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Morecambe sinks Newport&#39 to climb into League One&#39 amid penalty controversy

The past is done. Then 14 League Two seasons at Morecambe finally found their way out, but it wasn't something how many expected. Controversial overtime for Carlos Mendes Gomes, . – the presence of non-league years has risen to third place in English football for the first time.

Perennial relegation struggles, Morecambe lost the end of the Football League when Derek Adams took over. Eighteen months later and with the department's lowest budget, the miracle was completed.

Adams has gained many fans and is affiliated with Bradford City. He gave no assurance that the shrimps would come even after their finest hour. Today was all about making history. We did this exceptionally throughout the season. I have a contract with Morecambe and we are playing for it. All I can say is that no deals were made. ”

The game contained a lot of noise, but little with magic before a rare quality moment led Ryan Haynes to drop substitute John O'Sullivan. . Bobby Madley delivered a penalty, but how little contact went outside the zone. Adams defiantly said, “Our player is facing the defender and he is lucky that he has not been kicked out or penalized.” “It was a clear penalty kick.”

Rejected, Newport's manager Michael Flynn thought otherwise, also causing the referee's inability to give his side an early point kick. Mickey Demetriou's long throw saw Morecambe goalkeeper Kyle Letheren fly to punch the ball clearly. Scott Bennett came first and nodded, Letheren dealt a blow. It was not infertile, but a different conclusion could have been reached had VAR been available.

carlos mendes gomes celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot.
Carlos Mendes Gomes celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot. Photo: Richard Heathcote / Getty Images

Flynn politely congratulated his opponents before addressing decisions that had major implications for his club. “You have to have VAR in these big games. They're going to come back with the excuse that we didn't do it all season so it's unethical. This is a lot of bullshit. There is no game that determines which league you will play in other than the play-off final. So this is a cop. Two terrible decisions and I'm heartbroken for my players, the club and the fans. ”

Newport dominated the ball, but could only set half chances as Morecambe took over an hour to register. goal-directed effort. 25 – yard shots from Ryan Cooney removed by Tom King, Letheren had to react wisely to Liam Shephard's curl shot at the other end. Letheren tipped Ryan Haynes' free kick in overtime.

In between came the moment Morecambe fans feared most: Kevin Ellison time. 42-year-old high hour Adams appeared with Morecambe before seeing him as redundant. Ellison, who was on the verge of picking up factory shifts before Flynn offered him a deal, scored when the two sides met in March when his former manager gave a wild celebration on his face. Hollywood script? Well, luck came in overtime, but he couldn't connect with Nicky Maynard's headquarters, his presence enough to keep Joss Labadie from coming after him. Or that's what the captain of Newport would want you to believe after you've somehow lifted six feet. A minute later the decisive target arrived.

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In the past 12 months Morecambe has experienced three tragedies. Defensive Christian Mbulu died suddenly on last May 18 and the club has since featured valiant Dickie Danson and 1974 FA Cup winner captain Bob Baldwin. in yourself having retained Football League status by goal difference with a draw at Coventry City, the club will now host Sheffield on Wednesday and Sunderland and Ipswich in August. “If you believe, you will get somewhere,” Adams said.

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