National League club Dover Athletic’s adventure in the Emirates FA Cup is over after suffering a heavy 5-0 defeat to Bury at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.

Jay O’Shea, Danny Major, Byron Moore and Dominic Telford got the goals for The Shakers as they breezed beyond their non-league opponents.

The visitors started brightly and Bury had to scramble the ball away on a couple of occasions to prevent themselves from falling behind, although in truth, the home side really should have took the lead four minutes in when Tom Miller headed straight at Athletic keeper Mitch Walker.

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The Shakers did take the lead in the 12th minute when Callum McFadzean’s cross was pushed into the path of O’Shea by visiting keeper Walker and the midfielder fired the loose ball into the corner of the net.

Inih Effiong then had a great chance to level matters for Dover Athletic but he was denied by Bury keeper Joe Murphy when left one-on-one before Mayor broke away and curled in a second from the edge of the box.

Moore struck a shot just wide of the far post as Bury searched for a third goal before the same player did make it 3-0 moments later when he drilled a shot through the legs of The Whites keeper Walker.

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Neil Danns was unlucky not to make it 4-0 on the stroke of half-time when his vicious effort from range was diverted wide by the legs of Walker.

Bury had a good chance to get their fourth goal just before the hour mark when Moussa Diarra headed a free-kick into the path of Danns but the midfielder sliced his effort high and wide.

Moore made it four for The Shakers in the 64th minute when he acrobatically directed Danns’ delivery into the net from just a couple of yards out before substitute Callum Styles was twice denied by Walker.

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Bury netted a fifth and final goal in the last minute when substitute Telford pulled away from the Dover Athletic centre-backs before striking a low shot beyond Walker.

The victory sees The Shakers reach the second round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in three seasons.


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