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Posh Beaten On Opening Day By Hatters

Posh beaten 3-0 by Luton Town on the opening day.

7 August 2021

Jonson Clarke-Harris in action against Luton Town Joe Dent / theposh.com
Jonson Clarke-Harris in action against Luton Town

Darren Ferguson’s men punished for mistakes as Luton Town claim a 3-0 opening day win.

The fans were back at Kenilworth Road, but Peterborough United were unable to notch an opening day success as Luton Town ran out 3-0 winners to condemn Darren Ferguson’s men to defeat.

Goalkeeper Simon Sluga had a heart in mouth moment inside the opening ten minutes as he allowed a back-pass to roll under his boot, but he managed to get back to clear with goalline technology confirming the ball didn’t cross the line.

Jordan Clark headed wide of the target on 12 minutes after a right-wing centre as Luton came close to the breakthrough. Defender Frankie Kent was cautioned on the quarter hour mark for a late tackle on Fred Onyedinma after a careless pass across midfield.

Jorge Grant sent a 25-yard effort wide of the target on 23 minutes as Posh created a bit of space down the left with Joe Tomlinson.  The Hatters opened the scoring on the half hour mark as a cross from the right was nodded home at the back post by Elijah ADEBAYO, the effort seemed to creep in via the inside of the post.

Sluga did well to beat away a stinging Tomlinson effort from range on 40 minutes before the keeper did well to smother a Clarke-Harris effort from a Butler cross as Posh came close to levelling the scores. Posh had appeals for a spot-kick turned down on 49 minutes following a Grant corner kick, but referee Mr Woolmer turned the appeals down.

Josh Knight was cautioned for a foul on 55 minutes. Darren Ferguson made a change just before the hour mark with Joel Randall replacing Joe Tomlinson. Ethan Hamilton replaced Josh Knight moments later as Ferguson shuffled his pack again.

Skipper Beevers was cautioned for a shirt tug on 64 minutes and moments later the Hatters were two goals to the good as Harry CORNICK tapped home from close-range from a low left-footed centre. The hosts extended their advantage on 71 minutes as ONYEDINMA rammed home a rebound after Pym had made the initial save.

Luton Town: Slugal, Bree, Naismith, Cornick (sub Muskwe 77min), Adebayo, Mpanzu (sub Lansbury 84min), Clark, Campbell, Onyedinma (sub Gomes 81min), Bell, Osho. Unused subs: Shea, Rea, Kioso, Jerome.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Thompson, Beevers, Kent (sub Edwards 68min), Grant, Knight (sub Hamilton 61min), Ward, Tomlinson (sub Randall 59min), Szmodics, Clarke-Harris. Unused subs: Cornell, Burrows, Kanu, Jones.

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Half-time: Luton Town 1-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Luton Town 3-0 Peterborough United
Attendance:
10,019 (1,032 Posh fans)


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