Cambridge United put to the sword in local derby as Darren Ferguson’s men run out 5-0 victors in PE2.
Peterborough United recorded their biggest ever victory over local rivals Cambridge United as Darren Ferguson’s men turned on the style with a 5-0 home success at the Weston Homes Stadium thanks to a brace of goals each from Kwame Poku and Ephron Mason-Clark, coupled with a late deflected Joel Randall effort.
Hector Kyprianou saw two shots blocked on 12 minutes after a rather uneventful opening 10 minutes to the derby, which was being played in glorious sunshine at the Weston Homes Stadium. Goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic did well to hold a looping header from Michael Morrison on 29 minutes after a right-wing corner kick.
The deadlock was broken on 33 minutes, a delightful deep cross from Kwame Poku was powered into the back of the net at the back post with his head by Ephron MASON-CLARK. It was 2-0 not long after and it was MASON-CLARK again, sliding in at the back post to convert a low Jones’ cross.
On 39 minutes, Posh made it 3-0 as Kwame POKU cut inside onto that left-foot and his effort took a huge deflection and looped over Stevens and into the back of the net. Poku had a chance to make it 4-0 moments later, but he dragged his shot inches past the near post from just outside of the penalty area.
On 53 minutes, Posh made it 4-0 and it started with bravery from Collins to win a bouncing ball, he then picked the right pass to Randall, who unselfishly picked out POKU who had the simple task of tapping into an empty net for his second of the game.
Fejiri Okenabirhie saw an effort kept out by Bilokapic at the near post after a rare foray forward from Mark Bonner’s men. Burrows sliced across the goal from a presentable shooting position just after the hour, his effort going wide of the upright.
Mason-Clark saw a curler parried by Stevens before Cambridge made a double change as John-Kyani Gordon and Gassan Ahadme came into the fray. Darren Ferguson had to make a change on 68 minutes with Kioso limping out of the action with Jadel Katongo his replacement.
Bilokapic parried a shot from substitute Gordon on 77 minutes as Cambridge had a rare effort on target. Posh introduced David Ajiboye and Jacob Wakeling in the last 10 minutes and the latter nearly got on the end of a Randall cross.
Moments later it was 5-0 as a short corner was worked to Joel RANDALL, he took a touch and his cross was diverted past his own goalkeeper at the near post by Bennett. Mason-Clark was a whisker away from completing a lovely hat-trick, but his powerful drive cleared the bar.
Posh: Bilokapic, Burrows, Edwards, Knight, Mason-Clark, Poku (sub Ajiboye 82min) , Randall, Jones (sub Wakeling 82min), Kyprianou, Collins, Kioso (sub Katongo 68min). Unused subs: Talley, Crichlow, De Havilland, Clarke-Harris.
Cambridge: Stevens, Bennett (sub Okedina 85min), Andrew, Digby, Morrison, R. Bennett, Brophy (sub Kachunga 77min), Thomas (sub Ahadme 64min), Okenabirhie, Janneh (sub Gordon 63min), May. Unused subs: Mannion, Haunstrup.
Half-time: Peterborough United 3-0 Cambridge United
Full-time: Peterborough United 5-0 Cambridge United
Attendance: 11,645 (1,612 Cambridge fans)
Referee: Scott Oldham