Peterborough United in Friday FA Youth Cup action with a prize home tie against Premier League opponents at stake and you can watch the game live
Peterborough United send a depleted squad into FA Youth Cup action against Doncaster Rovers at the Weston Homes Stadium tomorrow (March 19, 2pm kick off), but manager Matthew Etherington remains quietly confident of success in the delayed third round tie.
Posh could have a dozen players unavailable because of injury including first-team squad members Flynn Clarke and Ronnie Edwards. Teenage striker Ricky-Jade Jones is also unlikely to play as he will be travelling with the first-team squad for Saturday’s League One fixture at Rochdale straight after the cup tie.
Etherington is expected to field several under 17 players with highly-rated forward Adler Nascimento set to lead the home attack.
The prize for the winners is a good one, a fourth round home tie against Premier League Sheffield United.
Etherington, who has been assisting Darren Ferguson at first-team games rc said: “The lads are raring to go. They are excited to be playing this game against strong opponents at the first-team stadium. It’s another reward for a good season.
“We do have a lot of players available, several of whom have signed pro contracts, but it says a lot about the strength of our under 17/18 squad that we are still relatively happy with the side we will be fielding. It’s a good chance for some who haven’t had as many minutes as they would have liked this season to show what they can do.
“It will be a tough game against physical opponents who are particularly strong in midfield.”
Posh, who retained their Youth Alliance League title this season, have won at non-league sides Newmarket Town and Altrincham to reach the third round of the FA Youth Cup.
Doncaster’s Head of Academy is Posh legend Steve Welsh.
The tie will be streamed online by Posh. It’s just £5, although those 2020-21 season ticket holders who donated their ticket fee to the Academy should have been sent vouchers enabling them to watch for free.
The feed goes live at 1.30pm and can be found here