Match Report


Tue 09 Aug 11

Bury vs Coventry City" target="_blank">Coventry City
by Hannah Ingram at Gigg Lane

Bury knocked their Championship opponents out of the Carling Cup in normal time with a thrilling display, seeing them come back from an early Coventry goal to finish 3-1 winners.

Riding high on confidence from their hard-earned draw at Huddersfield on the opening day of the season, Bury were more than a match for Coventry, who were fresh from a 1-0 defeat to local rivals Leicester City at the weekend.

Michael Jones tried his luck from outside the box after 4 minutes following some neat passing play from Andy Bishop, but his effort was deflected over the bar for a corner.

Lukas Jutkiewicz came close to opening the Sky Blues' account on 9 minutes but his effort from the left of the box was blocked by the feet of former Coventry youth player Cameron Belford.

David Bell did the hard work on 14 minutes by taking the ball along the edge of the box before teeing up a shot, but it was well over the bar.

Damien Mozika was close to taking the lead for the Shakers on 17 minutes with a blasted shot from outside the area which was deflected away for a corner. Steven Schumacher tried a similar tactic two minutes later but saw his effort go wide of the left post.

Coventry thought they'd taken the lead on 20 minutes with a close range goal from Roy O'Donovan, but he was judged to be offside.

GOAL! O'Donovan took the lead for definite five minutes later with a scrappy goal after Bell had turned around Efe Sodje and fired goal bound. It was initially headed against the bar by Jutkiewicz but pushed over the line by the former Sunderland","height=600, width=800,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,status=1,toolbar=1,location=1");return false;">Sunderland forward.

Bury 0 Coventry 1

Bury substitution on 30 minutes - Peter Sweeney on for Steven Schumacher

GOAL! Bury brought things level on 33 minutes with a goal from Andy Bishop. It was a well worked move which started with David Worrall on the right who crossed into the box. The ball was headed back into the path of Ryan Lowe who laid Bishop off to fire the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Bury 1 Coventry 1

Yellow card for Bury on 43 minutes - David Worrall

Gael Bigirimana ran the length of the Bury half on 45 minutes and tried a shot from the edge of the box only to see his effort roll wide of the right post.

Two minutes of added time were soon over as both teams left the field honours even after an open first half. Both sides had chances on goal and a draw at this stage seemed fair.

Half Time - Bury 1 Coventry 1

Coventry substitution at half time - James McPake on for Richard Wood

A stunning long range effort from Jones on 51 minutes forced Joe Murphy to tip the ball over the bar for a Bury corner. Taken by Peter Sweeney on the right, the ball met the head of Bishop in front of goal but he headed wide.

O'Donovan hit the side netting on 57 minutes with a drilled shot from the left of the box after picking up pace on his way forward.

A cross from Joe Skarz on 68 minutes set up Bishop in front of goal but his headed effort was palmed away by Joe Murphy.

Yellow card for Bury on 69 minutes - Damien Mozika

Yellow card for Bury on 70 minutes - Efe Sodje

Yellow card for Coventry on 72 minutes - Gael Bigirimana

GOAL! Bury took the lead in style on 75 minutes thanks to some tricky footwork from Mozika who beat his man and took the ball into the left of the box before squaring the ball to Lowe who fired the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

Bury 2 Coventry 1

Coventry substitution on 81 minutes - Connor Thomas on for Gary McShefferey

Andrai Jones took the ball down the right flank on 83 minutes before crossing to Bishop in front of goal but the height of the ball meant he headed wide.

Bury substitution on 84 minutes - Lenell John-Lewis on for Andy Bishop

GOAL! Bury made it three with two minutes of the game remaining thanks to a second goal from Ryan Lowe. A long range shot was blocked by Murphy but he spilled the ball in front of him, and Lowe was waiting to pounce, making no mistake from close range.

Bury 3 Coventry 1

Bury substitution on 90(+3) minutes - Max Harrop on for Ryan Lowe

Four minutes of additional time were played out by Bury as Coventry failed to press forward. It was a deserved win for the Shakers after an impressive second half against Championship opponents, and two more goals for Ryan Lowe's tally will set the lads up well for their first league game at home of the new season against Carlisle at the weekend.

Full Time - Bury 3 Coventry 1

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