under 18s in action

Posh U18s continue their impressive goalscoring form in pre-season with another five goals on Saturday morning.

Peterborough United U18s secured a 5-2 victory over Sunderland U18s in a pre-season friendly on Saturday morning, making it 15 goals in four games for the youngsters so far in pre-season.

Posh opened the scoring on eight minutes as Tyler Winters played a lovely ball over the top to Dennis Kelmendi on the right-hand side, his cross was met by Josh Marcon inside the box but his header was superbly saved by the keeper and Torin Ntege was there to tap home on the rebound.

The under 18s doubled their lead on 18 minutes as Harley Mills’ corner caused a scramble inside the hosts’ box and Winters forced the ball into the back of the net. It became three just before the half-hour mark as Mills’ corner was headed home by Benjamin Arthur from close-range.

The Black Cats pulled two goals back, netting a goal in each half, but Posh extended their advantage once again and it was Mills’ providing once again as the Trialist rose the highest to his corner and guided his header home.

One minute later, the under 18s netted their fifth goal of the game as Winters’ low cross found Andre Changunda and he fired the ball home into the bottom corner.

Youth Development Phase Lead Coach, Elio Salerno, spoke after the game and said: “It was another really positive display from the players against a good side. I thought in the first half, especially, we played some excellent stuff and played out of the back very well, getting into plenty of attacking areas. 

“It’s always a bonus to score five goals and find the back of the net on a frequent basis, so hopefully they can take that form into the league for when the season starts. The goals are also coming from a variety of players, whether they are forwards or defenders, which is very pleasing to see.

“The pre-season has been good for the players, especially the first years to come in and try to get upto speed with what the second years were doing last season and how they were playing. But, also for the second years, they want to build on what they achieved last season and pre-season has been very encouraging so far."