Paddy spot on to earn point for Shrimps

Padraig Amond found the net from the penalty spot for Morecambe

Padraig Amond found the net from the penalty spot for Morecambe

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Morecambe maintained their impressive recent away form with a battling point at Brunton Park.

Carlisle looked set to seal the double over the Shrimps when Brad Potts scored from 25 yards early in the second half.

But Jim Bentley’s side were awarded a penalty 12 minutes from time when Paul Mullin was bundled over in the box by Danny Grainger and sub Padraig Amond made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick.

The Shrimps then went close to winning the game when Jack Redshaw’s superb long-range shot rattled the crossbar.

But Bentley’s side settled for a point to make it four games unbeaten away from the Globe Arena.

Morecambe started with new on-loan Liverpool keeper Danny Ward in the starting line-up and he was soon in action when he superbly tipped away a Kyle Dempsey drive.

Carlisle enjoyed good possession but Morecambe also looked threatening on the break and a Jamie Devitt cross was inches away from finding Jack Redshaw.

Redshaw was then booked for diving in the box as the Shrimps counter-attacked.

Carlisle midfielder Potts began to become the game’s most influential player and he fired wide twice in quick succession in the first half, before giving his side the lead seven minutes after the restart.

The Shrimps cleared a Dempsey free-kick and Potts took advantage of the time and space afforded to him to drill in a sweetly-struck shot that beat Ward low to his left.

Morecambe almost hit back immediately when Aaron Wildig, making his debut after signing on loan from Shrewsbury on Friday, breaking into the box and shooting inches wide with a shot on the turn. But from there on, Carlisle created the better chances with Potts acrobatically diverting Patrick Brough’s cross over on the hour, before missing a glorious chance to double his side’s lead when he blazed over from 12 yards out.

Bentley brought on Mullin and Amond to inject some life into the Shrimps’ attack and they both played a part in the leveller when the former was bundled over by a clumsy challenge and Amond sent Dan Hanford the wrong way from the spot.

Redshaw then hit the bar from 25 yards, before Wyke claimed a penalty at the other end.

But like Redshaw before him, Wyke was booked for a dive.

The final chance of the game fell to Carlisle substitute Billy Paynter, who narrowly failed to reach a pass from Jason Kennedy in injury time as the ball trickled wide, and the Shrimps extended their unbeaten away run to four games.

Carlisle United: Hanford, Young, Archibald-Henville, Grainger, Brough, Potts (Kearns 84), Kennedy, Corry, Dempsey, Rigg (Paynter 68), Wyke (Asamoah 84). Subs (not used): Spiegel, Buddle, Thirlwell, Griffith.Booked: Wyke.

Morecambe: Ward, Hughes, Edwards, Parrish (Amond 59), Beeley, Wildig (Fleming 65), Kenyon, Wilson, Devitt (Mullin 74), Ellison, Redshaw. Subs (not used): Stewart, Wright, Goodall, McGowan.

Booked: Redshaw

Referee: Peter Bankes

Attendance: 4,343 (383 away)