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ACADEMY DRAW WITH LUTON

12 February 2017

Friendly ends all square

Bradley Lethbridge scored a late penalty as Pompey Academy drew 3-3 with Luton in a friendly at Furze Lane.

They made a bright start to the contest, only to fall behind to a sweetly-struck volley from outside the area on six minutes.

But the Blues drew level before the break, as a header was parried into the path of Lethbridge for a simple finish.

Luton missed the chance to restore their advantage when a penalty was blazed high over the bar, although they did score a second soon after.

Dan Smith (pictured) equalised for the hosts for a second time on 79 minutes, with an effort that looped in off the post.

The Hatters immediately hit back, however, and looked to have secured the win when a cross drifted over everyone and into the net.

But there was still time for Pompey to snatch a draw, as the referee spotted a handball in the box and Lethbridge stepped up to tuck home from the spot.

Pompey: Collins (Pitman 80); Chandler (Kavanagh 74), Dandy, Casey, Hancott (Bruce 74); Read, Smith (c), Flint (Kelly 65), Stanley (Bridgeman 65); Lethbridge, Mayes

Pompey will start the Merit League Two campaign at Dagenham & Redbridge next Saturday. Click here for a full list of academy fixtures.

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