Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 2°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Town’s under 18s get their season off to a winning start with a 2-0 win over visiting Leeds United

17:04 16 August 2014

Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town

Archant

Two headed goals gave Ipswich Town’s under 18s an opening-day win in the Youth Premier League Division 2 South at the club’s Playford Road training ground on Saturday afternoon.

shares

The young Blues side controlled much of the game and were largely untroubled in the first half by visitors Leeds who were left reeling after an early goal.

Barely 20 seconds into the match a cross from the right wing was whipped in by Ronaldo Jones. Bailey Peacock in the Leeds goal was unable to claim or clear the ball leaving Kundai Benyu free to head past a single defender on the line to open the scoring.

Buoyed by taking this early lead Ipswich took charge of the first 45 minutes, playing much of it in their opponents’ half.

Leeds’ attempts to break down a solid and organised home defence often resulted in their final passes being sent too long although they did threaten more as half-time drew closer. However Town’s clean sheet remained intact going into the break.

The game was more evenly matched in the second half but Town remained composed in possession and didn’t allow Leeds too many opportunities in the final third.

The second home goal arrived in the 64th minute. Right-back Josh Emmanuel sent in a cross from near the corner flag which a leaping Shane McLoughlin met smartly to beat Peacock.

Leeds’ response was to send an extra man up top and try to knock the ball over the top. The Blues defence mopped up everything that game their way though and claimed a deserved three points.

Key to Ipswich’s success was their confidence on the ball. Despite Leeds often putting pressure on the home defence there was rarely any panic and Town’s players were happy to play their way out of trouble more times than not without causing themselves more problems.

The squad’s work rate also contributed to their dominance. Most Leeds attacks were met with at least five or six players behind the ball defending and rarely was a position left without cover.

Substitutes Chris Smith, Edward Ellis and Nicholas Ingram slotted in well when brought on for Sam Ford, Cemal Ramadan and Jones respectively, all three getting amongst the goal mouth action as Town pushed for a third late on.

The Youth Premier League Division 2 South contains 10 teams who will play each other twice, home and away. They will also play the nine teams in the equivalent North division once, giving a total of 27 games for Ipswich’s under 18s this season. The top two teams from each division qualify for a two stage knockout competition (semi-finals and final) to determine the overall league winner.

Ipswich: 1. Marsden, 2. Jones, 3. Walton-Owen, 4. George-Kenlock, 5. Emmanuel, 6. Fowler, 7. Ford, 8. Blanchfield, 9. Ramadan, 10. Benyu, 11. McLoughlin. Subs: 12. Daly, 13. McDermid, 14. Smith, 15. Ellis, 16. Ingram.

Leeds: 1. Peacock, 2. Taylor, 3. Pearce, 4. Vann, 5. Turnball, 6. Bennett, 7. Lyman, 8. Berry, 9. Mbanje, 10. Bell, 11. Crouz. Subs: 12. Molloy, 13. Assenso, 14. Odour, 15. Downing, 16. Croft.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

David McGoldrick (right) in action for Ipswich Town.

Ipswich Town will still be without six injured players for tomorrow night’s Championship match at Leeds United.

Tony Mowbray

Former Ipswich Town captain and caretaker manager Tony Mowbray has been appointed Coventry City’s new boss.

Jay Tabb  puts his head into the thick of the action at Norwich

Norwich v Ipswich: Ipswich Town lost 2-0 at Norwich City on Sunday, their regional rivals leapfrogging them in the Championship table.

Freddie Sears after his first half chance was saved by Norwich keeper John Ruddy

Norwich v Ipswich: Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy was not left too disheartened by Sunday’s 2-0 East Anglian derby defeat at Norwich City.

Town fans at Carrow Road for the derby match

Two Ipswich Town fans were arrested when they ignored police orders to leave Norwich before today’s East Anglian derby.

The Sky Bet Championship
Ipswich Town v Leeds United - Portman Road, Ipswich - 6 Dec 2014

Ipswich Town's Tyrone Mings

Promotion places, bragging rights and revenge – the stakes are high as Ipswich Town head to Carrow Road for the most significant East Anglian derby in years (tomorrow, 2.05pm ko). STUART WATSON spoke to Blues left-back Tyrone Mings about crowd abuse, goal celebrations and memories of a rivalry with Mangotsfield.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers

The stakes are high, the atmosphere will be red-hot and Ipswich Town’ skipper Luke Chambers cannot wait.

Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy was in no mood for mind games ahead of tomorrow’s high stakes East Anglian derby against Norwich City at Carrow Road (2.05pm ko).

Leicester City striker Chris Wood

Ipswich Town have confirmed the loan signing of Leicester City striker Chris Wood on the eve of their East Anglian derby match against Norwich City, at Carrow Road, on Sunday.

Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie

Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever player, Kevin Beattie, has urged Blues supporters to believe ahead of Sunday’s high stakes East Anglian derby at Carrow Road (2.05pm, Sky Sports).

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages