A Bury XI beat a Rochdale XI at the LFA County Ground last night to retain the LFA Senior Cup for the 2014-15 Season.
Lewis Alessandra gave Rochdale the lead on the stroke of half time, but the Shakers battled hard to equalise through Matty Foulds before grabbing the lead with three minutes to go via a Khalid Mohamed header in the box.
A strong Bury side started against Dale, including Rob Lainton, Jacob Mellis, Chris Sedgwick, Reece Brown and Danny Rose, who are all expected to be a part of David Flitcroft’s First Team throughout the season.The team also includedthree of last season’s Youth Team graduates Brayden Shaw, Scott Burgess and Marcus Poscha.
The game was a tightly contestedaffair, with both teams playing some good entertaining football, however the Shakers looked the better of the two sides for a majority of the match.
On the 9thminute this was epitomised by some brilliant passing football from Bury while going forward into their attacking third, Scott Burgess put the ball onto the left wing for Sam Gibson whose cross in the direction of Danny Rose was intercepted, however it showed early intent by the Shakers.
On the 19thminute Danny Rose had a superb chance to put the Shakers ahead after an inch perfect pass put him through on goal. Johnny Diba rushed out but his shot rose over the bar.
Rochdale started to get themselves into the game with some good chances, while keeping Bury quiet with some strong defending and on the 45thminute Lewis Alessandra chipped a ball over Rob Lainton for the opener,making sure Rochdale went in at half time on top.
Half-Time: Bury 0 – 1 Rochdale
Youth Team Manager Ryan Kidd made two changes at half-time taking off first teamers Reece Brown and Jacob Mellis for Jake Durham and George Miller.
The Shakers started the half strongly and this paid off on the 52ndminute when Matty Foulds picked up a Scott Burgess pass on the left flank before moving to the edge of the box and unleashing a low shot which flew past Diba for the equaliser.
Bury carried on pressing, but couldn’t carve out any serious chances, with Rochdale then starting to push again making the game end-to-end for a ten minute period.
It looked like it would be going to penalties before an inspired sub by Kidd got the Shakers the lead. Kidd brought on Khalid Mohamed on the 85thminute for the midfielder to convert a Burgess cross on the 86thminute, with a header in a busy Rochdale box.
Final score: Bury 2 – 1 Rochdale
Bury XI – Lainton, Poscha, Brown, Foulds, Gibson, Burgess, Sedgwick, Mellis, Shaw, Rose
Subs – Mohamed, Ruddy, Miller, Durham, Williams
Rochdale XI – Diba, Mata, Eastham, Kisimba, Barry-Murphy, Tanser, Bennett, Hasler-Cregg, Hooper, Bell, Alessandra