Argyle sunk by a late Devitt winner

Jamie Devitt scored the winner for Morecambe
Jamie Devitt scored the winner for Morecambe
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Morecambe moved up to second spot in League Two after snatching a late win against an in-form Plymouth.

Jamie Devitt picked the perfect time to score his first goal of the season when he slotted home a Kevin Ellison shot at the far post eight minutes from time to earn Jim Bentley’s side a fifth win of the campaign.

In a game high on quality but low on chances the Shrimps started the sharper and had a good opportunity to open the scoring in the eighth minute with a header from Ellison who soared above the Argyle defence to get on the end of a cross from Andy Wright but sent the ball over the crossbar.

Ellison was not to be denied for long however and gave Morecambe the lead in the 19th minute.

Devitt hit a diagonal free-kick into the Argyle penalty area which was headed down by Wright and Ellison reacted first to volley the ball low past ‘keeper Luke McCormick for his fifth goal of the season.

Plymouth hit back and came up with an equaliser in the 25th minute with a well worked set piece.

Former Shrimps’ striker Lewis Alessandra provided a pinpoint free-kick from the right and Peter Hartley directed a bullet header high into the net past Barry Roche.

Plymouth then went on to enjoy a greater share of possession but failed to trouble a Morecambe defence superbly marshalled by Andy Parrish.

Morecambe went close to grabbing a second goal in the 51st minute following a corner to the far post from Devitt.

Centre-back Ryan Edwards was unchallenged as he got on the end of the cross but headed wide from close range.

Apart from that, it remained very closely contested but without too much goalmouth action as both teams struggled to find the fluency they showed in the first half.

Morecambe forced Hartley to make an important clearance from inside the Argyle penalty area in the 59th minute after McCormick failed to deal with a low cross from Devitt.

at the other end Hartley, who was a constant danger at set pieces, had another scoring chance when his header from Alessandra’s corner was pushed wide for a corner by Roche.

But from there it was the Shrimps who seemed to have the more desire to win the game.

In the 71st minute McCormick had to make a good diving save to keep out a spectacular overhead kick from Padraig Amond before a wasteful final ball from Devitt saw the Shrimps fail to take advantage of a two-on-one attack.

To his credit Devitt put the disappointment behind him and scored the winner with a neat finish seven minutes from time after Ellison drove the ball low and hard across the face of goal and the former Hull City man applied the finishing touch.

Reuben Reid had one late chance for the visitors but his low shot from a tight angle was beaten away by Roche as Morecambe sealed another excellent victory.

MORECAMBE: Roche; Wright, Parrish, Edwards, Widdowson; Devitt (rep Williams 90), Goodall (rep Kenyon 77), Fleming, Ellison; Amond, Mullin (rep Sampson 69). Subs not used: McGowan, Doyle, McCready, Arestidou.

PLYMOUTH: McCormick; Mellor, Nelson, Hartley, McHugh; Cox (rep Thomas 86), O’Connor, Blizzard; Alessandra, Reid, Morgan (rep Smalley 64).

Subs not used: Bittner, Purrington, Norburn, Banton, Harvey.

Referee: C Kavanagh

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