Fine win for Town youngsters
ACADEMY FOOTBALLIpswich Town U19 3Arsenal U19 0A brace of goals form Northern Ireland youngster Sam Morrow and one from Adem Atay sent the high-flying Gunners back to London disappointed, writes David Vincent.
Ipswich Town U19 3
Arsenal U19 0
A brace of goals form Northern Ireland youngster Sam Morrow and one from Adem Atay sent the high-flying Gunners back to London disappointed, writes David Vincent.
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It was another fine display by the Town kids, some of whom will be in the reserve squad to visit Spurs today.
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But Ipswich dominated for long periods and thoroughly deserved the victory.
Town put together some good passing moves and it was no surprise when they went ahead on 20 minutes.
Flack was fouled on the right wing as he surged clear. The keeper punched the free kick away as far as Atay whose shot was deflected by a defender and Morrow showed composure to slot in to the far corner.
In a rare Arsenal break Scott Peat had to save from Probets and Shiels in quick succesion.
Morrow was leading the line well and he set up Flack to shoot wide. Another fine reverse ball fooled the Arsenal defence but this time Flack was given offside.
And after a Morrow header Scott Mitchell saw his effort blocked.
Town almost doubled their lead when Aidan Collins header was pushed on to the bar and Mitchell's header was cleared.
Town's second from Morrow was at the end of another flowing move, he made himself space in the penalty box and finished well.
Adem Atay got the third. Stuart Boardley intercepted a pass and ran down the left wing before switching the ball to Atay, and he curled his effort with his right foot into the far corner of the net.
Coach Ian Smith said: "Arsenal were under pressure to win but we competed well with them and got better as the game went on.
"Sam did very well for his goals. He is coming on well, like so many of these lads. We were excellent yesterday both in effort and team spirit."
Ipswich: Peat, Synott, Boardley, Nash, Collins, Manning, Atay, Mitchell, Morrow, Flack and Barron. Subs, Reid, Croll, Sobolewski, O'Connor and Craig.