Jack’s the lad as Town beat Pompey

JACK Marriott scored his fifth goal in as many games as Ipswich Under-18s returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory at basement side Portsmouth.

Town dominated the first half without creating too many chances although Marriott went close following a corner.

Against the run of play, Pompey opened the scoring with their only attack of the half when Cody Cropper, making a rare appearance, spilled a shot and a grateful Ashley Harris fired home.

Town grabbed a deserved equaliser in the 55th minute with a typical close range finish from Jide Maduako. Russell Osman rang the changes and on 75 minutes they finally made the breakthrough when the Pompey keeper presented Marriott with a simple chance after a horrendous mix-up with a defender.

It was Marriott’s fifth goal in as many games and he and his strike partner Jack Simmons had looked lively until the latter was forced off with injury.

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Aaron Jones was outstanding for Town who return to home action when they entertain Arsenal at Playford Road next Saturday (11am ko).

Team – Cropper, Jones, October, Thorsteinnson, Maduako, Schroder, Meikle, Bennett, Marriott, Simmons, Leddy

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Subs. O’Donnell, Scotcher, Timlin, Lawrence, Winter.

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