Peterborough United beat Portuguese side S.C Freamunde 4-2 in a pre-season friendly.
Peterborough United overcame a physical challenge from Portuguese third division side S.C Freamunde to win 4-2 in what turned out to be a very competitive pre-season friendly out in Portugal.
Posh started the match brightly, with summer signing Jon Taylor and Kgosi Ntlhe a constant threat down the left hand side. The early pressure paid off and it was Taylor who opened the scoring with a neat finish at the back post after being set-up by Tyrone Barnett.
Taylor almost made it two with a long range drive that was excellently tipped over the bar by the Portuguese keeper.
Posh were fielding trialist goalkeeper Aidan Grant and he made his first save of the match shortly after with a comfortable stop from distance.
It was 2-0 to Posh on 16 minutes as Kyle Vassell was played through on goal and neatly rounded the goalkeeper before slotting the ball into the back of the net.
Vassell then grabbed his second goal of the game before half-time with an inch-perfect shot from 25 yards out that gave the keeper no chance.
The game started to turn physical as Freamunde tried to force their way back in to the game. Britt Assombalonga was brought down early in the second half that angered manager Darren Ferguson on the touchline.
They did find a way back into the game following a rare mistake from Gabriel Zakuani let in Ansumave, who confidently slotted the ball past Grant to make it 3-1.
Posh had strong appeals for a penalty turned down when Joe Newell was upended in the box after a forceful burst forward, but the referee waved play on. Posh did earn a penalty shortly after when Conor Washington darted into the area only to be tripped by a trailing leg. Assombalonga fired the ball home from 12 yards to restore the three goal lead.
The home side resorted to long range shots at goal, but were given a lifeline when Jack Baldwin brought down a Freamunde player inside the area and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the spot kick. Pedrinho stepped up to take it and sent Grant the wrong way to make it 4-2.
The match ended on a sour note when Joe Newell brought down a Freamunde player, which created reaction from both sets of players. The Portuguese player was stretchered off and taken to a nearby hospital as the final whistle was hastily blown.
Full-Time: S.C Freamunde 2-4 Posh
Posh 1st Half: Grant, Drury, Brisley, Santos, Ntlhe, Ajose, Payne, McCann, Taylor, Barnett, Vassell.
Posh 2nd Half: Grant, Bostwick, Baldwin, Zakuani, Richens, Ferdinand, Anderson, Newell, Conlon, Assombalonga, Washington.