MATCH REPORT: City of Peterborough teenagers are taught a lesson in finishing in National Cup quarter-final

Action from the National Under 18 quarter-final tie between City of Peterborough (red) and Beeston. Photo: David Lowndes.
Action from the National Under 18 quarter-final tie between City of Peterborough (red) and Beeston. Photo: David Lowndes.

City of Peterborough received a lesson in finishing as they lost their big quarter-final tie in the National Under 18 Cup to Beeston at Bretton Gate yesterday (February 19).

The visitors won 8-3 which was harsh on the City teenagers who, while never threating to stifle Beeston’s slick passing game, created many chances themselves despite limited possession.

Action from City of Peterborough's 8-3 defeat at the hands of Beeston. Photo: David Lowndes.

Action from City of Peterborough's 8-3 defeat at the hands of Beeston. Photo: David Lowndes.

The tone was set early on with Beeston scoring in the second minute from their first attack. It was soon 2-0 and although Peter Taylor pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, the visitors always looked likely to pull away.

And so it proved. It was 5-1 at the break with Taylor and Arthur Franklin scoring for City in the second-half.

Franklin impressed with his powerful right-sided running, while skipper Nicky Reddy showed some silky touches in the centre of midfield.

City of Peterborough Under 16 girls won their National Cup tie against St Ives 7-1 at Bretton Gate. Phoebe Ashby (2), Ellie Bolsover (2), Libby Smith (2) and Georgie Richardson scored their goals.