Peterborough United claim thrilling JPT final victory

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Peterborough United are the winners of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after a 3-1 victory over Chesterfield at Wembley.

Josh McQuoid and Shaun Brisley put Posh 2-0 up before half-time, before Eoin Doyle's goal and Joe Newell's red card gave the Spireites a chance of victory in the second period.

However, it was Darren Ferguson's side who struck with ten-men, as Britt Assombalonga converted a penalty won by full-back Mark Little.

The game got off to a bright start - a sign of things to come for the crowd of just over 35,000 at Wembley - with Chesterfield enjoying the better of the early exchanges.

However, it was Peterborough who claimed an early lead when Brisley's header was only parried by goalkeeper Tommy Lee. McQuoid was on hand to prod home from a couple of yards.

But for a few brief spells when Grant McCannn controlled possession, it was the Spireites who dominated territorially and they had plenty of chances to draw the game level. Sam Morsy sliced wide with the best of them, found free from six-yards out before slicing horribly wide of goal.

However, it would be two-nil to Posh at half-time, as Brisley again won the header from a corner and this time found the net himself.

Doyle - who missed the ball when contact would have beaten Bobby Olejnik earlier in the half - delivered a lovely low cross as the half drew to a close, and it was another in a catalogue of opportunities, but nobody was there to capitalise for the League Two promotion chasers.

That changed in the second period however, as Doyle found himself in some space in the box to smash home when Morsy's ball was deflected into his path.

And, when Newell saw red for a kick out on Morsy midway through the period, it looked as though Paul Cook's side were right back in the contest.

However, a surging run down the right from Little was ended when Liam Cooper tripped him with a trailing leg. Chesterfield were furious, but replays showed referee Andy D'Urso got it spot on - like the Newell decision.

Posh frontman Assombalonga stepped up, and put it straight down the middle to secure the victory for Ferguson's side in-front of his watching father in the stands. Five minutes of injury-time weren't enough for Chesterfield, as time ticked away on their Wembley dream.

The Johnstone's Paint Trophy belongs to Peterborough United, although they'll hope they can't defend it next year with promotion from League One.

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