: Sean Dyche felt his side’s biggest challenges are to come following the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Top articles

Woman found wandering on the M6 in her PJs

Local News: She's been arrested on suspicion of drink driving

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Uganda Appeal: Re-visiting some of the people 2BR met

Local News: A month on, 2BR has a few updates for you

Kyle Edmund beats Denis Istomin to reach Australian Open third round for first time

Sport: Kyle Edmund backed up his big upset of Kevin Anderson by routing Denis Istomin to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the first time.

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day crash

Showbiz: The Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt has died of her injuries after a car crash on Boxing Day.

Interserve falls 15% as Govt 'monitors' health after Carillion collapse

National News: Interserve, a rival of Carillion until its financial collapse this week, has seen its share price fall sharply on a report the Government is closely monitoring the company.

Donald Trump's mental health given thumbs up by doctor

World News: Donald Trump asked for a cognitive test to be carried out as part of his first medical check-up as President, his physician has revealed.

Interserve falls 15% as Govt 'monitors' health after Carillion collapse

Business News: Interserve, a rival of Carillion until its financial collapse this week, has seen its share price fall sharply on a report the Government is closely monitoring the company.

Man's throat ruptured after holding his nose during forceful sneeze

Strange News: A 'fit and well' man's attempt to contain a sneeze put him in hospital for a week after he ruptured his throat.

MONEY: Planning for the future in 2018

Local News: Helping you along your Financial Journey

Near misses in drowning need to be talked about

Local News: They're the lucky ones - says Lancashire mum

LIVES IN LANCASHIRE: Tom Heaton

Local News: See how the keeper is saving more than just shots in Lancashire

HALF PRICE - Hollywood Star

Non-News: Get your half price voucher for Hollywood Star in Burnley now.

VIDEO Something Worth Fighting For

Local News: You've never seen a journalist do this...

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

Most read

Police knew about planned football violence

Sport: They tried to attack fans, stewards and officers

Could Dyche be off?

Sport: Everton 'interested' in the Clarets gaffer

@2BR