Ipswich 6 Plymouth 0

National Veterans Over-40s Cup semi-finalIpswich 6 Plymouth Marjon 0Ipswich have reached the final of the Over-40s National Cup for the first time in the club's history.

National Veterans Over-40s Cup semi-final

Ipswich 6 Plymouth Marjon 0

Ipswich have reached the final of the Over-40s National Cup for the first time in the club's history.

In doing so, the over-40s side has created a unique double by matching the club's over-50s side who had also made the final of their National Cup the week previous.

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Ipswich took the lead within a minute when Cook converted a penalty corner in typical fashion at the second attempt.

This signalled a period of Ipswich domination as the Plymouth defence struggled to cope with the precision and speed of the Ipswich attacks.

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Cook fired wide as Foster tried to deflect home, Palmer's reverse stick shot flew narrowly wide, while Gaffer saw a shot well-saved. Askins also failed to control with the goal at his mercy.

The lead was finally doubled after a bad tackle resulted in an Ipswich penalty flick which Palmer converted.

The Plymouth goalkeeper then kept his team in touch with a string of superb saves before Ipswich ran away with the game.

First, a quickly taken free hit on the edge of the circle was brilliantly turned in by Palmer, before Palmer completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time.

The second half began with Ipswich's Driver remarkably denied on five occasions by a series of saves and last ditch clearances on the line.

Ipswich finally made the breakthrough when Foster's pass found Askins who converted.

After Plymouth introduced their reserve goalkeeper, Ipswich coach Swindin introduced his substitutes.

Ipswich eventually scored their sixth and final goal in what was perhaps the best move of the game, Crowe releasing Foster who again picked out an unmarked Askins to notch his second.

Both Ipswich's veterans' sides now look forward to their respective finals days, the Over-40s playing at Old Loughtonians against either East Grinstead or Harleston on May 4, while the Over-50s play against Indian Gymkhana on a date to be confirmed.

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