Sam Gaughran

Posh U18s suffer defeat to The Citizens in the Premier League Cup.

Peterborough United U18s suffered their first defeat of the Premier League Cup campaign, falling to a 5-1 defeat to category one academy side, Manchester City, at the City Football Academy on Saturday afternoon.

Proceedings were delayed by two hours due to traffic issues for Posh, leaving very little time in preparation for the game. The deadlock was broken by Farid Alfa-Rupchert on six minutes before two goals in four minutes from Jaden Heskey saw The Citizens head into the break with a three-goal advantage.

Luke Fletcher added a fourth for the hosts as they made a strong start to the second half. On 61 minutes, Posh pulled a goal back and Joe Davies netted his second goal in two games following a well-drilled free-kick, Harley Mills dinked the ball into the box as Tyler Winters headed the ball back, causing a scramble before Davies acrobatically sent his effort past defenders on the line and into the back of the net.

The Citizens added a fifth with 13 minutes left on the clock as substitute Dan Batty found the bottom corner, with Posh dropping to third in the group after Everton picked up three points against West Bromwich Albion.

Sam Gaughran, who took charge of the game on Saturday, said: “It was a good whole experience. Obviously, the travel getting there didn’t help, nearly took us seven hours and only had a four-minute warm-up and then straight into the game. It was brilliant for the players to go to Manchester City and see the level they play at, the facilities and the infrastructure. 

“It was a tough start, going three-nil down after 20 minutes is never easy. However, the players stuck together and had a really good go after that. They are an excellent side, always challenging in their league, so they have some very good players and was good for our team to see what level they can strive to.”

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Posh XI: West, Gilbert, Rose, Toynton, Mills, Holley, Marcon, Kelmendi, Davies, Winters, Ntege.

Subs: Sakalas, Unwin, Beech, Marcano-McWilliams, Freeman.