Posh v Barnsley Division 1 17 Aug 1993
Venue: London Road, Peterborough
Score: Peterborough Utd 4 v Barnsley 1
Referee: Paul Danson
Frustrating, enigmatic and erratic were just some of the adjectives to describe Dominic Iorfa’s performances after his arrival at London Road in a blaze of publicity in October 1992. But in this particular game the Nigerian international striker produced a sublime display that was little short of sensational.
Barnsley, and player-manager Viv Anderson in particular, were the unfortunate victims as Posh served up a swift, incisive brand of football that had a disappointingly small crowd in raptures.
Former England defender Anderson had the misfortune of lining up directly against Iorfa and by half time the 36 year old was probably regretting his decision not to direct his team from the dugout.
It took Iorfa less than 15 minutes to show his first pair of clean heels, although Anderson managed to halt that run at the expense of a booking. He never got that close again as Iorfa’s scorching sprints became a feature of the game. But it was far from being a one man show.
The seeds of Posh’s victory were planted in midfield where John McGlashan produced some surging runs to compliment the passing skills of Marcus Ebdon and Gary Cooper.
Indeed it was Cooper’s splendid 17th minute through ball that enabled Iorfa to score his first senior goal in 10 months and only the second of his league career, when his scorching 18 yard drive beat Lee Butler in the Barnsley goal.
Posh increased their lead in the 37th minute and Iorfa was involved again. Feeding on a long clearance from Posh goalkeeper Ian Bennett, Iorfa unleashed a powerful shot that Butler could only parry into the path of Tony Adcock, who calmly side-footed into an empty net.
The Tykes had their moments too, but confirmation that it was not going to be their night came when Wayne Biggins strike following a corner was ruled out for offside.
Mercurial Posh winger Bobby Barnes skipped clear to add a third goal soon after the restart before Iorfa scored the pick of the bunch in the 64th minute.
Intercepting a poor pass from Brendan O’Connell, Iorfa galloped past Anderson before neatly clipping the ball into the corner of the net. It was a quality finish that had Posh boss Lil Fuccillo purring “On that display Dominic must be worth a million.”
Barnsley substitute David Currie grabbed a consolation goal five minutes later when heading home an excellent cross from Owen Archdeacon, whilst Iorfa spurned a late chance of a hat-trick by running straight at Butler when clean through.
The Posh: Ian Bennett, David McDonald, Tony Spearing, John McGlashan, Mark Peters, Steve Welsh, Dominic Iorfa, Marcus Edbon, Gary Cooper, Tony Adcock and Bobby Barnes (sub Jason Brissett).
Unused subs: Fred Barber and Chris Greenman
Barnsley: Lee Butler, Gary Fleming, Glyn Snodin, Danny Wilson, Gerry Taggart, Viv Anderson, Brendan O’Connell, Neil Redfearn, Deniol Graham (sub David Currie) Wayne Biggins and Owen Archdeacon.
Bookings: Mark Peters and Dominic Iorfa (Posh). Viv Anderson (Barnsley).