Swindon 1-1 Peterborough (3-3 on aggregate, Peterborough win 3-4 on Penalties)


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Peterborough booked their place in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley after defeating Swindon on penalties at the County Ground following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

Tommy Rowe slotted in the winning penalty to send the 383 travelling fans home happy and Peterborough to the JPT final for the first time in their history.

Misses from Massimo Luongo and Tijane Reis left Rowe to convert the winner from the spot which he did with consummate ease.

The game itself was a cagey affair with the two teams only managing 5 shots on target between them (Swindon 1, Peterborough 4).

Swindon opened the scoring when Luongo’s cut back across the six yard box got a touch off Peterborough goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik into the path of Craig Alcock who smashed a clearance into Dany N’Guessan and clear man of the match Alex Pritchard was there to rifle home from close range.

The goal Swindon conceded was just as sloppy as the one they scored. Under pressure, Norwich loanee Jacob Murphy attempted a back pass that was missed by Darren Ward. Alcock crossed to Britt Assombalonga who powered a header past Wes Foderingham to level the scores with 15 minutes to play.

It was Assombalonga who first came close in the match, his swerving shot from the edge of the area was well saved by Foderingham and settled a few early nerves at the County Ground. Relief turned to anger soon after though when referee Keith Stroud failed to blow for a clear penalty when N’Guessan broke free of Alcock and was tripped inside the area.

Town started the second half the brighter when N’Gussan beat Olejnik to the ball but he saw his shot hit post and out. Posh grew into the game following their leveller though, Michael Bostwick fired wide from the edge of the area on 83 minutes and then Foderingham had to have a strong hand to deny a Grant McCann freekick in stoppage time.

It was Peterborough who prevailed on penalties though and they march on to Wembley to face either Chesterfield or Fleetwood on the 30th of March. Chesterfield lead 3-1 going into the second leg which will be played at the home of the North final leaders.

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