First final in 30 years

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Ipswich Town 2(Ipswich win 4-2 on aggregate)IPSWICH Town are going to their first FA Youth Cup Final in 30 years.The Town kids last won the trophy in 1975, and none of their team today were around to see it.

Tottenham Hotspur 1

Ipswich Town 2

(Ipswich win 4-2 on aggregate)

IPSWICH Town are going to their first FA Youth Cup Final in 30 years.

The Town kids last won the trophy in 1975, and none of their team today were around to see it.

Bobby Robson's babes of the 70s went on to star in the first team.

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And in a performance of great character and spirit today's Town youngsters showed many of them have the promise of careers at the top level.

The home side took the lead in the second half after Town had bossed the first 45 minutes but Ipswich hit back with goals from Liam Trotter and Aidan Collins to win 2-1 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate. Now they will take on Southampton in two games next week, Monday at St Mary's and with the home leg at Portman Road on Friday.

Last night Spurs played much better with their own fans behind them than they had in the first leg at Portman Road.

But it was the Town supporters who were cheering at the end, having seen their youngsters hold out as Spurs pushed forward in the second half trying to pull the tie out of the fire.

The first half was lacking in many clear chances but visitors Ipswich had most of the possession and goal threat. There were 45 minutes on the clock when Spurs had their first effort on target. Supple leapt to save a firm header by Charlie Daniels from Andy Barcham's right-wing cross.

After that Spurs keeper Tommy Forecast was scrambling across goal when Billy Clarke supplied Darryl Knights but his cross was just too deep.

After a nervous opening 10 minutes Town settled into their usual passing game while Spurs were trying to get the ball forward quickly.

Owen Garvan had Town's first shot after seven minutes but it was blocked by a defender.

The dangerous Clarke spelled trouble for Spurs everytime he got on the ball.

One mazy run saw him chopped down on the edge of the box by Lee Mills and Collins saw his header saved by the keeper from Liam Craig's free-kick.

Charlie Lee was the first player booked for a very late foul on Cathal Lordan.

Spurs made two substitutions at half time, bringing on Simon Dawkins and Jamie Davis to liven up their attack.

But Town started the strongest and Trotter's powerful shot deflected up and behind for a corner.

From the corner Garvan's header was cleared off the line.

At the other Shane Supple had to produce his best save of the night to deny Dawkins when he cut in from the wing and hit a powerful effort.

A great Town move involving five players deserved a goal but Lordan's cross from the by-line was headed behind by a defender.

From Craig's corner centre-half Collins was up and his powerful header hit a defender and went behind for another corner kick.

At the other end Collins was on his own line to get a great clearance in from Dawkins' left-wing cross.

Spurs were ahead on the night after 62 minutes when Jamie O'Hara's corner was headed on and dangerman Dawkins buried his header.

Less than a minute later Town were level on the night when Trotter ghosted behind the Spurs' defence, when a ball deflected off a defender, and picked his spot to make it 1-1.

Sammy Moore was injured when he collided with a post trying to keep out another dangerous cross and had to go off and be replaced by James Krause.

And then Spurs lost their skipper Phil Ifil injured and he was replaced by Claude Seanla.

Spurs began to get on top and there was some desperate defending at times by Town with Chris Casement and Michael Synnott well involved.

Spurs should have gone ahead after 81 minutes when Seanla latched on to a clearance and rounded Supple but smashed his shot from an angle over the bar.

They were made to pay when Town gradually got on top again.

And when Clarke was clattered not far from the corner post after 86 minutes it led to the finishing touch. Craig stepped up to take the free-kick, bent it into the box left-footed, and Collins rose to power a header in.

Clarke was carried off with what appeared to be an ankle injury and Charlie Sheringham came on to join the proceedings at the ground where his dad, Teddy, starred for many a year.

Teams

Tottenham Hotspur: Forecast, Riley (Davis, 46), Ifil (Seanla, 57), Maghoma, Mills, Lee, Lewis, Hamed (Dawkins, 46), Barcham, O'Hara and Daniels. Subs not used: Holloway and Archibald-Henville.

Ipswich Town: Supple, Moore (Krause, 66), Synnott, Trotter, Collins, Casement, Lordan (Haynes, 68), Knights, Clarke (Sheringham, 86), Garvan and Craig. Subs not used: Reynolds and Ainsley.

Referee: Mr P Taylor.

david.vincent@eadt.co.uk

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