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Report, highlights & reaction: Shrewsbury Town 3-1 Morecambe

The wait for Morecambe's second League One away win goes on after the Shrimps slip to a 3-1 defeat at Shrewsbury.

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In an even opening to the game, the hosts had the better early chances. Defender Matt Pennington drove from his own half to the edge of the Morecambe box, before firing well over the bar, while Jordan Shipley found space at the back post, and his low left footed drive from 15 yards well turned away by keeper Connor Ripley.

For the Shrimps, there was plenty of neat play, but Derek Adams’ men just couldn’t quite fashion a clear scoring opportunity.

The Shrews took the lead on 33 minutes from the penalty spot. Dan Crowley was adjudged to have handled in the box from a corner, and Luke Leahy sent Ripley the wrong way to open the scoring.

Shrewsbury doubled their lead just before half time. A corner on the right was flicked on at the near post and Rob Street steered the ball home from close range.

The Shrimps went up the other end and pulled one back in additional time at the end of the first half.

Liam Shaw had a surging run into the box before cutting the ball back into the path of Dan Crowley, who curled an effort beyond Marko Marosi from 20 yards.

Morecambe thought that they equalised on 64 minutes. Dan Crowley’s inch-perfect free kick from the left-hand side met the head of Farrend Rawson at the back post. but the offside flag was raised, and the goal disallowed.

Another Crowley free kick went just wide of target soon after, while at the other end Ripley pulled off a fantastic save to deny Dunkely with 20 minutes remaining, from another corner.

New signing Oumar Niasse made his Shrimps debut with 16 minutes to play, before the hosts sealed all three points in the closing minutes. Yet another corner was sent in toward the back-post and Dunkley powered a header beyond Ripley from six yards.

Weir almost pulled one back for Morecambe in the 93rd minute. The midfielder getting a good bounce on the ball, sending his half-volley whistling past the right-hand post. He was then followed up by Cole Stockton, who showed some lovely footwork to create a yard of space for himself, but his effort from eight yards was deflected behind for a corner.

Morecambe remain in 21st place in League One, two points from safety with ten games to play.

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