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Sunday, 28 August 2011
Match Report: Brighton 2 Peterborough 0
Stunning goals in each half from Craig Noone and Ryan Harley fired Brighton to the top of the npower Championship as they beat Peterborough 2-0.Brighton should have taken the lead in the seventh minute when Noone escaped down the left and pulled the ball back for Ashley Barnes on the penalty spot, but the striker missed the target.But three minutes later the hosts made the breakthrough they had been threatening. Noone collected a miskick from Peterborough goalkeeper Paul Jones and was allowed to move inside, shift the ball to his left foot and crash a low drive into the corner of the net from 20 yards.Peterborough almost drew level barely 10 seconds after the break when Paul Taylor put Lee Frecklington through to round Casper Ankergren but his shot was cleared off the line by Inigo Calderon.The second goal came in the 64th minute when Tommy Rowe fouled Ashley Barnes 30 yards out and Harley stepped up to curl a stunning free-kick past Jones and into the top corner.Peterborough's best opportunity of the second half fell to Rowe but his shot rolled past the post and with it went the visitors' chances of getting back into the game.