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Love Football: AFC Sudbury dominate Suffolk Youth Cups Semi-Final

Semi-final action from the Suffolk Youth Under 12 Girls Cup between Ipswich Valley Rangers (blue & white hooped shirts) and Waveney Cougars (gold shirts) which Waveney won 1-0. Picture: SUFFOLK FA

Semi-final action from the Suffolk Youth Under 12 Girls Cup between Ipswich Valley Rangers (blue & white hooped shirts) and Waveney Cougars (gold shirts) which Waveney won 1-0. Picture: SUFFOLK FA

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AFC Sudbury dominated the boys’ semi-finals at the Crown Imperial Suffolk Youth Cups Semi-Finals Day, writes Nick Garnham.

The Suffolk Youth Cup Under 13 semi-final between Bungay Town Black Dogs (sky blue shirts) and Beccles Town (white shirts) which Beccles won 9-1. Picture: SUFFOLK FAThe Suffolk Youth Cup Under 13 semi-final between Bungay Town Black Dogs (sky blue shirts) and Beccles Town (white shirts) which Beccles won 9-1. Picture: SUFFOLK FA

A total of 19 semi-finals were staged on Sunday at Kesgrave High School just outside Ipswich and hosted by Kesgrave Kestrels FC.

AFC Sudbury reached the under-13, under-14 and under-15 finals, although Needham Market beat AFC Sudbury 3-0 in their under-16 semi-final.

Needham Market will now take on Walsham-le-Willows, who defeated Stowupland Falcons by the same margin, in the final.

Holders Woodbridge Town had to come from behind to defeat Mildenhall Town 3-1 in the Boys’ Under-18 competition. They will play Ipswich Wanderers in the final.

There were two thrilling ties in the Girls’ Under-16 Cup competition.

Kirkley & Pakefield Diamonds won a penalty shoot-out 4-2 following a 3-3 draw versus Belstead United to edge through to the final.

There then followed an equally enthralling encounter which resulted in Thurston beating East Bergholt 5-4.

That sets up a repeat of last season’s Under-15 final which Thurston won 3-1.

This season’s Crown Imperial Youth Cup Finals Day will be staged on Sunday, May 13th at a venue to be confirmed.

Carl Chittock, Chairman of host club Kesgrave Kestrels, said: “The day has run really smoothly and has exceeded expectations, with some good football being played.

“We have enjoyed partnering with Suffolk FA, and the feedback we have received is that everyone has enjoyed it.

“We could not have done it without the tremendous support we have received from all our volunteers who have given up their time.

“Our thanks also go to Kesgrave High School for allowing us to use their facilities for the day.”

Suffolk FA County Cups Competitions Manager Adrian Moye said: “Suffolk FA were in safe hands presenting Kesgrave Kestrels FC with the opportunity to host our Festival of Football otherwise known as Youth Cup Semi-Finals Day.

“The management team of Carl Chittock, Mark Lay and Trevor Barnes organised the event with military precision. From car parking, changing room management, ball boys, catering and traffic flow the event was a tremendous success and with so many helpers from Kesgrave Kestrels FC they can be rightly proud of their efforts today. “My intention is to move the semi-finals and finals to different host clubs throughout the county, but there are only a few venues and clubs that can manage such events.

“Kesgrave Kestrels management on Sunday makes them an easy venue to return to in the future and firmly puts them in a position to host any event that Suffolk County FA may want them to host.”

Crown Imperial Suffolk FA Youth Cup Semi-Finals Results

Under-12 Boys’ Cup: Stowupland Falcons 0 Kirkley & Pakefield Cobras 3, Woodbridge Town 1 Exning Utd 3.

Under-13 Boys’ Cup: AFC Sudbury 3 Needham Market 1, Bury Town 3 Stowmarket Town 0.

Under-14 Boys’ Cup: AFC Sudbury 3 Woodbridge Town 1, Walsham-le-Willows 2 Wickhambrook 1.

Under-15 Boys’ Cup: AFC Sudbury 4 Bury Town 1, Whitton Utd 3 Kirkley & Pakefield Wildcats 1.

Under-16 Boys’ Cup: AFC Sudbury 0 Needham Market 3, Stowupland Falcons 0 Walsham-le-Willows 3.

Under-18 Boys’ Cup: Woodbridge Town 3 Mildenhall Town 1.

Under-12 Girls’ Cup: Coplestonian Ladies 1 Capel Plough 0, Ipswich Valley Rangers 0 Waveney Cougars 1.

Under-13 Girls’ Cup: Bungay Town Black Dogs 1 Beccles Town 9, Felixstowe & Walton Utd 0 Ipswich Valley Rangers 1.

Under-15 Girls’ Cup: Stowupland Falcons 5 Waveney Lionesses 2, Bury Town Rams 1 AFC Kesgrave 6.

Under-16 Girls’ Cup: Kirkley & Pakefield Diamonds 3 Belstead Utd 3 – Kirkley & Pakefield Diamonds won 4-2 on pens, Thurston 5 East Bergholt 4.

Let me give you a new definition of desperation. It’s an Ipswich Town fan wanting Norwich City to score a last-minute winner to save his beloved Tractor Boys from falling even further behind in the Championship relegation battle, writes North Stander Terry Hunt.

Ipswich Town are now eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the Championship table following yesterday’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke City. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts.

Ipswich Town lost 2-0 at Stoke City in a Championship clash yesterday afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts.

Trevoh Chalobah insists the confidence boost generated by manager Paul Lambert’s arrival still remains, despite Ipswich Town suffering a fourth successive defeat at Stoke yesterday.

Paul Lambert has confirmed midfielder Cole Skuse will be out for ‘a couple of months’ after suffering a knee injury in training.

Andy Warren hands out his player ratings following Ipswich Town’s 2-0 loss at Stoke City this afternoon.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert proclaimed ‘we are so, so close to being a top side’ following this afternoon’s spirited 2-0 defeat at promotion hopefuls Stoke City.

Ipswich Town were undone by a goal in either half at Stoke as the gap to safety grew following their fourth-straight defeat.

Ipswich Town were beaten 2-0 at Stoke City this afternoon.

In this week’s Ipswich Town nostalgia, we look back to September 14, 2004, when Town twice gave up leads and were replaced at the top of the table by ten-man Stoke City following a dramatic contest at the Britannia Stadium.

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