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The Shakers make it through to last 16!

22 January 2018

Even though the Shakers were going into their FA Youth Cup Fourth Round fixture as underdogs, they had a lot to be positive about, after making it through to this stage of the competition for the first time since 1966, after a hard fought win against Cheltenham Town and two comprehensive victories against local rivals Oldham and Wigan along the way.

Bury knew that Aston Villa wouldn’t be pushovers, as they are an established Category One side who currently sit 9th in a League that also includes Academy sides from Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur, but the Shakers know that on their day they have the potential to beat anyone - and they certainly didn't disappoint! They kept their cool with a well-balanced performance to earn themselves a Fifth Round tie at home to Birmingham City.

The first chance of the game fell to Bury. Joe Adams did well to cut inside and curled a good effort from inside the box, but it was narrowly wide of the post.

Villa's first real chance didn't fall until the 23rd minute when forward Dimitri Sea set his sights on what would have been a cracking opener, but his 20-yard strike had too much power behind it sending it sailing over Scott Moloney's goal.

The visitors had the perfect opportunity to go a goal to the good on the half-hour mark when Jacob Ramsey found himself in a similar position to Sea's earlier chance. He tried his luck but sliced his half-volley wide of the target.

Minutes later Bury should have been 1-0 up, after a fantastic switch of play found Joe Adams, who managed to weave his way into a great position inside the box to get his shot away, however, Kieran Boucher reacted well and made himself equal to it forcing it out for a Bury corner.

Once again the Shakers were unlucky not to have taken the lead in the 39th minute. Callum Hulme played a great ball to Joe Adams, who struck the ball well forcing Boucher to parry the effort, seeing it fall to a Villa defender who put it out for a corner.

It was an uneventful first-half in which both sides cancelled each other out, limiting the opportunities to go on the break and create any chances.

 

HT: Bury 0 – Aston Villa 0

 

It was all go at the start of the second-half, as Scott Moloney was called into action for the first time in the game and he certainly didn't disappoint, with Aston Villa forcing the young 'keeper to conduct a truly remarkable triple save to keep the game all square.

4 minutes later it was the Shakers turn to try and test the 'keeper, when Rob Harker found himself one-on-one with just Boucher to beat at the near post, after a fantastic ball in behind from Hulme, but his well-attempted effort was denied by the post.

In the 55th minute, the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane erupted as the Shakers grabbed a deserved goal to take the lead, with Callum Hulme getting on the end of a superb delivery poking the ball past Kieran Boucher in the Villa goal.

Bury, not content with one goal, continued to press going in search of a second. A fantastic piece of play from Wealth DaSilva saw him drive forward on the right wing, eventually releasing a dangerous ball into the box, but unfortunately, it evaded everyone.

Some tricky play by Wealth DaSilva on the right saw him get a shot away but Boucher was equal to his effort at the front post.

Joe Adams fancied his chances after a brilliant run from the halfway line, he pulled the trigger from 20-yards out, but his shot took a deflection and landed safely into the hands of Boucher.

It was a nervous end to the game when Villa were awarded a corner and the ball was sent flying into the crowded box causing chaos, but much to the relief of the players, management team and fans alike, it was cleared to safety by the Bury defence.

It was a livelier second-half for both sides, but it was Bury who kept control with an overall dominant attacking and defensive performance to see them come away with a triumphant 1-0 victory against a strong and favoured Aston Villa side, and a place through to the final 16 to play Birmingham City. 

FT: Bury 1 - Aston Villa 0


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