Ryan Semple Watching On

A brace from Overton and Ntege seal victory for Posh U21s.

Peterborough United U21s continued their pre-season schedule with a 4-0 victory over St Ives on Tuesday evening as Gabe Overton and Torin Ntege both grabbed a brace in the second-half at Westwood Road.

The hosts had the first opportunity of game on 16 minutes as a flowing move saw an effort blazed over the bar. Overton had Posh’s opening chance of the game as a cut-back into the box found the forward, but he sent his first-time effort over the bar.

On 25 minutes, St Ives Town won the ball back and advanced into the box, but Jake West was out quickly to deny the forward from close-range. The hosts went close again just before the break as a free header from a corner went over the bar.

Posh opened the scoring a minute after the break as a long spell of possession from Posh saw the ball played out to the left to Ntege, who advanced into the box before firing home at the near-post. The under 21s doubled the lead on 58 minutes as a lovely ball over the top from Harry Thomas set Gabe Overton through on-goal and he calmly slotted home with his left-foot. 

Two minutes later, Posh had their third goal of the evening and Overton grabbed his second of the game as Harry Titchmarsh played the ball into the path of the forward and he showed composure once again, firing the ball past the on-rushing goalkeeper.

In the closing stages of the game, Posh added their fourth and Ntege also doubled his tally as Thomas’ diagonal ball found Ntege, he cut inside before sending a powerful effort from the edge of the box through the hands of the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

U21s Lead Professional Development Phase Coach, Ryan Semple, said: “It was a positive performance in the second-half. St Ives were a physical side and had some good young players, they played in a way that really tested the players and always looked to get the ball into the box. 

“We were sloppy at times and gave them possession, but the players defended really well as a unit. We came out strong in the second half and scored early on, with a good individual goal from Torin [Ntege]. For the rest of that half, we controlled the game and looked physically strong, so overall it was a positive performance.”

Posh XI: West, Dornelly, Thomas, Dreyer, Powell, Chiha, Titchmarsh, Kelmendi, Trialist, Ntege, Overton.

Subs: Gilbert, Mills, Unwin, Marshall, Winters.