Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Carling Cup off to a shocking start...

In the first round of the Carling Cup, Preston North End FC, a Championship side were shocked by local rival Morecambe FC ("the Shrimps") who were promoted to League Football for the first time after winning the Conference Playoff Final last season:

Morecambe made a stunning Carling Cup debut by knocking out Lancashire rivals Preston 2-1 in the first round at Deepdale on Tuesday night.

The Shrimps, newly promoted to the Football League, took a sixth-minute lead through Jim Bentley's volley from a Craig Stanley cross. Danny Pugh headed a 73rd-minute equaliser for the Championship side but Sammy McIlroy's team went back in front with six minutes to go as David Artell netted a dramatic winner.
Looks like the win won't come as a shock to Preston boss Paul Simpson:

"It's a local derby and they have just been promoted and they will want to shock us," Simpson said.

"We will treat them with respect because we don't want to be upset." [Ed. sorry mate]

Simpson and Shrimps boss Sammy McIlroy are former Manchester City team-mates.

Preston supporters surely can't be happy with Simpson and definitely weren't happy with the teams effort as the end of the first half was culiminated with boo's from the home crowd.

UPDATE: Found the coverage from the local fishwrap "Shrimp's In Wonderland."

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