Shakers blown apart and out of the Emirates FA Cup
The game began with the Shakers looking the brighter side and, with absolutely no sign of what was to come, Greg Leigh produced a telling run into the Wombles box from the half way line, it was a run that showed some intent and he forced his way to just inside the area but his ball to Hallam Hope on the edge of the six-yard box was smashed clear by the home defence. Moments later, Hallam Hope burst down the flank at pace to produce an excellent cross into the area. The delivery, packed with pace and power, just needed that final touch to send it goalwards, but the touch never came and the home side quickly dealt with the ball and cleared.
The first chance of the game came on 12 minutes when Andy Barcham delivered a cross into the Bury box, Lyle Taylor rose amongst the Shakers defence and managed to put a glancing blow onto the ball with his head, but not enough to put the ball on target with his effort flying just wide of the Shakers upright.
The Shakers should have taken the lead a minute later when Vaughan delivered a cross field ball to the unmarked Neil Danns on the edge of the Wimbledon area, Danns controlled the ball and set up his powerful shot with time and ease though, when the shot came, it flew straight at ‘keeper James Shea who managed to throw his body behind the effort to deny the former Bolton Wanderers man.
Barcham produced the next chance on 19 minutes after being slipped into the box with a deft touch from Taylor, he managed to turn and let loose a shot that, thankfully, drifted wide of the Shakers post. However, Barcham’ s game was ended minutes later following a challenge and Dominic Poleon replaced him and the change had an almost dramatic effect on the game.
Within minutes of coming onto the pitch, former Shakers loanee Poleon went down in the Bury area and although the referee was quick to deny any penalty, the mood had been set as two minutes later the Wombles were in front. Poleon was involved in the build-up but it was the Wombles other main threat – Lyle Taylor – that created the chance. A telling ball along the floor, with the barest of challenges being made, found Robinson in a packed six-yard area and he did just enough to divert the ball beyond Williams from close range to hand the advantage to the home side.
GOAL: AFC Wimbledon 1 Bury 0 (Robinson 27)
It took Wimbledon a further six minutes to increase their lead and it came following an absolute howler from the Shakers as Tom Soares and Andy Tutte got themselves into a mess with misplaced passes and an ineffective back pass that resulted in the ball finding Dean Parrett who had the easiest of tasks to drive the ball home from just inside the area.
GOAL: AFC Wimbledon 2 Bury 0 (Parrett 31)
The Shakers were awarded a free kick minutes later after a heavy challenge on Vaughan and, with the home side content on throwing bodies into the wall, it was left to Jacob Mellis to drive the free kick straight into that wall before the home side broke and cleared the danger from their own area.
Moments later Neil Danns was caught on the ball and the movement from Taylor and Poleon was causing problems at the back for the Shakers and it was their quick break with the ball that saw Parrett shoot on goal from the edge of the area but, thankfully, it drifted wide of the post.
Bury then replaced Greg Leigh with George Miller and shifted formation to a 3-4-3 with Soares dropping to the back three alongside Kay and Barnett. Sadly, the change in shape didn’t bear any fruit for Bury as, moments later, Dominic Poleon charged into the Bury area, but a stunning challenge form Antony Kay saw the chance slip away and the ball out for a Bury goal kick.
Jacob Mellis had the next chance for the Shakers with a long range drive from outside the area, but his shot, although packed with power and pace, was straight down the ‘keeper’s throat and he dealt with the shot easily.
Wimbledon should have scored a third goal on 41 minutes as an awful ball from Leon Barnett was picked up by Taylor and, with only ‘keeper Williams to beat, Taylor attempted to take the ball around the Bury stopper but he, somehow, managed to stretch to knock the ball away from Taylor allowing Soares to smash the ball up the field and away from danger.
A third goal did, eventually, arrive as the game went into added time and this time it was Robinson who created the chance as he slipped the ball to Poleon on the edge of the area where the former Leeds United man took one touch before firing a ferocious shot at goal that beat Ben Williams all ends up and effectively ended the game, as a contest, at half time.
GOAL and HALF TIME: AFC Wimbledon 3 Bury 0 (Poleon 45)
Bury made another change at the break with Niall Maher replacing Leon Barnet and it was the Shakers who should have grabbed a goal back. James Vaughan created himself a chance on the six-yard line but he somehow managed to drive the ball high over the bar from very close range.
An Antony Kay header, on 52 minutes, from the half way line set up Danny Mayor and his trickery looked to have deceived the Wimbledon defence but his shot, when it came, from outside the area lacked the power and drifted well wide of the target.
Ben Williams produced a telling save on the hour when Dean Parrett, looking for a second goal for himself, drove a crisp shot at goal from distance but Williams was equal to the effort and tipped the ball over the bar for a Wombles corner.
Wimbledon increased their lead to four on 71 minutes when another misplaced back pass was snatched up by Dominic Poleon who proceeded to waltz the ball around Williams and calmly walked the ball home with ease.
GOAL: AFC Wimbledon 4 Bury 0 (Poleon 71)
The former Bury loanee could, and probably should, have sealed his hat trick moments later. A shot on goal, from Lyle Taylor, following a quickly taken free kick, was deflected to Poleon and his snap shot on target was met by a fine, diving, save from Williams to tip the ball away from danger.
AFC Wimbledon completed the rout with a fifth goal as Taylor, receiving the ball on the right just outside the area, managed to turn Antony Kay before driving a low shot that left Williams floundering to seal the victory and although Wimbledon would have further chances to increase the lead, there would be no further goals as the Shakers excited the Emirates FA Cup but must return to
the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday for their EFL Sky bet League One fixture.
GOAL and FULL TIME: AFC Wimbledon 5 Bury 0
AFC Wimbledon: Shea, Robinson, Francomb, Meades, Robertson, Barcham (Poleon 24), Bulman (Beere 75), Whelpdale, Reeves, Fuller (Owens 67), Taylor, Parrett
Subs not used: Egan, Barnett, Nightingale, McDonnell
Bury: Williams, Leigh (G Miller 37), Barnett (Maher 45), Danns, Kay, Tutte, Mayor, Soares, Mellis, Vaughan, Hope (Walker 75)
Subs not used: Burgess, Dudley, Rachubka, Bedeau
Gate: 2,316 (141 - Shakers)