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Report: U18s v Port Vale

2 March 2015

Bury Youth team made it eleven games unbeaten in the league, with a 3-0 win over Port Vale

Bury kept their impressive run of games unbeaten alive, with a battling 3-0 win over Port Vale at Vale Park.

The Shakers have moved themselves ahead of the pack in the Youth Alliance league, with a number of teams around them dropping points.

The game started as an even affair with very few chances falling for either side, the first real chance came for Vale. 

A run down the right was crossed into the far post evading all Bury defenders to fall to a Vale striker who only needed to place it into the net, but it went wide to the dismay of all the Vale team.

Another chance for Vale came on the 22nd minute when a shot from 25 yards out tested Jack Ruddy in the Shakers net.

Bury weathered the storm from Vale and started to press the Staffordshire side, the game was even with neither side really looking like scoring.

However, a bit of magic will always make the difference to set the game alight. That bit of magic came on the 25th minute.

Robert Bourne made a fantastic run in the centre finding a spot to place his shot right into the top corner from 30 yards out making it 1-0 to the Bury youngsters.

Vale again had a number of chances, but the Shakers showed why they are top of the table, staying strong to deny them any room to get a shot at goal.

Bury went into the half 1-0 in what was an even half, with Bourne’s thunderbolt the only difference between the two sides.

Ryan Kidd and his coaching staff must have given a motivational speech reminiscent of Any Given Sunday, as the team came out in the second half and dominated for the whole 45 minutes.

On the 51st minute, Khalid Mohamed tapped home at the far post after George Miller made a great run into the box after a pin point pass by Liam Williams, to pull out the Vale keeper to give Mohamed plenty of space to make it 2-0.

Bury had a number of chances in the next ten minutes, but none really noteworthy. However, they kept probing the Vale defence until the third goal came on 68th minute.

The Shakers hit Vale on the counter-attack, with Raquarn Crosdale playing a through ball into the on-running Scott Burgess whose rocket shot hit the crossbar and in.

The game carried on with Bury having a number of chances to make it an even higher score, but Vale kept strong t deny them. 

This was a great win by the lads with a number of players being injured, ill or with the first team, which paved the way for one under 16 (Liam Williams) to start the match and two to make an appearance (Soloman Abubakar and Will Osgathorpe), as well as an under-15 making an appearance (Ryan Cooney).

This was really a game which showed how good the academy is looking at the moment, with a number of exciting players coming through the ranks at each age group.

Watch highlights of the game here:

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