Peterborough United edged a five goal thriller at Ipswich to move in to the draw for the FA Youth Cup fourth round last night.
Three time winners of the competition, Ipswich’s side consisted mainly of first year Apprentices. With Connor Wickham not involved Town were reliant upon 2nd years, Josh Carson, Josh Meekings and Northern Ireland U21 International, Caolan Lavery.
However, Lavery limped out of the action after 15 minutes and with the Tractor Boys struggling without the striker, Posh took full advantage.
Daniel Evans opened the scoring for the visitors in the 21st minute and when Joe Newll added a second shortly after the half-time interval the game looked to be done and dusted.
However, in front of the watching Roy Keane, Ipswich’s youngsters rallied and Burke reduced the arrears after a clever delivery from Carson.
With the game poised at 2-1 the next goal was crucial and it was Peterborough that grabbed it. Newell found Jacob Joyce who took a touch before burying the ball into the back of the net and restoring his side’s two goal advantage.
Ipswich though refused to give in and when schoolboy substitute Jack Marriott nodded home on 85 minutes it made for a tense finale but Peterborough held on for a satisfying result and spot in the fourth round draw.