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Report: Blackburn Rovers 0 Bury 1

3 October 2017

Eoghan O'Connell, making his debut for the Shakers, got his first competitive touch in a Bury shirt on two minutes when he collected a quick ball from Joe Skarz and released it on the opposite side to skipper for the night, Phil Edwards.  Within two minutes he was showing no reaction to the knee injury with a great challenge on Danny Graham to win the ball back for Bury after a loose pass from Michael Smith has lost possession further up the field.
 
O'Connell was called into action again on nine minutes when Gladwin suddenly burst into the Shakers box, the former Celtic defender got enough on the ball to push the ball out for a first corner of the game.
 
Greg Leigh was beginning to have a lot of effect on the game and he was certainly causing problems with his raids down the flank, a tenth-minute touch saw him put the ball through the defender's legs, only for him to be then dragged down by the trailing leg.  Moments later and following another raid down the wing, he delivered a stunning ball into the box with pace and power, then seemed to fly an inch higher than the jump of striker Michael Smith.
 
Harry Dunn and Michael Smith are two players that obviously need a goal with both players striving and working hard, but not getting their rewards.  A chance of14 minutes saw Ince intercept the ball deep in the Bury half.  His ball forward found Bunn on the wing.  He confidently beat his man before playing the ball to Smith, whose first-time shot cannoned off the nearest defender and rebounded clear of the box.
 
Bury won their first corner on 15 minutes when Ince delivered a stunning diagonal ball across the pitch.  The first touch from Leigh was sublime as he burst into the Rovers box before a defender came across to blast it out for a corner.
 
Bury could have taken the lead on 20 minutes when an excellent arrowed cross from Maguire I the corner fell superbly for Greg Leigh.  He rose above a defender to head the ball but failed to find the target from close range.
 
Blackburn Rovers burst forward on 23 minutes when  Danny Graham stormed through the middle.  He looked to be through on goal after bursting past Eoghan O'Connell, the last man, but a late lunge from O'Connell was enough to poke the ball away for a corner.
 
Eight O'Connell showed more than his defensive skills on the half hour when he collected the ball at the back.  His charged forward and took the ball through the Rovers midfield and looked to be heading into the box.  He attempted the 1-2 with Bunn but the return ball from the Shakers striker was cleared by the home defence.
 
Both sides could have scored on 42 minutes. First a great shot from Chris Maguire from the edge of the box cannoned off a defender.  Blackburn broke quickly with Graham and his ball into the feet of Conway saw the obvious shot fly at goal.  Leo Fasan again did superbly and tipped the effort over the bar.
 
Bury started the second half the brighter of the two sides and it wasn't long before Smith took the ball wide and forward.  His powered cross into the box was hammered clear by the home defence, just as Chris Maguire has his foot raised for the shot on the six-yard line.
 
Bury continued to probe the Rovers defence on numerous occasions with Smith, Bunn and Maguire causing numerous problems for the hosts but perhaps the best chance came to Maguire on 69 minutes when he collected the ball into the middle of the park, he burst forward with the ball and attempted to chip Fisher from distance.  The ball though flopped onto the roof of the net.
 
Leo Fasan showed his prowess in front of his own goal on 72 minutes when Travis unleashed a stunning shot on goal from an acute angle, Fasan somehow managed to twist and dive backwards whilst tipping the effort around the post.
 
The only goal of the game came on 78 minutes. Jordan Williams whipped in a great cross from that corner that Harry Bunn connected superbly with a bullet header from close range. The Rovers keeper managed to stop the initial effort but was powerless in preventing Bunn from hammering the ball home from three yards for his first goal for the club.
 
With the game moving into an added four minutes, Greg Leigh should have sealed the win when he got on the end of a Chris Humphrey cross.  He hit the ball full on the volley, putting his laces through the ball with power and accuracy from four yards out - but straight at the keeper, who managed to beat the ball away from goal.
 
The game finished with a Shakers win, Harry Bunn's first goal and another debut for Bury with Eoghan making a very successful return to action following his pre-season knee injury.
 
Blackburn Rovers: Fisher, Hart, Travis, Nyambe, Platt, Chapman (Nuttall 57), Whittingham, Harper, Conway, Gladwin, Graham    
 
Subs not used: Thomson, Martin     
 
Bury: Fasan, Edwards, O'Connell (Shotton 70), Skarz, Williams (Humphrey 79), Leigh, Maguire, Ince, Reilly (Tutte 81), Bunn, Smith
         
Subs not used: Beckford, Ajose, Maloney, Dai
 
Attendance:  2,025

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