Peterborough United 2-0 Manchester United XI
Manchester United’s youngsters were given something of a footballing lesson at London Road as Peterborough earned a highly credible 2-0 win against last season’s Premier League runners-up.
Summer signing Nick Powell was given a starting berth against Darren Ferguson’s men, who saw off Ferguson senior’s young charges courtesy of goals from George Boyd and ex-Red Devil Nicky Ajose.
The first half was something of a sluggish affair in the warm Cambridgeshire weather, with the best chance falling to the home side as Joe Newell fired just past Sam Johnstone’s post after some intricate build-up play.
It took until the hour mark for the deadlock to be broken, but when the goal did arrive, it did so in style. Boyd picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and thumped a shot beyond the despairing dive of Johnstone to put the hosts in front.
The visitors laboured in vain to return to parity and the Championship side made sure of the victory late on, as Ajose turned home Paul Taylor’s reverse pass to send the home fans into raptures.
Southend United 0-6 Tottenham Hotspur XI
Tottenham named an experimental side for their visit to Roots Hall to face Southend, with the majority of the first team having been in Spain for Thursday’s defeat to Valencia. On this viewing, however, Andre Villas-Boas may be tempted to hand some of his young stars a first-team berth this season as they eased to a superb 6-0 victory, with Harry Kane netting a hat-trick.
Souleymane Coulibaly set Spurs on their way after a mazy run from Andros Townsend, whose cross was rifled home by the Ivorian. Shortly before the break, a smooth counter-attack saw Kane notch his first of the night, slotting home the rebound after Tom Carroll’s shot had been well blocked.
Carroll returned the favour on 66 minutes as he fed Kane with a delightful through ball, leaving the youngster to finish with aplomb as he chipped the ball over the onrushing Daniel Bentley.
Townsend then added a fourth a minute later as his 20-yard drive took a lucky deflection off Sean Clohessy and nestled into the corner of the net, before the midfielder turned provided once more for Kane’s third of the night, slotting the ball through the defence to allow the 19-year-old to sidefoot confidently into the bottom corner.
And Townsend and Kane capped off a fine evening by combining for Spurs’ sixth, with Kane nodding his team-mate’s header back across goal for Jonathan Obika to nod home from point-blank range.
Greuther Furth 1-1 Stoke City
New signings Michael Kightly and Geoff Cameron were handed starts by Tony Pulis for Stoke’s trip to Germany to face Bundesliga new-boys Greuther Furth, and the former could scarcely have imagined a better start to his Potters career.
With just five minutes on the clock, Kightly latched on to Peter Crouch’s flick from Marc Wilson’s long ball and drilled a shot past the keeper from a tight angle. It was the first time he touched the ball in the red and white of Stoke, and it set the benchmark for a fine debut performance.
The visitors spurned a good chance to double their lead when John Walters fired over from 20 yards, before Asmir Begovic was called into action to deny a rasping 30-yard drive from Tobias Mikkelsen, meaning the score remained 1-0 at half time.
Young American Cameron was another who excelled in his first outing for the Premier League side, putting in a classy performance in midfield before filling in well in defence during the closing stages.
He came close to sealing a fine display with a goal of his own, as he drove into the box before bending his effort towards the far post only for goalkeeper Max Grun to turn it behind.
The German side came back strongly as the half drew on, however, and were awarded a penalty when Matthew Upson was adjudged to have pulled at his man while defending a corner. Bernd Nehrig drilled straight down the middle of substitute Thomas Sorensen’s goal to level the scores.
As the game drew towards its close, each side spurned good chances to earn the victory. Kightly almost notched an assist when he squared for Ryan Shotton, but the substitute was denied by the woodwork.
At the other end, Sorensen saved smartly from Sebastian Tyrala’s free-kick, and Illir Azemi wasted a glorious opportunity in the dying moments when he dragged a shot wide when through on goal, meaning Pulis’ side left Frankfurt with a share of the pre-season spoils.
A Youssef Mulumbu wonder strike and a penalty from Shane Long sealed victory for West Brom in their trip to Nottingham Forest.
Mulumbu rifled a 25-yard shot into the top corner with just seven minutes on the clock at the City Ground to put the Baggies in front. Ben Foster was then called upon to make a smart double save, blocking a close-range shot from David McGoldrick after he gifted possession back to the Forest striker following a comfortable catch.
Long will have been delighted to get a goal after Romelu Lukaku’s loan move to The Hawthorns was confirmed earlier on Friday, with the Republic of Ireland international slotting home a 17th-minute penalty after he was brought down by Danny Harding.
The former Reading man looked determined to stake his claim for a striking spot when the season gets underway, and he came close with an audacious 45-yard effort which had the goalkeeper back-peddling shortly before the break.
The second half offered little by way of scoring chances: substitute Peter Odemwingie blasted just wide from distance in the second half, and Dawson slotted home Marc-Antoine Fortune’s cross in the 73rd minute, but was denied by the offside flag.
Yassine El Ghanassy made space on the edge of the box and forced Darlow into a low save late on, but the third goal was not forthcoming and Steve Clarke’s side eased to a comfortable win.
West Ham experimented with a 4-3-3 system as they tackled Portuguese side Braga in the last of Friday’s pre-season matches, and earned a creditable 1-1 draw against a side who defeated Arsenal in the Champions League only last season.
New-singing Mohamed Diame put in a fine display from the visitors, and almost provided the opening goal as his powerful run and cross was turned away by some last-ditch defending.
The Hammers were the dominant side the opening exchanges but found themselves controversially behind just after the half-hour mark. Custodio’s shot was parried by Jussi Jaaskelainnen into the arm of James Collins, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot, allowing Lima to put his side in the lead. The striker was then booked for a bizarre celebration, as he stole a camera from behind the goal and took a picture of his jubilant team-mates.
Lima then spurned a good chance shortly before half-time as he dragged a shot from close-range wide of the post, before firing narrowly over from 22 yards less than ten minutes after the interval.
Modibo Maiga then came close to scoring his first goal in claret and blue as Quim parried his firm close-range header, before Winston Reid nodded over on the stretch with the clock beginning to wind down.
Sam Allardyce’s men displayed commendable work-rate throughout the match, and were rewarded for their efforts just a minute from time as Reid poked home a James Tomkins header following Matt Taylor’s curling corner.
Braga pressed for a winner with a series of corners in the dying stages but West Ham held on for an impressive draw in their final match before next Saturday’s Premier League curtain-raiser against Aston Villa.