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Report: Oldham Athletic 2 Bury 1

Shakers defeated following injury time goal at Sportsdirect.com Park

24 October 2017

The Shakers showed real character in fighting back from a losing position, but it was not enough as they were beaten 2-1 on a wet evening against local side Oldham Athletic.

Eoin Doyle found the only goal of the first half in Richie Wellen’s first home game in permanent charge of Oldham with a neat finish from close range.

The visitors hit back with Tom Aldred’s first goal for the club after the break, but substitute Amadi-Holloway slotted home the goal to seal all three points for Oldham.

Chris Humphrey returned to the Shakers starting line-up after recovering from an injury that forced him out of action since Bradford City at home almost two weeks ago, while Jay O’Shea, Rohan Ince and Leo Fasan also began the game after starting as substitutes against Southend United on Saturday.

With just four minutes on the clock, Greg Leigh attempted an audacious effort at goal after a misguided lob downfield from the Oldham goalkeeper Johny Placide, but Leigh’s wayward effort flew wide of the post without causing too much trouble to Placide’s goal.

Doyle’s header from a set-piece in the 16th minute looked destined for the back of the net until Leo Fasan was on hand to pull off a world class save and turn the header around the post.

On 24 minutes, the hosts broke the deadlock with a nice piece of play on the edge of the penalty area. Craig Davies played an intricate pass to Dan Gardner, the latter wasted no time in playing through Doyle, who finished without any hesitation to take the lead.

Three minutes later and Davies was presented with a good opportunity from 20 yards out, but his low driven effort was well saved down to Fasan’s left-hand side.

It was a quiet first half in front of goal for the Shakers, however, Humphrey’s last-minute header which was saved down low was enough to give the visiting supporters some encouragement.

The Shakers continued their attacking threat into the second half as they made a perfect start thanks to Aldred’s perfect positioning inside the opponent’s penalty area. O’Shea troubled the home side’s defence, and as a result, hleft-footedted cross down the left flank picked out Aldred, who’s looping header bounced off the post and into the back of the net to level the scores.

Aldred’s goal gave Lee Clark’s men the confidence to go in search for that all-important goal to take them into the lead. Rohan Ince went for glory on the 55th minute from 25 yards out, and it was not far from finding the target as it nestled onto the top of Placide’s goal.

Substitute Mihai Dobre was unafraid to turn the match on its head as his thunderous strike from distance tested the goalkeeper, saving impressively to catch the ball.

Jack Byrne was at the other end moments later as his shot from 20 yards out crept narrowly over Fasan’s crossbar.

On 82 minutes, Davies’ shot landed inches wide of the Bury goal as he cut in from the left wing, his right footed shot beat Fasan but was unable to find the target.

Jermaine Beckford had a fantastic opportunity in front of goal in additional time. He started with his back to goal before finding space and time to turn and find the target, but he was matched by the Haiti goalkeeper.

The hosts found the winning goal on the 94th minute immediately after Placide’s save, he quickly played a direct ball forward to substitute Aaron Amadi-Holloway and the striker delivered the winning goal as he slotted the ball into the corner of the goal.

The Shakers return to Gigg Lane this Saturday after three games on the road, they welcome Doncaster Rovers to the Energy Check Stadium.

Attendance: 5,183 (752 visiting supporters)

Oldham Athletic: Placide, Dummigan, Clarke, Bryan, Hunt, Fane, Byrne (Green 87), Gardner, Menig (Omrani 60), Doyle, Davies (Amadi-Holloway 87)

Unused subs: Ruddy, Wilson, Gerrard, Flynn

Bury: Fasan, Aldred, Edwards, O’Connell, Humphrey (Dobre 55), Leigh, Reilly, Ince (Laurent 79), O’Shea, Smith (Tutte 89), Beckford

Unused subs: Maguire, Bunn, Maloney, Shotton


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