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Da Silva Lopes Bags Winner

20 August 2015

Ahead of collecting his GCSE results, Leonardo Da Silva Lopes scored the winner for the under 18s.

The Peterborough United under 18s chalked up their first league win of the campaign as a goal from Leonardo Da Silva Lopes earned a 1-0 win over Gillingham at the Mick George Training Academy.

Less than 24 hours later, Da Silva and other members of the squad were picking up their GCSE results, making it a memorable week for the youngsters.

Da Silva Lopes' goal came on 10 minutes and was a well executed finish from the edge of the box as Posh claimed all three points. Goalkeeper Dion-Curtis Henry saved a first half penalty to preserve the three points.

Ryan Semple said: 'We started on the front foot, the lads were bright in their play and that is something that we spoke about prior to the fixture. We scored after 10 minutes, the cross was cleared and Leo took a touch and finished from around 20-yards across the goalkeeper.

'We remained on top and created a number of good opportunities and then the game started to get a bit scrappy. They changed their formation to try and cope with the way we were operating in a diamond. We gave away a penalty, which I think was soft and certainly the video evidence suggests that it was a harsh award against Ollie Humphrey for handball.

'Dion-Curtis Henry made a good save from the penalty, not only to keep it out, but to keep hold of the ball. We spoke at half-time about the positives and in the second half, in patches, we played well. We had two or three good opportunities to score and then the opposition began to get a bit more gung-ho to get something from the fixture.

'We actually ended the game with a couple of full-backs playing as centre backs and two first year scholars coming on to slot into the team. The players put their bodies on the line and you could see how much it meant to them to get their first win. A clean sheet was great for the defenders and on another day we could have scored more goals. Most importantly, the lads have something to build on ahead of the home game with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday,' Robertson said.

Posh: Henry, Robinson (sub Forde), Goode (sub Peace), Connor, Humphrey, Keating, Lee, Hood, Da Silva Lopes, Stump (sub Alban-Jones, Moore.


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