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Mclean On Target In Development Win

31 March 2015

Aaron Mclean was among the Posh goalscorers as the development team beat a lively AFC Bournemouth side 3-2.

Wet and very windy - not ideal conditions for a development fixture at the newly named Mick George Training Academy, but that is what faced an experienced Peterborough United side as they entertained AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday afternoon.

The exposed nature of the training complex meant that pretty football was likely to be at a premium, but credit must go to both sides who tried their best against the odds and actually provided a decent spectacle with end to end football on regular occasions.

It was Posh who opened the scoring, Aaron Mclean stooping to head home from a James Pearson cross, the experienced front man diverting the ball into the corner from the edge of the box.

The Cherries were denied a leveller by a double stop from Dion-Curtis Henry, Ben Whitfield the man denied before the visitors did level as Sam Mathews fired home with his left-foot, low into the corner from 12-yards.

The first half was drawing to a close as the weather conditions worsened, but Posh went into the interval with the lead as David Norris exchanged passes with Marcus Maddison before sliding home past the despairing dive of Jordan Holmes.

Ben Whitfield cracked a shot against the outside of the post and Harry Cornick hit the inside of the other post as the Cherries came close to making it 2-2, but it was Posh who got the fourth goal of the afternoon as Harry Anderson volleyed home from a tight angle.

Cornick was denied by Henry again before he did reduce the arrears to 3-2 as his rasping drive from just inside the box found the top corner.

Harry Beautyman saw a shot cleared off the line by Buckley while Alan Sheeran repeated the feat at the other end as Matthews clipped the ball over the advancing Henry.

Beautyman also saw an effort whistle past the upright while Erhun Oztumer also went close as Posh pushed for a fourth goal.

Posh: Henry, Pearson, Sheehan, Norris, Santos (sub Maslen-Jones 65min), Norris, Marshall, Anderson (sub Adebayo-Rowling 65min), Beautyman, Oztumer, Maddison, Mclean (sub Friend 65min).

Bournemouth: Holmes, Muluba, Buckley, Lee, Simpson, Butcher, Mathews, Carmichael, Cornick (sub Surridge 76min), Whitfield, Coulibaly (sub Neale 86min)


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