Posh v Swindon Town

Posh progressed into the second round of the Carabao Cup after a penalty success over Swindon Town.

Peterborough United are into the second round of the Carabao Cup after a 4-1 penalty shoot-out success over Swindon Town at the Weston Homes Stadium after the sides played out a 1-1 draw in normal time with Joel Randall netting for Darren Ferguson’s men.

The deadlock was broken on seven minutes, and it was a superb strike from Joel RANDALL who collected a pass, left the defender on the floor and then curled an excellent effort into the corner giving goalkeeper Murphy Mahoney no chance, although video evidence suggests it might have taken a nick off a defender just in front of the goalkeeper.

Peter Kioso powered a header wide of the target on 22 minutes from a deep Randall corner kick as Posh pushed for a second goal with Jones rolling an effort from distance wide after more good work from Randall in a central area.

Charlie Austin curled a shot over the top on 26 minutes after a poor clearance was seized upon by former Posh defender Frazer Blake-Tracy. Posh had the chance to double their lead on 29 minutes as a floaty cross from Jones was flicked on by Tshimanga to Randall, but his fizzing volley went inches wide of the post.

Bilokapic was well placed to keep out a deflected Dan Kemp effort on 33 minutes after a well worked corner from the Robins. Kemp again tested the Posh keeper moments later after wriggling into a bit of space on the edge of the penalty area.

Bilokapic did well to get down to a header from Brewitt on 39 minutes as Swindon continued to create chances as they dominated the ball as the half moved towards the last five minutes. Hector Kyprianou was cautioned for a foul moments later as he tried to reach a knock down from Tshimanga.

Blake-Tracy was cautioned for dissent as the half moved into four minutes of stoppage time. Khan tested Bilokapic with a precise side-foot which the keeper did well to gather. Darren Ferguson made a change at the break with David Ajiboye replacing Tshimanga.

Goalkeeper Mahoney made a superb stop with his legs to repel Jones within 60 seconds of the re-start after an excellent run at the heart of the defence by the Academy graduate. Collins saw a shot moments later gathered by the keeper.

On 49 minutes, the visitors levelled as Rushian HEPBURN-MURPHY outpaced his marker and fired low past Bilokapic at the near post. The visitors had a glorious chance to take the lead on 51 minutes as Kemp was slid through on goal, but he side-footed his effort well wide of the target.

Randall fired over the top from the edge of the box as Posh worked a chance well in a tight area. Ajiboye tested the keeper from range on 66 minutes as Posh tried to up the tempo. Bilokapic did well to tip an audacious chip from Young over the top before the fourth official indicated eight minutes of added time.

Burrows fired over on the turn half-way through added time as Posh introduced Jonson Clarke-Harris from the substitutes bench with half an eye on spot-kicks. Goalkeeper Mahoney was the star for Swindon late on, somehow keeping out a fine effort from Joe Tomlinson before parrying a low shot from Clarke-Harris with the last kick of the game.

The penalty shoot-out was a high calibre affair for Posh with Jonson Clarke-Harris, Ronnie Edwards, Joe Tomlinson and Harrison Burrows were faultless from 12-yards with Frazer Blake-Tracy seeing his effort strike the post and Jake Young seeing his spot-kick saved by Nicholas Bilokapic.

Posh: Bilokapic, Burrows, Edwards, Crichlow, Poku (sub Tomlinson 71min), Randall, Jones (sub Clarke-Harris 90min) , Tshimanga (sub Ajiboye 46min), Kyprianou, Collins (sub Fuchs 60min), Kioso (sub Knight 71min). Unused subs: Blackmore, De Havilland, Corbett, Arthur. 

Swindon Town: Mahoney, Hutton, Blake-Tracy, Khan, Kemp, Hepburn-Murphy (sub Young 71min), Brewitt, Uwakwe (sub Ward 72min), Godwin-Malife (sub Minturn 77min), Austin (sub Wakeling 65min), Kinsella (sub Genesini 77min). Unused subs: Brann, Brown.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Swindon Town
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Swindon Town (Posh won 4-1 on penalties)
3,440 (366 Swindon)
Referee: Tom Nield.