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Report, highlights and reaction: Portsmouth 0-0 Morecambe

Morecambe earned an excellent point in a goalless draw against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Easter Monday.

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There was an early chance for the Shrimps, as Donald Love dispossessed a Pompey man before crossing into the path of Cole Stockton, his shot was deflected away for a corner.

Pompey came close to opening the scoring on 14 minutes when an Owen Dale cross to the back post was just missed by top scorer Colby Bishop.

Stockton saw another effort deflected behind and, glanced a header wide, before Dane Scarlett broke through on goal before rounding Connor Ripley, but his pass back into the mix could only find a red shirt.

Pompey midfielder Tom Lowery then broke free in the box and saw his shot fly narrowly wide of the far post, as the first half came to an end.

On 56 minutes the Shrimps produced another chance, this time Jensen Weir finding a way through on goal, but his effort was straight at the Pompey goalkeeper Macey.

Substitute Reeco Hackett tested Connor Ripley on 63 minutes after controlling the ball and firing at goal, but the Shrimps’ shot stopper had it covered at his near post.

Stockton was in the right place at the right time to clear the danger off the line from a corner, before Morecambe came close to snatching a winner four minutes from time.

The Shrimps broke down the right through Weir, but his pull back to Jake Taylor saw the substitute send the ball well over the crossbar from six yards.

Goalkeeper Ripley was called into action in the final seconds of the game and managed to deny Hackett and point-blank range low down to his left, ensuring the Shrimps left Hampshire with a point.

The result leaves Morecambe still five points from safety, with four games to play in League One.

 

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