Ryan Lowe named a mostly young side for the Shakers’ debut game in the Premier League Cup, with six Under 17’s playing alongside experienced players such as Joe Skarz, Neil Danns and trialist Anton Rodgers. Leo Fasan also played his first game as a Shaker in goal.
The game quickly turned into a nervous looking affair with Bristol Rovers fielding a mostly development squad for the game. Skipper Callum Hulme looked to draw first blood within a minute of the game starting with a fierce drive at goal that flew over the crossbar.
Both sides looked at putting their stamp on the game with neither looking for force a breakthrough, whilst the visitors were having large patches of possession, they seemed unable to break through the Shakers’ midfield, and defence.
It was Bristol Rovers though who took the lead, a corner floated into the Shakers’ box saw a packed area fighting to control the ball. With neither side seemingly unable to get a final touch, it dropped to Kenan Dunnwald who managed to connect with the ball to ram it into the back of Leo Fasan’s goal.
With Bristol Rovers holding the advantage at the break, it was the Shakers who looked the livelier of the two sides as the second period started. An early corner for Bury led them to the equalising goal. With the Rovers’ defence looking to control the delivery, the ball fell to Ryan Cooney who put his laces through the ball to score into the bottom corner.
Leo Fasan was called into action on more than one occasion throughout the remaining time in the second half, denying Baghdadi, Dunnwald and Ebbutt with great close-range saves. On the one occasion that Bristol Rovers did beat the Shakers’ keeper, fell superbly for Dougie Nyaupembe on the goal line to acrobatically smash a shot clear.
The game went into extra time with neither side looking to force the issue with the ball mostly being controlled in the middle of the park, it came as no surprise to see the game slip into penalties to decide the winner.
The new ABBA penalty scheme came into play for the first time at the Energy Check Stadium and added to the drama of the event, with the Shakers progressing into the Premier League Cup group stage thanks to a 12-11 win on penalties. Details of the penalties are shown below: -
Penalty 1: Bristol Rovers - Dunnwald – Scored (0-1)
Penalty 2: Bury – Adams – Scored (1-1)
Penalty 3: Bury – Cooney – Scored (2-1)
Penalty 4: Bristol Rovers – Ellington – Saved (2-1)
Penalty 5: Bristol Rovers – Ten-Grotenhuis – Scored (2-2)
Penalty 6: Bury – Alli – Scored (3-2)
Penalty 7: Bury – Hill – Scored (4-2)
Penalty 8: Bristol Rovers – Kelly – Scored (4-3)
Penalty 9: Bristol Rovers – Jones – Scored (4-4)
Penalty 10: Bury – Skarz – Missed (4-4)
Penalty 11: Bury – Hulme – Scored (5-4)
Penalty 12: Bristol Rovers – Hargreaves – Scored (5-5)
Penalty 13: Bristol Rovers – Ebbutt – Scored (5-6)
Penalty 14: Bury – Danns – Scored (6-6)
Penalty 15: Bury – Styles – Scored (7-6)
Penalty 16: Bristol Rovers – Luford-Ison – Scored (7-7)
Penalty 17: Bristol Rovers – Russe – Scored (7-8)
Penalty 18: Bury – Shotton – Scored (8-8)
Penalty 19: Bury – Nyaupembe – Scored (9-8)
Penalty 20: Bristol Rovers – Menayese – Scored (9-9)
Penalty 21: Bristol Rovers – Jonkerman (Keeper) – Scored (9-10)
Penalty 22: Bury – Fasan (Keeper) – Scored (10-10)
Penalty 23: Bury – Adams – Scored (11-10)
Penalty 24: Bristol Rovers – Dunnwald – Scored (11-11)
Penalty 25: Bristol Rovers – Ellington - Saved (11-11)
Penalty 26: Bury – Cooney – Scored (12-11 and winning penalty)
Bury finished the game euphoric and with nine under 17’s finishing the game for the Shakers. Now the Group Stage with bigger clubs such as Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City and Bournemouth or Wigan.
Teams play each other home and away in the group stage with each side playing six games. Full details will be announced once confirmed.