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Report, highlights & reaction: Burton Albion 1-1 Morecambe

A sensational strike from defender Ryan Delaney salvaged a vital point for the Shrimps against Burton Albion in League One.

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Delaney’s first goal for the club – a 25 yard blockbuster into the top corner 13 minutes from time – earned Derek Adams’ men a draw, although Morecambe remain bottom of the table, still with only one win this season.

The Shrimps who came close early on, after Ben Garratt misread the bounce of the ball, and as Dylan Connolly attempted to punish the goalkeeper, his effort went wide.

John Brayford came close for Albion on seven minutes, his well-struck volley forced Ripley into a full stretch diving save to tip the ball behind for a corner.

On the half-hour mark, Davis Keillor-Dunn opened the scoring for the hosts with a strike from the left of the box into the far corner from 15 yards.

Their advantage was nearly doubled ten minutes before the break after Sam Winnall found space in the box, but his header flew narrowly wide.

Two minutes before the break and Derek Adams’ men thought they were level; The ball found its way to Liam Gibson who powerfully struck on target, but an impressive one-handed stop from Garratt denied the Shrimps an equaliser. 

The start of the second half was quite the contrast to the first, with the opening chance falling on 58 minutes, Liam Gibson’s deep free kick was met by the head of Ryan Delaney, but his effort lacked power.

It was then Albion’s turn to try their luck six minutes later, Jonny Smith drilled a low cross into the six-yard box, but the ball just about rolled beyond the touch of Adeboyejo.

The Shrimps kept pushing, and were eventually rewarded on 78 minutes through Ryan Delaney.

After receiving the pass from Liam Shaw, the defender took a few touches before unleashing a powerful strike from the edge of the box which flew beyond Garratt and into the back of the net.

There was one last chance for the hosts in stoppage time, but Adeboyejo’s header was wide of the target.

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