Ben Challinor vs Fulham

Posh U18s suffer heavy defeat to Cardiff City.

Peterborough United U18s suffered a 6-2 defeat against Cardiff City on Saturday morning in the Under-18 Professional Development League at Cardiff International Sports Campus, with manager Jamal Campbell-Ryce admitting the second half was nowhere near good enough.

Posh took the lead after a lovely team move, which involved 14 passes in the build-up, before Tyler Winters finished well. 

Despite being pegged back, Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s side retook the lead through Gabriel Overton after some great individual play by the forward, showing pace and power to beat his man before being brought down in the box by The Bluebirds' goalkeeper. Overton stepped up and calmly slotted away the penalty.

However, the under 18s conceded two quickfire goals as the hosts took the lead at the break. It didn’t get much better for Campbell-Ryce’s side in the second half, and despite a good performance in the opening stages of the half, The Bluebirds added a fourth before netting two more goals to seal a 6-2 victory.

Campbell-Ryce said: “Our first goal came through the shape, which was really good as it showed everything we had been working on. However, they got into our faces after that, our decision-making was really poor, and in transitions, we were really slack, and out of possession not aggressive enough.

“In the second half, I thought the first 10-15 minutes, we looked like we had a foothold in the game and was controlling possession before we made a small mistake, which they capitalised on and we just capitulated after that. They were some promising performances, including Harry Titchmarsh and Benjamin Arthur, who gave a really good account of himself.”

Posh XI: West, Dornelly, Arthur, Mason, Mills, Titchmarsh, Challinor, Macron, Winters, Marshall, Overton.