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01 October 2019 Venue Weston Homes Stadium Attendance

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Posh v Arsenal U21s | Match Preview

Posh host Arsenal under 21s in the Trophy on Tuesday evening.

1 October 2019

Posh are set to field a young side for the meeting with the Gunners.

Peterborough United entertain Arsenal under 21s in the second group stage game of the Trophy at the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday evening (7.30pm) and manager Darren Ferguson has confirmed that his starting line-up will feature a number of youngsters looking to impress.

The Posh boss confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Kyle Barker, Idris Kanu, Harrison Burrows and Serhat Tasdemir will all start the game against the young guns from Arsenal. Having won the opening group game at Northampton Town 2-0, Posh know that a win could all but seal their progression in the competition.

Arsenal were beaten on spot-kicks at the PTS Academy Stadium against Northampton so will be looking to go one better at the Weston Homes Stadium, although they are without a number of players due to injury.


Darren Ferguson confirmed that Christy Pym will start between the sticks while Joe Ward, who was not in the squad at the weekend, will start. Alex Woodyard and Rhys Bennett are expected to provide the experience in the line-up. Nathan Thompson is unavailable due to injury but could return to the fold against Lincoln City.

Arsenal are set to be without Emile Smith-Rowe due to injury sustained in the Carabao Cup victory over Nottingham Forest. The Gunners are managed by former Arsenal central defender Steve Bould.


“I am looking forward to the game. It will be an opportunity for players to show me that they are ready for league action. Trust me, we will need the full squad this season. Christy Pym wanted to play so he will start. Kyle Barker and Harrison Burrows will both start, while Siriki Dembele and Idris Kanu were both superb at Northampton in the first group game.”


Season ticket holders will be able to watch the game free of charge. Access to the game will be automatically added to season ticket cards so there is no need to book, just turn up like a normal league fixture. Admission for non-season ticket holders is as follows;

Adults: £5
Seniors 65+: £5
Under 18s: £1

Caroline Hand Executive Suite
Adults: £10

Seniors 65+: £10
Under 18s: £5

The Motorpoint Stand will be closed. Tickets are on sale now at, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and in person at the Weston Homes Stadium Ticket Office.


The match referee is Christopher Sarginson.

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Match Reports

Ward Strike Seals Victory In Trophy

Joe Ward’s deflected effort secured a 1-0 win over Arsenal under 21s.

1 October 2019

Joe Ward celebrates his match-winning goal against Arsenal Under 21s Joe Dent /
Joe Ward celebrates his match-winning goal against Arsenal Under 21s

Posh sealed progression into the knockout phase of the Trophy with a narrow 1-0 win over Arsenal under 21s.

Peterborough United sealed their progress in the Trophy after a 1-0 victory over Arsenal’s under 21 side at the Weston Homes Stadium with over 3,000 supporters watching a much improved second half display which included the winning goal struck from the boot of Joe Ward.

Goalkeeper Christy Pym produced a fine stop to keep out Zak Swanson inside the opening 10 minutes as the visitors were the first to register a shot on goal. At the other end, Matt Macey produced a good stop on 25 minutes to keep out a ferocious effort from Siriki Dembele, who had initially done well to skip past two defenders in a tight area.

Macey had a more routine stop on 31 minutes as he kept out a low Serhat Tasdemir effort after a strong run from the 19-year-old from the central area of the pitch. Nathan Torney fired wide moments later as he was afforded a little too much room on the edge of the penalty area.

Macey was called upon again on 42 minutes to keep out a low effort from Joe Ward after a patient Posh build-up which featured some excellent strength from defender Butler. Greenward curled a free-kick over the top on the stroke of half-time.

Ward was cautioned for a foul in first half stoppage time by referee Christopher Sarginson. Macey produced a fine save on 57 minutes to keep out a low Kanu effort after good work from Tasdemir who was an increasing presence in proceedings playing just behind the front two.

Burrows blazed high and wide on the hour mark as Posh again created a bit of space just on the edge of the box following a good spell of pressure off the ball. Posh broke the deadlock on 66 minutes as an effort from range by Joe WARD took a deflection via the body of Medley and ended up in the back of the net with goalkeeper Macey wrong-footed.

Posh made their first change, moments after the visitors made a triple substitution, Ricky-Jade Jones on for Tasedmir on 78 minutes. Butler was denied by Macey in stoppage time after a marauding run which ended with a fierce right-footed effort from long-range.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Woodyard, Dembele, Bennett, Tasdemir, (sub R. Jones 78min) Ward, Kanu, Cartwright, Barker, Burrows. Unused subs: O’Malley, Clarke, A. Jones, Mensah, Harris, Gregory.

Arsenal under 21s: Macey, Mavropanos, Bola, Burton, Clarke, Medley, Smith (sub McEneff 78min), Swanson, Torney, Cottrell (sub Azeez 78min), Greenward (sub Butler-Oyedeji 78min) . Unused subs: Olowu, Hillson, Ogungbo, Oyegoke.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-0 Arsenal under 21s
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Arsenal under 21s
Attendance: 3,131 (229 Arsenal fans)

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