March 9, 2013
Connolly double lifts Pompey off the bottom
A brace from veteran striker David Connolly made it two wins in a row for Portsmouth as Guy Whittingham's side beat relegation rivals Bury 2-0 at Fratton Park.
Connolly's second-half double took his tally to four goals in three games and moved the former Premier League side off the bottom of the League One table at the Shakers' expense.
After a dire first half the match exploded into life four minutes into the second half.
Youngster Jed Wallace cut infield from the left before feeding the unmarked Connolly, who with his left foot slid the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Trevor Carson.
Connolly's second followed 15 minutes later as captain Johnny Ertl's shot forced a good save from Carson and the Irishman showed good composure to take the ball onto his left foot before coolly slotting home.
Bury striker Craig Fagan should have given the visitors the lead early on when he found himself clean through with only goalkeeper Simon Eastwood to beat, but he somehow blazed the ball into the stand from six yards out.
|13 Simon Eastwood||1 Trevor Carson|
|33 Ricardo Rocha||19 Carl Regan|
|16 Gabor Gyepes||3 Joe Skarz|
|10 Yassin Moutaouakil||6 Ashley Eastham|
|18 Johannes Ertl||34 Ethan Ebanks-Landell|
|34 D Butler||8 Steven Schumacher|
|19 Therry Racon||9 Craig Jones|
|35 Jed Wallace||13 Mark Carrington|
|6 Liam Walker||7 David Worrall|
|9 David Connolly||32 Zac Thompson|
|23 Patrick Agyemang||31 Craig Fagan|
|1 Phil Smith||Cameron Belford 30|
|22 Adam Webster||Valery Mezague 36|
|3 Shaun Cooper||David Healy 25|
|31 Jack Maloney||Andy Bishop 10|
|21 Ashley Harrison||Jonson Clarke-Harris 26|
|Nicholas Ajose 15|
|Jack Maloney for David Connolly (90)||Andy Bishop for Craig Jones (66)|
|Jonson Clarke-Harris for Zac Thompson (80)|
|Nicholas Ajose for Craig Fagan (84)|
|Therry Racon (82)||Mark Carrington (45)|
|Steven Schumacher (79)|
|Craig Fagan (82)|
|· Squads: Portsmouth | Bury|