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Peterborough United 1 Swindon Town 1 (4-1)

Town bow out of the first round of the Carabao Cup

8 August 2023

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Peterborough United 1 Swindon Town 1 (4-1)

Town bow out of the first round of the Carabao Cup

8 August 2023

Swindon Town bowed out of the Carabao Cup, with a penalty shoot-out deciding the winners of a well-fought first-round tie.

Peterborough opened the scoring early through Joel Randall, but Town made a strong account of themselves through the game and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy equalised early in the second half.

The game went straight to penalties, with the Posh scoring four from four to give the home side the victory and progression into the second round.

Manager Michael Flynn named a strong starting line-up, with Liam Kinsella the only change to last weekend's starting line-up vs Colchester, with of course the game being postponed due to heavy rain.

Newest recruits Brooklyn Genesini and Benn Ward also joined the matchday squad, with both taking their place on the substitutes bench.

Despite a promising start from Town, it would be the home side who open the scoring with Joel Randall finding the far corner from the left-hand side in the 7th minute.

Town responded well following the opener, seeing a lot of the ball and dominating possession but the Posh were threatening on the counter-attack.

Charlie Austin latched onto a high interception from Frazer Blake-Tracy in the 27th minute, but the skipper's effort went over the bar.

Randall had the chance to double Posh's lead with his volleyed effort thankfully whistling wide of the far post two minutes later.

Swindon again created a good opportunity to find an equaliser, with a well-worked corner that saw the ball break kindly to Dan Kemp, but his deflected effort fell into the hands of Nicholas Bilokapic in the 33rd minute.

Five minutes later and another nearly moment for Town, with Remeao Hutton's cross finding Tom Brewitt, but the defender's low header was gathered by Bilokapic.

A strong set of blocks from the Swindon defence denied a number of long-range efforts from the home side, with Peterborough going into the break narrowly in front.

Half Time: Peterborough 1 Swindon 0

Straight into the second half and Murphy Mahoney produced a big save early on, with Ricky-Jade Jones denied by the Town keeper one-on-one inside the penalty area.

It was Town who made the most of the next opportunity with Rushian Hepburn-Murphy producing a deserved equaliser in the 49th minute.

The forward drove down the left-hand side before beating Ronnie Edwards and creating space down inside the Peterborough penalty area and drilling the ball into the bottom corner with a composed finish.

Swindon could've taken the lead three minutes later, with Kemp finding himself one-on-one with Bilokapic, however, the creative midfielder saw his effort drag agonisingly wide of the far post.

Another chance came Town's way in the 65th minute, with Hepburn-Murphy again causing problems, cutting inside from the left and seeing his deflected effort palmed clear by Bilokapic.

Swindon continued to apply the pressure and a half-chance fell the way of recent substitute Jake Young, whose first-time volley from a corner sailed just over the Posh bar in the 78th minute.

Fellow sub Jacob Wakeling almost produced a moment of magic late on in the game, with his chip from 25 yards almost catching out Bilokapic who was forced to tip the ball over the bar.

A late chance fell the way of Peterborough, with the ball dropping nicely for Harrison Burrows inside the penalty area, but thankfully saw his effort fly over the Swindon bar midway through eight minutes of added time.

A late, great save from Mahoney denied Joe Tomlinson who looked to find the far corner if not for a springing Mahoney, clawing the effort away.

Another great stop from the Town keeper who denied Clarke-Harris from close range just before the referee blew the whistle for full-time.

Straight to penalties we went and Clarke-Harris found the net first with Frazer Blake-Tracy hitting the post for Town.

Edwards scored the second for Peterborough, with Kemp responding with a cool penalty for Swindon.

Tomlinson made it three from three for the Posh, as Young saw his effort saved from Bilokapic.

Burrows made it a clean sweep for Peterborough, with Swindon left taking plenty of pride from their performance against last season's League One play-off finalists.

Swindon will take this performance into their first league fixture against Crewe Alexandra back at the County Ground on Saturday.


Peterborough United: Bilokapic, Burrows, Edwards, Crichlow, Poku (Tomlinson 71), Randall, Jones (Clarke-Harris 90), Tshimanga (Ajeboye 45), Kyprianou, Collins (Fuchs 62), Kioso (Knight 71)
Goals: Randall 7
Subs not used: Blackmore, De Havilland, Corbett, Arthur

Swindon Town: Mahoney, Hutton, Blake-Tracy, Khan, Kemp, Hepburn-Murphy (Young 72), Brewitt, Uwakwe (Ward 72), Godwin-Malife (Minturn 78), Kinsella (Genesini 78), Austin (C) (Wakeling 66)
Goals: Hepburn-Murphy 49
Subs not used: Brann, Brown

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