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Fry helps Under-21s progress

Posted: Thu 14 Nov 2013
Author: Connor Dicks
Tom Fry

Tom Fry

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City youngsters secure extra-time victory over Peterborough United.

City progressed to the third round of the Under-21 Premier League Cup after a 1-0 extra time victory over Peterborough United at Ashton Gate.  

With the game destined for a penalty shootout, Tom Fry lashed home Ben Withey’s cross to set up a home tie with West Ham United in the next round. 

The goal capped off a great week for the young duo who both scored in Monday’s 3-0 FA Youth Cup victory over Newport County.

The first chance of the encounter fell to Peterborough after Gus Mufuta brought down Shaun Jeffers for a free kick just outside the area. Tom Conlon tried his luck but saw the ball whistle past Frank Fielding’s post. 

Regan Carthey’s snapshot from 30 yards caused Fielding problems as he scrambled across his goal to turn it around his post moments later. 

The visitors continued to press with Jeffers seeing his half volley pushed wide by Fielding after Jack Batten missed his clearance from Carthey’s cross.

City struggled to carve out chances to test Joe Day but Posh were willing to test the City goalkeeper at every opportunity with Robert Duggan having their last chance of the first half volleying over from the edge of the box. 

Half-time substitute Jamie Horgan – a star of the Under-18 FA Youth Cup win in midweek – made an instant impact within four minutes of coming, latching on to Fielding’s long ball forward to lob Day but the Peterborough goakeeper back tracked quickly to gather. 

However, the visitors were soon back in the ascendancy, full-back Matthew Carter breezing past Ben Withey before cutting inside but saw his shot go inches wide of the far post. 

Conlon continued to cause a threat and after intercepting a sloppy pass, attempted to lob Fielding from 35 yards only but the former Derby County keeper to back-peddle and tip over. 

City’s best chance of normal time fell to Horgan but he saw his shot cleared off the line after Burns’ initial attempt had been blocked by Day.  

Burns was again involved when he tried his luck from 25 yards, but the ball bounced narrowly wide of the post.

Then, with a minute remaining of normal time, Jeffers followed up some good wing play with a teasing low cross into the box. Anderson looked certain to score but the ball went through his legs. 

The tie moved into extra time and neither side looked like scoring until four minutes from the end. 

Withey’s broke well down the right before sending a low cross into a crowded area, Posh failed to clear the danger allowing Fry to fire the ball into the roof of the net to ensure City progress. 

City: Fielding; Wynter (Withey 46), Carey, Batten, Mitchell (Last 91); Ajala, Fry, Mufuta, Hall, McLaughlin (Horgan 46); Burns. Subs: Richards, Withey, Last, Horgan.