Ipswich through on penalty flicks
EH Over-40s Cup Ipswich 3 Winchester 3 (Ipswich win on penalty strokes) Ipswich triumphed in the first of sudden death flicks against a strong Winchester side in the fourth round of Over-40s Cup.
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Ipswich 3 Winchester 3 (Ipswich win on penalty strokes)
Ipswich triumphed in the first of sudden death flicks against a strong Winchester side in the fourth round of Over-40s Cup.
This match was always going to be a close encounter between two teams that dispatched their respective opposition by double figures in the previous round.
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Ipswich enjoyed the early territorial advantage and were rewarded in the 11th minute when Cook scored in typical fashion following a penalty corner, however, within five minutes Winchester pulled level when Adams fired in a penalty corner.
Ipswich pushed forward and looked particularly dangerous down the right where Cook fed Driver who found himself free but his shot flew wide.
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Despite Ipswich looking the better side for much of the half, Winchester took the lead five minutes before half time. Ipswich lost possession and, in a fine counter attack, Lelliot swept home passed a stranded Steward in goal.
Calver could have scored as he surged forward but his shot flew well wide as the half concluded.
Ipswich came out for the second half determined to get back in the game and were awarded a penalty corner seconds after the restart. Cooks effort flew into the net, however it was deemed too high.
In the 42nd minute Ipswich drew level as Foster converted following a penalty corner.
There then followed a period of indiscipline from both teams as Winchester were reduced to 10 men after too much back chat and within minutes Fry joined him after a particularly clumsy challenge when the attacker was free to counter attack.
Ipswich then produced probably the best move of the game as Driver fed Foster and his sprint down the right wing was crossed for Askins to turn home.
The unlucky Gaffer then joined the growing numbers in the sin bin, his only sin being not realising what was going on.
As the numbers were restored to full strength Adams converted another penalty corner for the visitors to set up an interesting final 15 minutes.
Winchester won a series of penalty corners but some solid defence and a particular opportune clearance by Fry kept them at bay.
Ipswich could have secured victory in the final few minutes, Mitchell in the visitors goal made a brilliant save from Cook, Cutting was unable to convert from another Foster cross and literally in the last second Cook's bullet shot cannoned back off the post.
And so to another penalty flick barrage. Fry fired the first effort wide but Cook, Beresford, Langton and Driver all converted confidently. Winchester matched Ipswich with Lelliott firing his effort wide.
Sudden death arrived with Steward saving the first attempt and Beresford kept cool to convert and see Ipswich through to the next round, which on reflection they certainly deserved.