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FC Halifax earned an FA Cup first-round replay after a brave display against League Two Morecambe.

The Shaymen rode their luck at times but defended resolutely to keep the home side at bay, and thought they had won the game in injury time when Jonathan Edwards headed in a Ryan Sellers cross, only for the goal to be ruled offside.

The home side had the majority of the chances and they came close to scoring when Halifax defender Josh Staunton headed an Andrew Tutte cross against his own bar.

Rhys Oates also went close but was denied an early second-half opener by Matty Brown who produced a superb goal-line clearance after the Morecambe player had dinked the ball over Sam Johnson.

The first half was a lacklustre affair with few clear chances.

Morecambe dominated the possession but Halifax defended well and kept the league side out with relative ease.

Visiting keeper Sam Johnson was the busier of the two stoppers and made a good save low to his left to keep out a long-range Jordan Cranston effort before reacting sharply to tip over an A-Jay Leitch-Smith shot from the edge of the box and a Vadaine Oliver header.

Oliver went close in the second half with an acrobatic overhead kick before Halifax staged their late rally.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 21Halstead
  • 2Mills
  • 5Old
  • 16Lavelle
  • 3Conlan
  • 15Wildig
  • 27CranstonSubstituted forOswellat 81’minutes
  • 17MandevilleSubstituted forTutteat 55’minutes
  • 28Leitch-Smith
  • 18OatesSubstituted forEllisonat 55’minutes
  • 9Oliver

Substitutes

  • 4Kenyon
  • 6Tutte
  • 11Ellison
  • 12Oswell
  • 13Szczepaniak
  • 14Yarney
  • 19Mendes Gomes

Halifax

  • 1Johnson
  • 40Hanson
  • 4Clarke
  • 5Brown
  • 39SkarzBooked at 25mins
  • 11OdelusiBooked at 56minsSubstituted forPrestonat 68’minutes
  • 6Staunton
  • 31MaherBooked at 73mins
  • 3Sellers
  • 9SouthwellSubstituted forEdwardsat 83’minutes
  • 8King

Substitutes

  • 10Edwards
  • 19Preston
  • 21Rowley
  • 22Leacock-McLeod
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:1,736

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamHalifax
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 0, FC Halifax Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 0, FC Halifax Town 0.

Jason Oswell (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matty Brown (FC Halifax Town).

Attempt missed. Nathan Clarke (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Andrew Tutte (Morecambe).

Cameron King (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Oswell (Morecambe).

Nathan Clarke (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

Jason Oswell (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niall Maher (FC Halifax Town).

Attempt missed. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, FC Halifax Town. Conceded by Luke Conlan.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Jonathan Edwards replaces Dayle Southwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Jason Oswell replaces Jordan Cranston.

Attempt saved. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Joe Skarz.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Niall Maher.

Booking

Niall Maher (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Steven Old (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Jordan Preston replaces Sanmi Odelusi.

Attempt missed. Sam Lavelle (Morecambe) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Skarz (FC Halifax Town).

Attempt saved. Niall Maher (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Sanmi Odelusi (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Steven Old (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sanmi Odelusi (FC Halifax Town).

Corner, FC Halifax Town. Conceded by Jordan Cranston.

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Sanmi Odelusi (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sanmi Odelusi (FC Halifax Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Andrew Tutte replaces Liam Mandeville.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Kevin Ellison replaces Rhys Oates.

Foul by Liam Mandeville (Morecambe).

Niall Maher (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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