Bury 0 Sheffield United 2
The Shakers were overpowered by a confident Sheffield United side, who scored a goal in each half to take all three points back over the Pennines.
Jonathan Forte finished off a slick move late in the first half, blasting the ball past Trevor Carson from just inside the box, before Jamie Murphy doubled the score line after an hour with an impressive one-man effort.
As much as the Shakers tried to find a space to take the ball forward, a resilient Blades defence continued to soak up any pressure. Bury’s best chance fell to Ashley Eastham on 52 minutes as he somehow managed to poke the ball over the bar from close range at the far post.
The visitors looked closest to breaking the deadlock on 9 minutes, after a neat cross was whipped in from the right and Jonathan Forte got his foot behind it, but luckily for Bury, he shot straight at Trevor Carson.
Steven Schumacher looked inches from taking the lead for Bury on 18 minutes, but his ambitious effort took a deflection and sailed just wide of the post.
Ryan Flynn tried his luck from the left of the box on 31 minutes, following a confident build up from the visitors, but Carson had it covered in the middle of the net.
GOAL! The deadlock was broken on 39 minutes after plenty of quick feet from Forte upset the Bury back line once again and he curled the ball past Carson from just inside the box.
Bury 0 Sheffield United 1
One minute of added time saw Bury consider their options as they left the field to prepare for another 45 minutes of pressure from the visitors.
Half time – Bury 0 Sheffield United 1
A curling free kick from Schumacher on 52 minutes found Ashley Eastham at the far post, but he somehow poked the ball over the bar from close range.
GOAL! Sheffield United doubled their lead with a well-taken one-man move from Jamie Murphy on the hour. He took the ball past his marker on the left of the box before finishing past Carson from a tight angle.
Bury 0 Sheffield United 2
Bury substitution on 63 minutes – David Worrall on for Steven Schumacher
Sheffield United substitution on 74 minutes – Barry Robson on for Jonathan Forte
Despite Bury’s best efforts, penetrating the solid Blades defence seemed impossible as it soaked up any pressure from the home side. The introduction of Worrall did spice things up on the left wing, but it didn’t seem enough for the Shakers to get on the score sheet.
Bury substitution on 82 minutes – David Healy on for Andy Bishop
Stephane Zubar left his man for dead on 84 minutes, before taking the ball forward into the box. Healy was waiting to his right, but by the time the ball made it to his feet, the offside flag was up.
Sheffield United substitution on 89 minutes - Joe Ironside comes on for Dave Kitson
Full time – Bury 0 Sheffield United 2
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