March 29, 2013
Shrimps deny U's late on
Substitute Jack Redshaw headed an equaliser deep into stoppage time to snatch a 1-1 draw for Morecambe against play-off outsiders Oxford at the Kassam Stadium.
Robbie Threlfall's superb inswinging corner drifted over U's keeper Luke McCormick and Redshaw headed powerfully home at the far post.
Oxford looked to be heading for a win that would have kept alive their faint hopes of reaching the play-offs. Alfie Potter fired in an angled shot on the hour mark from Sean Rigg's pass, though goalkeeper Barry Roche will be disappointed with himself that he could not do more to keep the effort out.
In the first half there was a lack of confidence in the Oxford team having lost their last two and on a pitch that made passing and control difficult.
Tom Craddock had an early opportunity to chip Roche but curled his effort wide. And when Potter was presented with a free header from Damian Batt's right-wing cross, he failed to get enough on it and saw the ball drift across the box.
Stewart Drummond had a similar free header for Morecambe from a corner at the end of the first half but saw it blocked on the line.
The U's stepped up the tempo after the break but Craddock blazed over from Batt's pass, with Batt probably better placed to have had a shot himself.
Kevin Ellison went close for the Shrimps late on with a 20-yard shot on the turn that just cleared the bar before Redshaw pounced in injury time.
|24 Luke McCormick||1 Barry Roche|
|16 Andrew Whing||15 Chris McCready|
|6 Jake Wright||6 Will Haining|
|4 Michael Raynes||3 Robbie Threlfall|
|2 Damian Batt||8 Andrew Wright|
|26 Liam Davis||18 Gary McDonald|
|14 Sean Rigg||11 Kevin Ellison|
|27 Scott Davies||16 Stuart Drummond|
|9 James Constable||17 Andrew Fleming|
|29 Tom Craddock||26 Chris Holroyd|
|15 Alfie Potter||9 Lewis Alessandra|
|21 Wayne Brown||Andres Arestidou 25|
|23 Luke O'Brien||Chris Doyle 23|
|22 Harry Worley||James Short 24|
|8 Simon Heslop||Joe Mwasile 20|
|25 Josh Parker||Ryan Williams 10|
|35 Callum O'Dowda||Jack Redshaw 27|
|11 Jon-Paul Pittman||Jordan Burrow 14|
|Josh Parker for Tom Craddock (75)||Jack Redshaw for Chris Holroyd (65)|
|Jordan Burrow for Lewis Alessandra (78)|
|Joe Mwasile for Gary McDonald (85)|
|Will Haining (51)|
|· Squads: Oxford United | Morecambe|