Vil­lains knocked out by per­fect Posh kids

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Ice Hockey -

Man­agerGav­inS­tra­chan­hailedaper­fect per­for­mance as Posh thumped As­ton Villa 4- 0 in the FA Youth Cup at Lon­don Road.

Goals from Jaanai Gor­don, Je­vani Brown, Char­lie Coul­son and Levi Wright saw Posh through to a fourth round tie at Leicester City later this month.

It was a stun­ning re­sult against a PremierLeague­club­with­arep­u­ta­tion for run­ning one of the top Acad­e­mies in the coun­try, but while 4- 0may­have flat­tered them, the vic­tory did not.

“Ev­ery­thing we­planned­came­off,” Stra­chan en­thused.

“Nights like this make all the hard work the coaches and play­ers put in worth­while.”

Gor­don was vir­tu­ally un­playable in the first half as he showed all the po­ten­tial that per­suades Dar­ren Fer­gu­son to in­clude him­in­his first- team squad on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

He’s abru­te­o­fas­triker when­faced with­play­er­sofhisow­nage­andhe’dal­readysen­toneear­ly­head­er­wide­when he con­verted Coul­son’s free- kick to give Posh a 10th minute lead.

Gor­don’s pow­er­ful run and cross en­abled Brown, a Ja­maican youth in­ter­na­tional fromLetch­worth, to make it 2- 010min­utes­be­fore the break and although Villa ral­lied strongly in the sec­ond half they failed to breach a dogged Posh de­fence.

Twogoal­keepinger­rorsinthe­fi­nal 20 min­utes al­lowed Coul­son and sub­sti­tute Wright to add fur­ther goals, to the de­light of the ma­jor­ity of the 879 crowd, as well as Posh Academy man­ager Dave Robert­son.

Robert­son and Stra­chan were desrcibed as ‘ un­sung Posh heroes’ by club chair­man Dar­ragh MacAn­thony af­ter the game.

Robert­son said: “To see the lads show such to­geth­er­ness, abil­ity and spirit was just fan­tas­tic.

“As­ton Villa just don’t lose 4- 0 at this level, but it does prove the qual­ity of work­we­have­been­putting­into our younger teams.

“It was a great night for the club.”

Posh Youths heap praise on Jaanai Gor­don af­ter his goal against As­ton Villa.

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