Bury under-18s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup on Monday night, with a very strong Fulham side beating them 4-2, despite a strong fight back.
The Young Shakers went out of the FA Youth Cup with their heads held high after a shaky start which saw them trail 4-0 after 54 minutes, but pulled it back to 4-2.
Ex-Bury Academy starlet Stevie Humphrys got the Cottagers first on the 16thminute with a fantastic free-kick straight past Michael Papastylianou into the top corner of the net.
Fulham got their second on the 24thminute when Michael Papastylianou was closed down quickly by Dennis Adeniran as he was about to kick the ball, which forced Papastylianou into kicking the ball against the midfielder with it deflecting straight into the net.
Fulham kept piling on the pressure and soon made it 3-0 with Luca De La Torre breaking free of the Bury defence and slotting the ball into the net, to make sure the Cottagers went in at half-time 3-0 up giving the Shakers a lot to do to get themselves back in the game.
The Shakers saw this as a challenge they were willing to take on and came out in the second half with an energy that showed they had a point to prove against a side two Categories above them in the English Academy structure.
They had a goal by George Miller disallowed on the 46thminute with the referee giving Fulham a free-kick after judging George Miller to have put too much force on Fulham keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond as he got high to head the ball home.
Fulham got a lucky break on the 54thminute when Stephen Humphrys broke through the Bury defence and slotted a ball past Michael Papastylianou in the Shakers net to make it 4-0.
The Shakers were still not going to lie down and got a goal back minutes later on the 56thminute through George Miller who converted well against Fulham keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond to make it 4-1.
George Miller got his second goal of the game on the 68thminute pouncing on a sliced ball by Khalid Mohamed to smash the ball into the back of the net making it 4-2.
The Shakers kept pushing and pushing for a third and then possibly a fourth, but the Cottagers defence stayed strong denying the Shakers the chance to fight back and made sure they would go through to the next round leaving Shakers hearts broken after a hard fought second half.
Starting XI: Michael Papastylianou, Rowan Kimmins, Ciaran Best (OFF - 77), Robert Bourne, Liam Williams, Josh Murray, Raquarn Crosdale (OFF - 45), Jake Durham, George Miller, Khalid Mohamed, Sam Gibson
Subs: JesseArizie, Will Osgathorpe (ON - 45), Nathan Turner (ON - 77), Jamie McCarthy, Cameron Terry (GK).
Watch extended highlights of the match tomorrow morning (16thDec).