Dale comeback denies Shrimps
Rochdale recovered from a disastrous first half to earn a 3-3 draw with Morecambe at Christie Park.
Last Updated: 04/09/09 10:25pm
Three second-half goals saw Rochdale bounce back from a nightmare first half to rob Morecambe of their first win of the season in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Sammy McIlroy's strugglers were superb in the first half and three goals in nine minutes saw them look set for a welcome victory.
Phil Jevons gave the Shrimps the lead after 33 minutes when he latched on to Laurence Wilson's square ball to beat Kenny Arthur low to his left. Five minutes later the home side doubled their advantage when Ian Craney robbed Tom Kennedy of possession and fired a low shot past Arthur from the edge of the area.
To make matters worse for the Hornets their defence was caught out again by Jevons as he nipped in between defender and goalkeeper to poke the ball into the empty net.
But then Keith Hill's side picked themselves up and dominated the second 45 minutes.
Chris Dagnall started the fightback with a goal after 48 minutes thanks to a low finish and a header from Joe Thompson was followed by a fine 20-yard strike by substitute Dale Stephens to set up a thrilling finale with both sides missing chances to win the game.