Morecambe 1-2 Forest Green Rovers

Late goals from Jake Young and Jamille Matt kept Forest Green in the League Two play-of with victory at Morecambe.

Mark Cooper’s side looked set for defeat after a first-half goal from A-Jay Leitch-Smith but the game turned on its head in the final stages.

Morecambe took the lead in the 19th minute with a fine finish from Leitch-Smith, who drilled a superb low effort into the bottom left corner from just inside the box.

The second half started with Aaron Wildig coming close to doubling the home side’s lead as he took advantage of Luke McGee’s poor clearance to pick up the loose ball but his effort came back off the crossbar.

From there Forest Green looked the sharper side.

Odin Bailey struck the crossbar with a 25-yard eftort before Young brought the visitors level with a fine finish from eight yards after 79 minutes.

Three minutes later Matt sealed the points with a powerful header after a perfect cross from Bailey.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 1Turner
  • 5LavelleBooked at 21mins
  • 24Songo’o
  • 4Knight-PercivalBooked at 87mins
  • 2Mellor
  • 16O’Sullivan
  • 8Diagouraga
  • 10WildigBooked at 74mins
  • 3HendrieBooked at 64mins
  • 20PhillipsSubstituted forPringleat 62′minutes
  • 17Leitch-SmithSubstituted forMcAlindenat 59′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Slew
  • 11Mendes Gomes
  • 12Halstead
  • 18Pringle
  • 19McAlinden
  • 23Price

Forest Green

  • 1McGee
  • 22Godwin-MalifeBooked at 74mins
  • 5Stokes
  • 6Kitching
  • 25Richardson
  • 7Winchester
  • 8AdamsSubstituted forWhitehouseat 76′minutes
  • 28MarchSubstituted forYoungat 45′minutes
  • 17Bailey
  • 10CollinsSubstituted forWagstaffat 68′minutes
  • 14MattBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 3Bernard
  • 16Evans
  • 18Young
  • 19McCoulsky
  • 20Whitehouse
  • 21Wagstaff
  • 24Thomas

Referee:
Michael Salisbury

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Morecambe 1, Forest Green Rovers 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Morecambe 1, Forest Green Rovers 2.

  3. Attempt blocked. Yann Songo’o (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Attempt blocked. Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Elliott Whitehouse.

  5. Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Morecambe).

  7. Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jamille Matt tries a through ball, but Jake Young is caught offside.

  8. Attempt saved. Kelvin Mellor (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Hendrie with a cross.

  9. Attempt missed. Elliott Whitehouse (Forest Green Rovers) header from very close range is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Odin Bailey with a cross following a corner.

  10. Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Jake Turner.

  11. Attempt saved. Jayden Richardson (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  12. Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

  13. Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Jayden Richardson (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Morecambe).

  17. Attempt blocked. Jake Young (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamille Matt.

  18. Goal! Morecambe 1, Forest Green Rovers 2. Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Odin Bailey with a cross.

  19. Foul by Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers).

  20. Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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