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Posh Silence Pompey Chimes

17 April 2015

A penalty four minutes from time earned the Posh under 18s a 1-0 win at Portsmouth.

The Peterborough United under 18s continued their excellent recent run of form with a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth with striker Jonny Edwards bagging the only goal of the game four minutes from time.

The in-form front man converted a penalty kick after he himself had been felled by the goalkeeper as Kieran Scarff's men recorded a fine away win.

Posh goalkeeper Henrich Ravas made two excellent saves in the opening 10 minutes to keep the scores level after a 'sloppy' start to proceedings, while at the other end, Leonardo Da Silva-Lopes and Edwards both went close to the breakthrough.

After a poor opening to the second half where Pompey struck the woodwork in a dominant opening 15 minutes, Posh responded well and outplayed their hosts for the remainder of the contest, getting their reward when Edwards converted the spot-kick.

Scarff said: 'We started both halves poorly which was disappointing. Henrich made two excellent saves in the first 10 minutes, but after the sloppy start, our level our performance improved. I wasn't happy at half-time with the level of standard that we reached, I made one or two things clear and was expecting an improvement, but the first 10 minutes were sloppy again.

'Portsmouth hit the bar and then Henrich made another big save to keep the score at 0-0. I needed to see an improvement and to be fair to the lads, they played well in the last 35 minutes. I was pleased with that. We missed a few chances, but then Jonny capitalised on a mistake, went round the keeper and was brought down for a penalty. He stuck it away well.

'There were some pleasing performances. Liam Marshall and Ollie Luto continued their run of consistent good form and Bradley Maslen-Jones played very well at the heart of the defence. Henrich made some crucial saves at important times in the game.

'One of the pleasing aspects of the day was the fact we had Dan Draper on the substitutes bench. He came on at right back for 20 minutes with the score at 0-0. Dan is a player that is part of the development team at Manor School, which is a partnership we have. He did very well. We have had a couple from Manor School in to train, but Dan is the first to play a bit of competitive football with us in the Academy.

'He is a player that we will continue to keep around the group and it demonstrates the importance of partnerships like the one we have with Manor School,' Scarff said.

Posh: Ravas, Robinson, Maslen-Jones, Luto, Marshall, Hood, Lee, Keating, Da-Silva-Lopes, Adebayo-Rowling, Edwards. Subs: Humphrey, Draper.


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