Oldham Athletic claim all 3 points and the bragging rights after a Chris O’Grady hat-trick, assisted by a Sam Surridge strike saw the hosts to a 4-2 victory, despite 2 goals in response by Sheffield United loanee Caolan Lavery.
Eoghan O’Connell survived an injury scare to take his place in the starting eleven this weekend. O’Connell only managed 23 minutes into last weekend’s 2-0 victory, when Exeter were the visitors to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.
Oldham almost had the perfect start to the derby. Just 25 seconds in, a ball low into the middle from Nepomuceno deflected into the path of Murphy, who gathered the ball and looked to set the Shakers on the counter-attack.
Danny Mayor was exhibiting his dribbling ability in the opening 6 minutes, taking the ball across the face of goal. He looked to pull a ball back into the middle, but he was unable to get any space as he was closed out well by the Oldham defence.
Oldham started quickly with their attacking play and they got their reward after just 8 minutes as Sam Surridge was able to pick out Chris O’Grady in the middle, who was able to slot the ball beyond Murphy with his first-time volley.
The hosts were able to double their advantage just two minutes later. Nepomuceno was able to float a delivery deep into the box and Surridge’s header looped over Murphy and over the line for 2-0 in the opening 10 minutes.
The Shakers responded well, with Danny Mayor winning a free-kick 25 yards out. Jay O’Shea struck the ball sweetly but Oldham ‘keeper Iverson was on hand to stop the midfielder’s effort hitting the back of the net.
Jay O’Shea was brimming with confidence following his recent form. His team mates worked the ball to him on the edge of the area, but he was only able to drag his strike wide of the post, giving Iverson nothing to do but collect the ball for a goal-kick.
Oldham looked to deploy a set-piece straight from the training ground as Maouche struck an effort that looked destined for the top corner, Neil Danns’ block was vital at keeping the ball out of the net.
The hosts looked in perilous form, and so did Chris O’Grady. A simple ball in behind after 31 minutes released O’Grady who made no mistake in beating Murphy to grab his second of the afternoon, leaving the Shakers a mountain to climb to get back into the game.
The situation could have been much worse for the Shakers minutes from the break. It took some excellent defending from O’Connell to get the block in on the right-hand side of the box.
First half stoppage time almost saw Oldham score a fourth as a free-kick ran through to Edmundson who couldn’t direct the ball on target.
HALF-TIME: Oldham Athletic 3-0 Bury
The Shakers hit back instantly in the second period. Lavery set an attack away as Telford slipped the ball to Adams who fired a low cross into the area and half-time substitute Caolan Lavery scored within 60 seconds of his introduction, tapping the ball home from close range.
Ryan Lowe’s side looked a completely different outfit in the opening minutes of the second half. Telford was played in behind, and his touch took two defenders out of the game and set Moore up, but his curling effort was collected by Iverson.
It took Lavery just 10 minutes to have his name on the scoresheet not once, but twice. The number 32 had made it 3-2 after some brilliant Shakers play. The pressure was applied to the hosts who could not get Bury out of their area. The ball was finally turned in as Nicky Adams again picked Lavery out who headed beyond Oldham ‘keeper Iverson.
Despite the relentless start to the half from Bury, Chris O’Grady managed to complete his hat-trick in just over an hour. A cross from the left appeared to be collected by Joe Murphy. However, the ball ended up in the back of the net. The Bury players were disgusted with the decision, claiming that the ball had been knocked out of the two hands of Murphy. The officials disagreed, and the goal stood to put the hosts 4-2 to the good.
Dom Telford went close for Bury as he stood over the ball from a set-piece on the edge of the area after Thompson was bundled over. The effort was aimed to the top corner, but Telford didn’t get enough curl on the ball as the forward’s attempt hit the side netting.
A second chance for Telford to whip the ball in was taken well by the attacker. After his corner was worked back out to him, he was able to find Thompson at the back stick, but the defender couldn’t get a clear connection on the ball and Oldham eventually saw the danger out as the ball went behind for a goal-kick.
A string of blocks from the hosts kept O’Shea, Thompson and Telford out as the Shakers were desperately looking for a way back into the game, applying plenty of late pressure.
FULL-TIME Oldham Athletic 4-2 Bury
Oldham Athletic: Iverson (GK), Edmundson, Surridge, O’Grady, Missilou, Lang, Hunt, Clarke (C), Nepomuceno (90+5’ Lyden), Maouche, Hamer
Subs: McFarlane (GK), Coke, Graham, Branger-Engone, Norman, Swaby-Neavin
Bury: Murphy (GK), Stokes (45’ Telford), Thompson, O’Connell, Adams (71’ Miller), Mayor, Moore, McFadzean, O’Shea, Danns (C), Maynard (45’ Lavery)
Unused Subs: Hudson (GK), Aimson, Dagnall, Styles
Attendance: 5,028 with 1,262 Shakers making the trip. Thanks for the tremendous support this afternoon!