David McGoldrick scores as Town win 1-0 at Barnet
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David McGoldrick’s headed goal, following a Scott Loach penalty save, saw Ipswich Town win 1-0 at Blue Square Premier side Barnet this afternoon.
After Loach had kept out Mark Byrne’s spot-kick on the half hour, McGoldrick glanced home Aaron Cresswell’s deep free-kick in the 41st minute.
In a game short of intensity, that goal proved enough to maintain Ipswich’s 100% record in pre-season – they’ve now won four out of four – though there is room for improvement on this latest outing.
There was little goalmouth action in the first half, with frustrated Blues boss Mick McCarthy berating his players – midfielder Anthony Wordsworth in particular – for a lack of intensity.
The first time either keeper was called into action was after 15 minutes when Loach sprung to his right to keep out Curtis Weston’s shot from the edge of the box.
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With the game being played at a largely pedestrian pace in the scorching conditions, Town finally produced an effort of their own in the 20th minute when Daryl Murphy’s slick turn and shot from long-range was tipped over the bar.
Barnet suddenly had a golden chance to open the scoring on the half hour when, following Keanu Marsh-Brown’s chipped ball into the box, a penalty was awarded for a seemingly innocuous coming together between Luke Chambers and Harry Crawford.
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Loach dived to his right to keep out Mark Byrne’s spot-kick right in front of the travelling fans though.
If the penalty award was controversial, so was the free-kick award which led to Town’s opener in the 41st minute. Barnet player-boss Edgar Davids – who decided to wear the No.1 shirt for this friendly – went mad at the referee following his delayed decision to blow in Ipswich’s favour after Jay Tabb went to ground.
And the former Holland star made no attempt to hide his frustration when McGoldrick glanced home Aaron Cresswell’s resulting deep set-piece delivery.
Town’s players did press the ball quicker in the second period and they came close to doubling their lead when Murphy lifted the ball just over following two excellent crosses, first from Elliott Hewitt and then Cresswell.
Barnet responded though and three times in the space of as many minutes they saw long-range shots fizz just wide.
Murphy, on the stretch attempting to connect with a deep Cresswell free-kick, stabbed the ball just wide, while at the other end Loach produced a wonderful save to claw a lovely curling effort from Andy Yiadom – the former Braintree Town right-back – out of the top corner.
Ipswich had offered little goal threat throughout and, in a game of half chances, it was Barnet who had more attempts.
Scotland international centre-back Berra – released by Wolves – watched from the stands, confirming the EADT’s story this morning that he will be an Ipswich Town player by Monday.
Dean Gerken and Paul Anderson were both left out of the squad as a precautionary measure due to slight groin and hamstring strains respectively.
Bongani Khumalo was also absent, the former South Africa captain – having played on trial in the pre-season victories against Crawley and Gillingham – gone back to Tottenham.
– Reaction to follow.
BARNET: Stack; Stephens, Acheampong, Johnson, Yiadom; Davids, Weston, Byrne, Gambin; Marsh-Brown, Crawford.
Subs: Cowler, Saville, Vose, Vilhete, Hyde, Sykes, Roberto, Luisma.
IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Loach; Hewitt, Chambers (Bramble 70), Smith (Mings 70), Cresswell (October 72); Hammond (Veseli 46), Skuse (Carson 81), Wordsworth (Berkane 81), Tabb (Lawrence 72); McGoldrick (Nouble 46), Murphy (Hyam 70).
Unused subs: Crowe, Chopra.