Millers FT; Morecambe 2 Rotherham United 1

Ben Pringle shoots as former Miller Kevin Ellison looks to block
Ben Pringle shoots as former Miller Kevin Ellison looks to block
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ROTHERHAM United old boy Kevin Ellison returned to haunt his old club with a late winner for Morecambe.

Ten-men Millers, who were on top throughout, were left heartbroken when Ellison’s last-minute goal consigned them to defeat, and around two dozen Rotherham fans ran on the pitch to confront Ellison after the final whistle.

From a cross from the right Ellison got above Dale Tonge to send a header looping beyond Scott Shearer and just under the bar before running away waving his shirt in the air.

With Alex Revell in particular impressing, Rotherham were the more dominant side but couldn’t find the breakthrough.

In the second half, though, a goal seemed inevitable and it duly came on 56 minutes - yet it was Morecambe who got it, totally against the run of play.

Michael O’Connor fouled Andy Fleming 25 yards out, and from the resulting free-kick left back Robbie Threlfall curled the ball around the wall and past Shearer’s right hand.

Just after the hour mark, Rotherham did equalise - with a massive stroke of fortune.

Kari Arnason found Lionel Ainsworth who was central. From 25 yards out he hit a low shot and it struck the legs of Revell about 18 yards out and the ball was diverted wide of the stranded Barry Roche.

Then with 20 minutes left Rotherham were down to ten men through a sending off.

John Mullins challenged Andrew Wright as he burst through and the referee consulted with his linesman before showing Mullins the red card.

It had been all Rotherham up to that stage but the home side sensed an opportunity to make their one man advantage count - and Ellison’s strike sealed all three points.