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Baby Blues ease through in FA Youth Cup

04 December, 2018 - 21:40
Armando Dobra and Thomas Hughes celebrate with goalscorer Kai Brown Picture: ROSS HALLS

Armando Dobra and Thomas Hughes celebrate with goalscorer Kai Brown Picture: ROSS HALLS

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FA Youth Cup Third Round

Ipswich Town 4

Andover Town 0

Ipswich Town’s youngsters comfortably knocked out non-league Andover Town to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup, writes Liam Young.

Town U18s celebrate their fourth goal in the Youth Cup Picture: ROSS HALLSTown U18s celebrate their fourth goal in the Youth Cup Picture: ROSS HALLS

Second half goals from Armando Dobra, Kai Brown from the penalty spot, Tommy Hughes and Harley Curtis saw Town to a comfortable 4-0 victory at Portman Road.

The first half was even with very few chances of note as the away side stubbornly repelled everything Ipswich threw at them.

Armando Dobra in action for Town U18s against Andover Town Picture: ROSS HALLSArmando Dobra in action for Town U18s against Andover Town Picture: ROSS HALLS

Andover started brightly, and it took Town a while to get any rhythm into their play but once they did, they became dominant.

Midfielder Idris El Mizouni looked the liveliest with some slaloming runs that opened up the away defence, but the team lacked a killer instinct in front of goal.

Kai Brown battles for the ball for Town U18s against Andover Town at Portman Road Picture: ROSS HALLSKai Brown battles for the ball for Town U18s against Andover Town at Portman Road Picture: ROSS HALLS

The best chance of the half fell to El Mizouni as he ran at goal with the defence back-tracking, but he couldn’t finish as a last-ditch block took all the sting out of the ball and tamely bounced into away keeper Jack Martin’s grateful hands.

After a tight first half, Ipswich came out on the front foot and with only two minutes on the clock, Dobra side footed them ahead.

Paul Lambert and his coaching staff watch on from the stands Picture: ROSS HALLSPaul Lambert and his coaching staff watch on from the stands Picture: ROSS HALLS

Hughes made a lovely turn on the edge of the box that allowed him to burst through and square the ball, where Dobra took some time to compose himself before slotting into the bottom corner.

It was 2-0 approaching the hour mark as Kai Brown dusted himself off after being fouled on the by-line just inside the box, slotting the resultant spot kick confidently down the middle.

Kai Brown scores from the spot to make it 2-0 Town U18s Picture: ROSS HALLSKai Brown scores from the spot to make it 2-0 Town U18s Picture: ROSS HALLS

Town killed the tie two minutes later as the ball found a way to Hughes on the edge of the box and he beautifully curled it over the despairing out-stretched hand of Martin in goal.

Andover pressed in vain to get something out of the contest, but they never looked like scoring as Town completed the rout in the 77th minute.

Town U18s players celebrate one of their four goals against Andover Town Picture: ROSS HALLSTown U18s players celebrate one of their four goals against Andover Town Picture: ROSS HALLS

The impressive Hughes found room down the left-hand side and curled in a delicious ball that was glanced into the bottom corner of net by Curtis, who had only been on the pitch a matter of moments.

Ipswich comfortably saw out the rest of the game without alarm, although Andover showed great spirit to keep going and trying to force a late consolation.

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