FCV Academy return to winning ways with Peterborough United triumph
FootballCV Academy got back to winning ways in the National Alliance U19 League with a hard-fought 2-1 home win against a competitive Peterborough United side.
On a sunny but breezy afternoon at Borderville, both teams started well with good approach play but FCV were unable to really test the opposition goalkeeper.
But, midway through the first, half the hosts started to seize the initiative. The pressure was building and FCV forced several corners, but were unable to get a decent contact on some good deliveries from captain Sven Hart.
However, the Reds made the breakthrough in the 35th minute courtesy of Brandon Taverner. He scored at the second attempt following a deep free=kick which the visitors’ centre-backs misjudged.
The lead should have been doubled two minutes later after more good work from Taverner found T’ai Williams inside the six-yard box, but his shot was excellently blocked when a goal looked a certainty.
Williams had another good chance before the break after being released by Paolo Prato, but his powerful shot hit the angle of the crossbar and post and went behind for a goal kick.
The Reds started the second half as they finished the first, on top and creating chances. Hart struck the post with a shot that had the ‘keeper beaten and when the ball fell to Prato his effort was blocked.
FCV extended their lead in the 53rd minute, and it was another goal for Taverner - this time finishing nearly under the goalkeeper from just inside the 18-yard box.
Peterborough responded well and deservedly pulled a goal back in the 70th minute. A long ball over the top released the striker who rounded James Leverton and slotted into an empty net.
It was a disappointing goal to concede and signalled a frantic final 20 minutes with the visitors pressing for an equaliser. The home team did have opportunities to kill the game off but often chose the wrong option when breaking quickly.
Posh committed more men forward, and they almost snatched an equaliser in the final moments of the game but somehow Leverton managed to tip a long range effort over the bar, ensuring a 2-1 win for Grant Brown's side.