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Penfold On Target In Youth Win

21 April 2015

The Posh under 18s end league campaign with a 2-0 win at Watford.

The Peterborough United under 18s ended their domestic campaign in fine style with a 2-0 victory at high-flying Watford to end the season in joint-third place in the Merit Table on 19 points.

Kieran Scarff’s men dominated for long periods against the Hornets and were rewarded with two goals in the second half from under 16 striker Morgan Penfold and centre back Bradley Maslen-Jones.

Penfold netted with an instinctive near post strike while Maslen-Jones was well positioned to nod home from close-range after a well-worked set-piece to the back post involving centre back partner Liam Marshall.

Scarff was pleased with his side and praised their consistency in recent weeks. ‘We had a very young group. There were four under 16s involved in the game at various points and the lads deserve credit for the way they performed. We were very good in long spells of the game.

‘I was pleased with way they took information on board. Morgan is a casing example of that. We spoke to him at half-time about getting across the front man at the near post because there were a couple of occasions in the first half that we felt he could have scored and he did it to perfection at the start of the second period.

‘The second goal came from a set-piece. We don’t do a lot on set-pieces, but they know their jobs and it was nice to see it come off. The league has now concluded and finished joint third on goal difference. The pleasing thing has been the level of consistency in the group. We had two under 18s with the first group, an under 16 goalkeeper in that group in Dion Henry and we had four under 16s in the youth team and six or seven under 15s in the under 16s.

‘That is brilliant for the development of the players. The under 16s won 3-1 as well, so the progression of the players is important. The results were good, but when you reflect on where those players within the Academy were in terms of the age group they were representing, it was a pleasing day.’

Posh: Ravas, Robinson, Maslen-Jones, Luto, Marshall, Hood, Lee, Keating, Adebayo-Rowling, Penfold, Humphrey.



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