Manchester United kicked off their Manchester Senior Cup campaign in spectacular style tonight as they needed penalties to fend off a superb performance by local rivals Bury in a game which was certainly a tale of two halves.
The first half got off to a relatively dull start despite both teams attacking with venom with no end product before Bury took the lead just before 30 minutes.
A loose pass from Sutherland landed at the feet of Greg McDermott who threaded the ball through to Rooney who, despite being pressured by Keane and Thorpe, powered a superb 18 yard strike into the back of the net.
The second half got off to a much brighter start than the first with United equalising within six minutes of the restart.
Captain Tom Thorpe picked the ball up on the edge of United’s box and drove to the centre circle where he fed Will Keane who then gave it Varela and, after a superb through ball, James Wilson poked home his first goal for United’s second string.
But Bury didn’t take long to regain the lead after a superb left-footed John Rooney strike flew past the hands of Sutherland into the back of the net. It was almost like his first name was Wayne.
Dramatically, juat a minute later United were back in the game once again. Good work down the left by Reece James and Blackett led to Keane receiving the ball in the middle of the box and after a superb turn, he unleashed a fierce right footed shot into the bottom left corner which Jensen couldn’t get anywhere near.
Then in the 77th minute, United went ahead for the first time in the game. Tyler Blackett’s persistence down the left was rewarded after he stole the ball from Bury and fed Keane once again to score his third goal in 136 minutes of football since his return from a season ending knee injury.
The game was now turning into a cracker and against the run of play, Bury equalised.
Old Trafford lad Anthony Dudley received the ball 20 yards out and powered past Thorpe into the box to poke home past Sutherland.
The game then petered out as the game headed for penalties.
After United scored their first penalty through Will Keane, Bury’s Sean Harrad then fired the ball high over the bar to give United the advantage.
The usually reliable Larnell Cole then had his penalty saved by Jensen but Euan Holden, the brother of Bolton’s Stuart, hit the post for The Shakers to leave United 1-0 up after two penalties each.
Andereas Pereira and Reece James then scored for United along with Tope Obedayi and Anthony Dudley matching them for Bury
It was then left up to Thorpe to win the game for United and he calmly slotted the deciding penalty away.
Bury matched United for 90 minutes and at times dominated so they were unlucky to come away with nothing but somebody had to win. Both teams claimed a point for the full time draw but United claim the two extra points.
United now travel to Bolton on Monday evening hoping to maintain their good start to their Manchester Senior Cup campaign.