Ipswich Reserves demolish Derby Reserves
Ipswich Town Reserves 4 Derby County Reserves 0OWEN Garvan helped demolish Derby and immediately praised the man he hopes to replace one day in the first team –fellow Irishman Jim Magilton.
By Derek Davis
By Derek Davis
Chief Football Writer
Ipswich Town Reserves 4 Derby County Reserves 0
OWEN Garvan helped demolish Derby and immediately praised the man he hopes to replace one day in the first team –fellow Irishman Jim Magilton.
Dubliner Garvan helped in three of the four Town goals and scored the last as a Steve McCall side comprising seven youth team players dismantled a Rams side which fielded six first team regulars, five of which will probably be in Saturday's side visiting Portman Road.
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The watching George Burley will hope his senior side will cope better in the Championship clash after seeing a disinterested side out-played by an enthusiastic young Blues.
Although Frenchman midfielder Jimmy Juan showed his quality young Garvan was at the heart off virtually every Town move and he revealed tips from club captain Magilton had helped him.
Garvan said: "Jim is always giving me advice.
"Last week he was telling me to get in the box more and helping me with my overall game. Like when to slip little balls in for players and what positions to look for so he is always helping me out.
"Jim has been immense for this club for seven years and has been a great captain for the last couple.
"I would love to play alongside him one day. Hopefully that will happen."
The 17-year-old still has two years on his current contract and is prepared to be patient when it comes to first team opportunities.
He added: "I'm getting a bit quicker and stronger but I still have a lot of work to do yet. I'm sure when the manager feels I'm ready then he will give me a chance on the first team. That's up to him, all I can do is work hard and wait although he has a winning side and a good team that is chasing promotion at the moment so I don't suppose he will want to change that."
Performances like the ones he has been putting in for the reserves of late won't hurt but he is not happy to settle for what he has been doing.
Garvan said: "I didn't get on the ball as much as I would have liked but when I did I was fortunate to help the team get the goals.
"The back four were excellent and Derby really didn't get any chances and whenever we got forward we created plenty and always looked likely to score. We might even have had more goals."
The young Irish international played a part in the build up to Town's 28th minute opener as the impressive Dean McDonald spun and shot low past new recruit Kevin Miller after being set up by Billy Clarke.
Nine minutes later the Irishman delivered an excellent free kick which was headed in by on-loan Monaco midfielder Jimmy Juan.
The rampant young Blues had to wait another 40 minutes before snatching their third when Garvan played a superb through ball for the speedy Clarke to sprint on to and his powerful shot beat Miller despite the keeper getting a hand to it.
Garvan wrapped up a wonderful display, both personally and the team collectively, with a well-worked fourth in time added on.
McDonald showed good awareness and skill to feed substitute Danny Haynes who did well to get to the dead ball line before hitting a low cross for Garvan to run on to and tap in.
The Blues reserves now face Tottenham Hotspur at Portman Road on Wednesday which will be a taster for the forthcoming FA Youth Cup semi-final.
Ipswich Town: Supple, Mitchell (Moore, 23) Krause, Manning, Collins, Nash (Casement, 88) McDonald, Juan, Clarke (Haynes, 81) Craig, Garvan. Subs not used: Lordan, Trotter.
Derby County: Miller, Booth (Cassidy, 88) Vincent, Turner, Mills, Bullard, Barnes, Bisgaard (Ainsworth, 71) Junior, Smith, Tudgay (Ashton, 81) Subs not used: Atkins, Martin.
Referee: R Lee. Attendance: 502.