January 12, 2013
Sheridan off to winning start
New Plymouth boss John Sheridan began his managerial reign with a crucial 2-1 win over relegation rivals Morecambe at a rain-lashed Home Park.
Argyle captain Conor Hourihane cracked a 20-yard rising drive past diving `keeper Barry Roche to make it 1-0 after 10 minutes.
It was a huge fillip for the home side and within six minutes Argyle were 2-0 up following a sweeping move down the left.
On-loan Ipswich striker Ronan Murray raced on to a throughball before firing over a superb, pacy cross which was turned in off the far post by Paris Cowan-Hall by way of a deft flick.
Morecambe threatened and experienced midfielder Kevin Ellison had a 29th-minute shot cleared off the line by man of the match Hourihane.
Plymouth `keeper Rene Gilmartin punched away Ryan Williams' goalbound free-kick after 70 minutes but could do nothing to keep out the Shrimps substitute's 80th-minute long-range strike, which made it 2-1.
Morecambe were reduced to 10 men in the 85th minute when midfielder Andrew Parrish was sent off for a foul on Onismor Bhasera.
But they found experienced central defender Guy Branston, 34 in midweek, in top form and failed to force an equaliser.
|20 Rene Gilmartin||1 Barry Roche|
|5 Guy Branston||2 Nick Fenton|
|16 Jamie Lowry||6 Will Haining|
|14 Onismor Bhasera||22 Andy Parrish|
|17 Curtis Nelson||3 Robbie Threlfall|
|4 Maximo Blanchard||18 Gary McDonald|
|2 Durrell Berry||11 Kevin Ellison|
|6 Conor Hourihane||7 Izak Reid|
|11 Warren Feeney||17 Andrew Fleming|
|28 Ronan Murray||9 Lewis Alessandra|
|7 Paris Cowan Hall||14 Jordan Burrow|
|1 Jake Cole||Andres Arestidou 25|
|15 Paul Wotton||Chris McCready 15|
|8 Luke Young||Dan Parkinson 12|
|3 Robbie Williams||Stuart Drummond 16|
|19 Joe Lennox||Joe McGee 19|
|10 Rhys Griffiths||Ryan Williams 10|
|29 Tyler Harvey||Jack Redshaw 27|
|Tyler Harvey for Warren Feeney (8)||Stuart Drummond for Izak Reid (31)|
|Paul Wotton for Jamie Lowry (77)||Ryan Williams for Gary McDonald (68)|
|Luke Young for Maximo Blanchard (90)||Jack Redshaw for Robbie Threlfall (76)|
|Tyler Harvey (37)||Andy Parrish (26)|
|Nick Fenton (90)|
|Robbie Threlfall (29)|
|Andy Parrish (85)|
|· Squads: Plymouth Argyle | Morecambe|