Peterborough United’s deaf teams are still looking for that first win. Head Coach Steve Long and Cardea Manager Kev Webster give their thoughts on the match. Both identified high tempers as problematic for the Posh team.
The two teams deaf representing Peterborough United returned from the NDCS Southern National Tournament after winning the under-13’s category and the under 16 team finished in third place.
The under-16 team, managed by Qadeer Hussain, needed one more goal in their final match against Charlton to qualify for the top two that would contest the final and qualify for a play-off with the best from the Northern tournament at England’s base St George’s Park.
The under-13’s faced Charlton in the final of their tournament and won 6-3 in a game which was closer than the scoreline suggested. They will now travel to St George’s park to face the top two teams from the Northern NDCS tournament on May 3rd.
Peterborough United’s Chairman, Darragh MacAnthony tweeted his congratulations
Peterborough United’s deaf team faced their first ever deaf opposition in Charlton Athletic and managed a draw against this season’s English Deaf Cup semi-finalists. Will Rolls and Chris Majid scored the goals in the first half but Charlton fought back in the second and Peterborough held on for a draw. See the post-match player interviews here.
These superb images from Peterborough United’s Deaf team’s first ever match, played under the lights, were captured by local photographer Tim Symonds. Big thanks to Tim for these excellent images – please visit his website here to see more of his work.
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Peterborough United’s deaf team have some positives to take away from the match against Cardea. Despite the result, the Posh team showed what they’re capable of with some excellent passages of play in the second half.
Chris Taylor scored Peterborough’s goal when Matthew Wheeler cleverly stepped over a low corner, fooling Cardea’s defence, and Taylor despatched the ball powerfully into the net from outside the area.
Arguably, Cardea could have been reduced to 10-men in the early stages of the first half and Peterborough awarded a penalty. The referee declined to show red as the game was a friendly but in a normal match, Peterborough could have had a penalty and Cardea reduced to ten-men when the score was 0-0. Cameron Cockerill, the fastest man on the pitch, was clean through on goal and odds-on to score when he was bought down. As it was, a free kick was awarded outside the area that was fired into the wall.
The Peterborough team found the conditions hard in this, only their second ever match. The astroturf pitch was unusually fast and many balls sped out of play as the surface gained more zip when the temperature plummeted.
Head Coach Steve Long said: “The team have showed me the areas that they need to work on. One of those areas is being disciplined, concentrating and following the team plans and instructions. There are a few players with fitness concerns too which we will need to address.
“The positives were that in the second half, once the team had adjusted to the opposition and conditions, they grew in confidence and showed the neat passing game that we work hard on in training.”
“Cardea played well and were the better team. They dominated for large parts of the game and scored great goals. We would like to thank them for taking part in this fixture and look forward to playing them again as we continue to build towards the next season”