A spectacular strike from young Jonny Edwards helped Peterborough United lift the Maunsell Cup by 2-1 on Tuesday evening, goalkeeper and captain Bobby Olejnik lifting the first silverware of the season for a youthful Posh side in front of a watchful Barry Fry!
Daventry Town keeper Richard Morris had already prevented Edwards from scoring earlier in the match, tipping a thunderous 25-yard shot onto his far post for a corner.
From the corner the Posh centre-back planted a deft header just inches wide of the post as United created the early opportunities.
An excellent run from Town winger Dior Angus - watched by his father, the former Cobblers and Fulham star Terry - almost resulted in a goal for Daventry.
Angus skipped past several players before laying the ball off to striker Mitchell Piggon, whose shot went inches past the post.
After 30 minutes, Posh went ahead with a goal which will be talked about for some time by all of those who were lucky enough to see it.
The ball was headed down towards Edwards who watched the flight of the ball perfectly then hit a 25-yard volley leaving keeper Morris completely helpless as the ball flew past him into the top corner of his net!
Ryan Howell wasted a good opportunity just before the break when he fired over the bar from inside the box minutes before Posh doubled their lead.
Jack Friend was allegedly felled in the box; much to the obvious annoyance of the Daventry supporters, and centre back James Ward converted the spot-kick to the right of Morris who got his fingers to the ball but could not stop it crossing the line.
Daventry scored form the spot themselves soon after the break, the referee spotting a handball as Barry Deakin troubled the Posh defence with a mazy run into the box.
Austrian Under 21 keeper and regular Peterborough keeper Olejnik was sent the wrong way by Piggon to reduce the arrears.
Morris kept Town in the match pulling off a brilliant close-range save to prevent Posh striker Philips from scoring and keeper Olejnik saved well from close-range as Angus tried to side foot his shot past the keeper as the game moved into the final few minutes.
Daventry played very well, particularly in the second half and should be looking forward to the start of the season with renewed optimism.
Daventry boss Darran Foster was pleased with his team’s performance, particularly in the second half.
“A very positive run out against a lively young Peterborough side,” said Foster.
“I never felt we were at it first half and conceded two late goals, of which the first was a wonder strike.
“The second half once again was so much better; we got tighter and showed more confidence in keeping the ball and playing as a team.
“We created the better of the chances without doubt and maybe should have scored a couple of sitters to see them off, but all in all the second half performance was superb.
“Playing with no centre halves was difficult, although Josh Cole and Jack Waldon did a good job.
“Josh was missed in the middle of the park as his energy is immense and young Jack is a very promising left back, so both have done very well.”
On Saturday Ampthill Town are the visitors to Communications Park, and on Tuesday Northampton Town will be sending a squad of players for a final game for both clubs, before the season starts in earnest on Saturday, August 9.