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Report: Iron 1-1 Morecambe

21 November 2020

United drew 1-1 at home against Morecambe on Saturday, with Emmanuel Onariase scoring in the second half before being pegged back in stoppage time. However, they are now three games unbeaten in the league.

The Iron entered the game naming an unchanged team, with Olufela Olomola coming onto the bench instead of Kenan Dünnwald-Turan.  

United pressed high early into the game as Ryan Loft held off the pressure from several Morecambe players before offloading possession. Kevin van Veen almost had an opening for goal, but the visitors regained the ball.  

On eight minutes, Jai Rowe looked to link up with Alex Gilliead down the right side and threaded the ball forward for him, but Nathaniel Knight-Percival hooked clear for a throw. 

Then, soon after, Kevin van Veen came off and was replaced by Jordan Hallam. 

With 16 minutes played, Lewis Spence played a brilliant ball into Loft, who then threaded it to Gilliead on the right. He made his way into the area before his low cross was cleared.  

Two minutes later, Jordan Slew hooked a left-footed volley that went wide of the target area after he latched onto a left-sided cross from Stephen Hendrie.  

Soon after on 22 minutes, Abo Eisa was fed the ball down the left side and cut in with the step-over before his cross went wide of the target.  

Moments later, former Iron midfielder Yann Songo’o curled a long-range effort goalwards, but it hit the top of the net after clearing the crossbar. 

On 33 minutes, three Morecambe players marshalled Eisa down the left as he got the ball in his possession. He almost got half a yard on his right foot before Alfie Beestin knocked the ball into the area, from which the hosts won a goal kick. 

With 43 minutes gone, Ryan Loft tried to get a header on goal after Junior Brown’s left-sided cross goalwards, but there were too many bodies in front of the goal and the effort was blocked.  

Six minutes into the second half, Morecambe came down the right side with Brown and Onariase clearing the threat before Aaron Wildig’s 20-yard shot was blocked.  

54 minutes in, Loft took down Beestin’s left-footed cross with his eyes on the goal. His effort was blocked before Spence’s volley from the edge of the box went wide.  

Soon after, the Iron won a corner as Eisa’s shot took a deflection and he found a small angle to fire a shot. Loft rose high from Hallam’s corner but was caught by Jake Turner. 

The visitors took a shot 61 minutes in through Wildig and it was heading for the top corner, but the ball smashed into the side netting. 

Another shot was taken from Morecambe two minutes later as the same player curled a 20-yard effort wide of Mark Howard’s left-hand post, following a square ball across the area from the right side.  

With 76 minutes played, Eisa was held back as he looked to power through down the left. Brown ran by him while he was being held to keep possession before feeding Eisa into the box. His cross took a double deflection but was ruled to have gone out for a goal kick.  

Soon after, Green found Jai Rowe on the overlap with the full-back surging into the area and drawing a fine save.

With 80 minutes on the clock, the Iron found the back of the net. Gilliead tried to convert at the front post following a corner, with Beestin’s effort then saved, but Onariase turned the ball home from close range.  

On 89 minutes, bodies were put on the line as Devarn Green, who had earlier come on for Hallam, blocked an effort from Phillips before two more blocks came in.  

Two minutes into added time and the visitors equalised. Howard made a fine save from point blank range, but Wildig slammed home the rebound. 

Scunthorpe return to action on Tuesday night when they host Bolton Wanderers (7pm kick-off). 

IRON: Howard, McGahey, Onariase, Gilliead, Loft, van Veen (Hallam, 11) (Green, 68), Eisa (Hippolyte, 83) Brown, Spence (McAtee, 83), Beestin, Rowe. 

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Bedeau, Olomola.  

MORECAMBE: Turner, Mellor, Hendrie (Cooney, 84), Knight-Percival (Davis, 86), Lavelle, Slew, Diagouraga (Stockton 57), Wildig, Mendes Gomes (O’Sullivan, 86), Phillips, Songo’o (Price, 84). 

MORECOMBE SUBS NOT USED: Halstead, Pringle. 

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