November 13, 2012
Shrimps edge into round two
Gary McDonald's goal on the stroke of half-time helped Morecambe beat Rochdale 1-0 in their FA Cup first-round replay at Spotland to set up a trip to npower League One Coventry.
A dire first half short on incident ended well for the visitors as they snatched the lead two minutes before the break.
Rochdale defender Rhys Bennett was off the pitch receiving treatment following a bang to the head when Izak Reid whipped in a cross.
Lewis Alessandra made the most of the defender's absence, sending a powerful header goalward and, though goalkeeper Josh Lillis was able to parry, he did so into the path of McDonald - who slotted the simplest of finishes home from five yards.
Andrew Fleming should have doubled the lead moments into the second half when he rose unchallenged to meet Alessandra's centre and sent his effort over.
The closest Rochdale came to scoring was a miscued cross from Dele Adebola, Morecambe stopper Barry Roche backpedalling to protect his goal.
|Gary McDonald (44')|
|1 Josh Lillis||1 Barry Roche|
|14 Kevin McIntyre||15 Chris McCready|
|4 Peter Cavanagh||2 Nick Fenton|
|12 Phil Edwards||22 Andy Parrish|
|3 Rhys Bennett||8 Andrew Wright|
|19 Matthew Pearson||18 Gary McDonald|
|7 Jason Kennedy||11 Kevin Ellison|
|11 Ashley Grimes||16 Stuart Drummond|
|8 Andrew Tutte||7 Izak Reid|
|15 Dele Adebola||17 Andrew Fleming|
|9 George Donnelly||9 Lewis Alessandra|
|31 Benjamin Smith||Andres Arestidou 25|
|24 Neill Byrne||Will Haining 6|
|2 Joe Rafferty||Robbie Threlfall 3|
|6 Brian Barry-Murphy||Dan Parkinson 12|
|23 Ian Craney||Chris Doyle 23|
|13 Ray Putterill||James Short 24|
|26 Joel Logan||Joe McGee 19|
|Neill Byrne for Rhys Bennett (45)||Dan Parkinson for Lewis Alessandra (90)|
|Ray Putterill for Ashley Grimes (62)|
|Ian Craney for Jason Kennedy (73)|
|Ashley Grimes (49)||Lewis Alessandra (54)|
|Kevin McIntyre (79)|
|Matthew Pearson (90)|
|· Squads: Rochdale | Morecambe|