Quick-fire strikes Brew up a Shrimps’ victory

Kevin Ellison was on the scoresheet once again for Morecambe
Kevin Ellison was on the scoresheet once again for Morecambe
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Two goals in three minutes earned Morecambe a second successive away win in League Two, 2-0 at Burton Albion.

Jim Bentley’s side produced an almost perfect away performance to beat the Brewers, who started the day in second place.

After a goalless first half, Kevin Ellison and Alex Kenyon, with his first Football League goal, gave the Shrimps the advantage that they never looked like losing.

Veteran striker Ellison gave the Shrimps the lead with his sixth goal of the season on 58 minutes.

Jamie Devitt crossed to the far post, Padraig Amond headed back into the area and Ellison volleyed past Jon McLaughlin from 12 yards out.

Three minutes later, Morecambe extended their lead with a landmark goal for Kenyon.

A Devitt corner was met by Ellison and although McLaughlin did well to save his header, the ball fell perfectly for Kenyon to score from close range.

The home side had little in reply and were left ruing several missed chances in the first half.

Burton started brightly with midfielder Robbie Weir forcing Barry Roche into a smart save in the sixth minute of the game.

Adam McGurk then went close when he flicked a left wing corner just over the bar after a well worked set play.

The Brewers were then denied by a superb double goalline clearance on 34 minutes.

After good work from Alex MacDonald both Jacob Blyth and Weir saw goal-bound efforts cleared by Andy Parrish and Mark Hughes.

MacDonald ended the half with a long-range free-kick that flew inches wide of the right-hand post as Burton looked to take the lead.

After overcoming those scares, the Shrimps began the second half in style with Ellison forcing McLaughlin into a flying save with a superb long-range effort that was heading for the top left-hand corner.

Burton’s best moments in the second half were inspired by former PNE front man Stuart Beavon, who produced a series of dangerous crosses, one of which was almost converted by Blyth.

Despite Beavon’s best efforts, the Shrimps, who brought on loan signing Tom Barkhuizen for a late cameo performance, held on comfortably to move back into the top six.

Burton: McLaughlin, Edwards, Sharps, Cansdell-Sherriff, Taft, Palmer, Akins (Harness 65), Weir (Knowles 69), MacDonald, McGurk (Beavon 50), Blyth

Subs not used: Bell, McCrory, Lyness, Slade.

Morecambe: Roche, Beeley, Parrish, Hughes, Widdowson, Kenyon, Fleming (Wright 67), Devitt (Sampson 84), Ellison, Mullin (Barkhuizen 67), Amond. Subs not used: Jones, Edwards, Williams, McCready.

Attendance: 2,560.

Referee: C Boyeson.