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REPORT | Peterborough U18s 2 Rovers U18s 1

19 March 2021

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Peterborough United's U18 side come from behind to beat Rovers' U18s in the FA Youth Cup third round.

This was always going to be a difficult tie for our U18 side with Posh having already won their league title and are in the semi-finals of the Youth League Cup.

The youth team started bright and lively with neat passive plays forward and when called into action defensively were tough to beat with Bobby Faulkner notably making some important clearances.

Throughout the first-half Rovers saw more possession of the ball however, they struggled to make that count in the final third.

The first shot that came Rovers’ way was through Alek Wolny. His effort was blocked by the Peterborough defence which won a corner that Rovers were not able to capitalise from.

Rovers would eventually take the lead after Tom Henson was fouled by Peterborough during a corner routine which won the youth team a penalty. Liam Ravenhill took the spot-kick and buried it past William Lakin in the host’s goal.

That penalty ensured the U18s went in at half-time with a slender lead.

In the second-half, Rovers continued to put in a good shift and on one occasion found themselves through on an open goal but two Posh defenders managed to scramble the ball away before Corie Cole could bury into the open net.

Just after the hour mark, the hosts had their best chance of the game up to that point when Ricky-Jade Jones had beaten Ben Bottomley, but captain Cunningham was to the rescue to sweep the danger away.

Down the other end of the pitch, a brilliant ball was played into the path of Will Hollings by Wolny, but the wingers resulting cross into the box was not met by anyone in and red and white.

From that point onwards, the game turned on its head.

The hosts equalised on the 70th minute after Charlie O’Connell produced an unstoppable penalty from the spot.

Then, with little time left in the game, it was heartbreak for Rovers when Peterborough turned up the heat and took the lead. Their substitute Hickinson forced a save out of Bottomley but the Rovers keeper spilled it straight into the path of Gyimah-Bio who tapped it past the 18-year-old. This secured Posh a place in the fourth round against Sheffield United.


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