Bury bowed out of the FA Youth Cup at the fifth-round stage after a 3-1 defeat to Birmingham City at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.
It was the Blues who started the better of the two sides, dominating possession and they created the first opening on six minutes when Tom Anderson played in Leo Brown, but his tame effort was easily plucked out of the air by Shakers’ stopper Scott Moloney.
Bury responded well however and within a minute could have been ahead when Wealth DaSilva bombed down the right wing before his cross picked out the head of Rob Harker, but he could only flick his effort wide of the target.
Birmingham, who have produced some very successful players through their youth system such as Nathan Redmond and Jack Butland, created their best opening of the match on 19 minutes as Jordan Clarke weaved his way around the home sides defence before slicing his effort wide of the goal.
The Shakers were inches away from taking the lead on 23 minutes as Callum Styles tried his luck from 25 yards out however his low effort rattled the post and bounced out allowing Ryan Stirk to clear for the Blues.
This then allowed the visitors to go on the counter attack as Odin Bailey received the ball 25 yards out from goal before he fired his low powerful strike into the bottom corner of the net past the despairing dive of Moloney.
It could have been two for the side from St Andrews on 28 minutes as Brown found himself in acres of space in the box, but his low strike was well blocked by a fantastic last-ditch challenge from Jack Hatton.
In an end-to-end game, Bury were nearly back on level terms when Styles saw his whipped-in corner spilled by Birmingham ‘keeper Adam Siviter that resulted in the ball falling to the feet of Saul Shotton but his effort was then blocked on the line by Geraldo Bajrami.
Birmingham then went two ahead as Brown met a Clarke cross perfectly to drill his effort into the net leaving Moloney only a spectator with the sheer power on the effort.
Inside a minute of the restart the Blues could have had a third as Bury lost possession on the halfway line that resulted in Bajrami playing in the impressive Brown, but his low effort was tipped around the post by Moloney.
From the resulting corner, the Shakers had to thank Moloney once again, as he made yet another fantastic save as Clarke lashed a powerful effort goalward from point blank range, only to see his effort beaten away by the keeper on 39 minutes.
Bury started the second half well and were inches away from pulling a goal back on 55 minutes as DaSilva latched onto Ryan Cooney’s free kick but his header sailed wide of the target.
However, the Shakers did pull a goal back several minutes later. Styles drove from deep before hitting a sweet strike from range before the ball sailed into the net past the sprawling Siviter.
Ryan Kidd’s side were then nearly back on level terms as Joe Adams skipped his way into the box, but his low effort was directed straight into the gloves of Siviter in the Blues’ goal.
As Bury pressed and pressed for an equaliser they nearly claimed one on 63 minutes when Adams’ cross found Harker, however his effort was slid off the line by Kieran Dawes.
Birmingham were then so close to sealing the victory with ten minutes of the tie remaining as Dawes met a corner perfectly, but his volley whistled inches wide of the left-hand post from just outside the box.
However, Steve Spooner’s side did have their third on 82 minutes when Brown beat the Bury defenders that resulted in his effort from an acute angle hit the post - the ball rebounded out to the feet of substitute Ben McLean and he made no mistake in thumping his effort into the net.
Moloney, who had an excellent game for the Shakers, made yet another good save on 86 minutes as Clarke beat Bury’s offside trap before his powerful low drive was well saved by the foot of the ‘keeper.
Brown was causing all sorts of problems for the Shakers’ defence and he created yet another good opportunity for a fourth goal as on 88 minutes he was picked out by Clarke before he saw his low shot hit the side netting.
Bury could have had a late consolation goal as Adams crossed for Harker but he flicked his header just over the crossbar when he should have hit the target as the Shakers’ cup adventure ended.
Maloney, Nyaupembe, Hatton, Styles, Shotton, Cooney, Adams, Hill, Harker, Hulme, DaSilva.
Siviter, Dawes, Burke, Stirk, Forrest, Bajrami, Anderson, Bailey, Clarke, Brown, Boyd-Munce.