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Report, highlights and reaction: Morecambe 1-2 Ipswich Town

A spirited Morecambe display sees the Shrimps slip to a 2-1 defeat to Ipswich at the Mazuma.

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Morecambe’s first clear cut chance came on 17 minutes when the ball found its way to Liam Shaw, whose effort from the edge of the box was blocked.

For all the half-chances, Kieran Phillips made sure he took his opportunity when presented with it as he fired the Shrimps ahead on 34 minutes.

An excellent free-kick delivery from Donald Love was helped on by Liam Shaw, and found the striker, whose effort struck the underside of the crossbar and into the back of the net.

Ipswich looked to respond three minutes before the break when Lee Evans’ struck the post from distance, and Jackson skied the rebound over the bar from yards out.

Moments before the half-time whistle, Chaplin looked to level proceedings, but his effort from the left of the 18-yard-box sailed wide of Connor Ripley’s left-hand post.

Ipswich came out fighting after the break, with the Shrimps struggling to cope with the Tractor Biys onslaught in the early stages of the second half.

And it was nearly an immediate response for the visitors as, one minute into the second-half, Edwards rattled the post with a curling effort from the left.

Moments later and a deep cross was met by Donald Love, his attempted clearance clipped the crossbar and was eventually collected by Ripley.

Town’s pressure paid off as George Edmundson was able to find an equaliser on 54 minutes after steering home from a Leif Davis corner.

The visitors were then awarded a penalty three minutes later, after Kyle Edwards was tripped in the box by Farrend Rswson, but Ripley produced a fine save to deny Chaplin from 12 yards.

Despite Ripley’s heroics, the referee awarded another penalty to the Tractor Boys just after the hour mark, which Lee Evans converted, after Jacob Bedeau was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box.

Former Shrimp Leif Davis looked to extend his side’s advantage on 73 minutes, but his curling effort had too much elevation and sailed into the Bartercard Terrace.

Some excellent play from Cole Stockton saw the striker come agonisingly close to a Morecambe equaliser 15 minutes from time, but his flicked effort at goal rolled wide of the far post.

The Shrimps remain bottom of the League One table, and still looking for their first home league win of the season.

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