Bury's development squad made it through to a second consecutive Lancashire FA Senior Cup final, after knocking Wigan out of the cup 3-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in full-time...
Under difficult playing conditions it was Matty Hamilton who gave the home side the lead in the 36th minute, until Robert Bourne levelled the game just after half-time, with a wondrous right-footed strike from around 25 yards.
The Shakers could have put the game to bed in the 56th minute, when Connor Keane gave away a penalty after clattering into George Miller; Brayden Shaw stepped up to the spot but much to his dismay his effort was denied by Keane, who stopped the shot down to his left side. Just a minute later the Latics were left under pressure, when Joey Johnson was shown a straight red card for a poorly timed two-footed lunge on Matty Foulds.
Bury piled on the pressure for the remaining 30 minutes of the second-half, dominating possession and relentlessly attacking the Latics' goal – but it was Conor Keane in net who kept the home side in the tie, after producing a string of quality saves to deny the Shakers.
After four minutes of added time the game went straight to penalties.
Louis Robles stepped up to take the first penalty against Rob Lainton, and was denied by a strong save from the Bury goalkeeper.
Keil O'Brien was the first of the Shakers to step up to the penalty spot, but much to his disappointed he had two efforts denied by Keane, after the referee made the Bury captain retake the spot kick as Keane had been judged to have left his line early.
Tim Chow was second up for Latics and fired his effort straight into the top right corner of Lainton's goal.
Joe Thompson was next up, striking the ball well and bringing things level at 1-1.
The Latics' third was denied by a fantastic save from Lainton, seeing the ball pushed over the bar.
Bury wasted no time in capitalising with a well taken penalty from youngster Burgess.
And after another fantastic stop from Lainton to deny Jordan Flores, it was left to Bury's trialist to take Bury into the final of the LFA Senior Cup final – he calmly stepped up to the spot and expertly slotted the ball straight past Keane into the bottom left corner, sending the cup holders through to the final 3 – 1 on penalties.
Bury: Lainton, Holding (Poscha 60), Gibson, Foulds (Capt), O'Brien, Bourne, Thompson, Burgess, Shaw, Miller, A.Trialist.
Subs: Williams, Mohamed, Crosdale, Durham
Latics: Keane, Chow (Capt), Lambert, Poole (Gregory 67), Baxendale, Balogun, Johnson, Purzycki, Robles, Hamilton, Flores
Subs: Evans, Lingard, Barrigan.