The Posh under 18s beat Southend in their final game before the suspension of the fixtures.

The Peterborough United under 18s made it two wins from two in the Merit League after beating Southend United 2-0 at the Mick George Training Academy last week.

In what proved to be the final fixture before the suspension of the professional game due to the coronavirus outbreak, Matthew Etherington’s young charges put in an excellent display to secure three points.

“It was a very pleasing performance, we played well. Southend were stronger in terms of their age and we were much younger, yet we coped really well. It was an improvement on the previous game and that was encouraging, we just need to maintain that moving forward.

“There was a real intensity to our game both in and out of possession and that is encouraging for such a young group. It was the second win in a row and this game was three days after the previous one and that was a good sign that they can do that and be consistent in their performance.

“Southend were up for it, we stood up to that challenge and scored two good goals. We also got minutes into the legs for players like Luke Harris and Nicky Gyimah. Charlie O’Connell scored the penalty and took it well and Ishan Chiha scored his first goal for the club following his move from West Bromwich Albion.”

As with the senior side, the under 18s are now awaiting news on when the league games will resume following the suspension of the professional game.

Posh: Blackmore, Mensah, Trialist, O’Connell, Powell, Harris, Chiha, Keane, Clarke, Gymiah, Nascimento.