George Holley

Posh Under 18s secured all three points in the Professional Development League after their dominant performance saw them put six past QPR to win the game 6-0. 

The Peterborough United Under 18s got their first win in eight fixtures, getting them back on track to finish the season with a bang as they beat Queens Park Rangers 6-0 at the Idverde Training Ground.

The game started off quite cagy with both teams trying to implement their high press, with no team having a shot on goal before Bolu Shofowoke was taken down inside the penalty box, giving Posh a golden opportunity to take the lead. George HOLLEY converted the penalty, slotting the ball right into the bottom left corner.

Just a few minutes after Posh had converted the penalty, they grabbed a second goal less than three minutes later to further extend their lead to two in the 21st minute. It was SHOFOWOKE who got himself on the score sheet this time, after some lovely build up play saw a dangerous ball played across the face of the goal for the number nine to tap in at the far post.

On the brink of half time, Posh found themselves with a comfortable lead as Rylie FITZPATRICK got the third with an extraordinary solo goal as he drove the ball all the way down the right hand side before nutmegging the defender on the edge of the box and then curling the ball over the top of the goalkeeper and into the side netting.

After the re-start, a lapse of concentration from the QPR defence was capitalised on by HOLLEY, who only ended up needing to tap the ball into an empty net.

Less than ten minutes later, another huge mistake from the QPR goalkeeper, who took too long to release the ball, was caught by the run on FITZPATRICK whose impressive work rate extended the lead to five.

Another two goals in quick succession meant that Eddie FOX got his name on the score sheet scoring the sixth goal for Posh after a beautiful cut back ball was placed at his feet for him to curl the ball into the far corner to seal Posh’s successful afternoon.

After the fixture, Under 18 Lead Coach Jimmy Unwin spoke about how his side’s press won them the game: “We knew that QPR would play out from the back as much as possible and they try and play through the thirds and we made sure that we had athleticism in the front three and the front three really press with a good intensity and then in the ten as well with Joe Davies in there we knew he would give us a lot out of possession.’

Noah Freemen also spoke after the game and said: ‘I feel like they didn’t trouble us much. I don’t think they had many shots on target, we were quite narrow and compact and didn’t make any defensive errors which I thought helped a lot.’

Posh: West(C), Freeman, Trialist A, Holley, Mendonca, Aikins (sub Gilbert 67 min), McWilliams-Marcano (sub Beech 45 min), Fox, Shofowoke, Davies (sub Unwin 80 min), Fitzpatrick (sub Sykut 67 min).

By Ella Smetana