Quinn hits brace in Town win
GALLERY Donegal Celtic 1 Ipswich Town 4NOT quite home form home at the Suffolk Road ground but Ipswich were made to feel welcome in an engrossing friendly.
Donegal Celtic 1 Ipswich Town 4
NOT quite home form home at the Suffolk Road ground but Ipswich were made to feel welcome in an engrossing friendly.
Two from Alan Quinn, one from Owen Garvan, and a David Munster own goal gave Town the win although they were made to work for it by the Irish league side.
Celtic were physical, hard-working and organised, allowing Town, playing in their red away kit, little time in a tight opening half.
After just 20 minutes Danny Haynes lost his cool after losing out on one challenge and kicked the ball away in frustration. Moments later he reacted angrily following another tackle and something was said so the referee suggested it was time he calmed down and Magilton replaced him with Chris Casement.
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While Owen Garvan led out the side in the second half, Alan Lee skippered the first half side and had the first half chance but his header from Jaime Peters' cross was weak and easy for the keeper.
Peters is getting a serious look at right back with the young Canadian using his pace to then push forward and his natural spring helps him against the big attackers, although he swapped places with Casement at half-time.
There were not many chances in a tight first half. Garvan made a 40 yard burst through the middle of the park but screwed his 20-yard shot wide. Pim Balkestein went wide after a Shumi free kick deflected wide, while Jon Walters header over and hit a shot at well-placed keeper.
The breakthrough came when the lively Gary Roberts put in a tantalising low cross and David Munster put through his own goal, four minutes before half-time.
Celtic equalised eight minutes after the break after terrific work from James Lavery who made a sharp turn before beating Supple. But Caldwell's departure hurt Donegal who struggled at the back in the second half.
Garvan restored Town's lead after a good low strike from Pablo Counago's pass in the 64th minute and two minutes later Town opened up Celtic with Trotter setting up Alan Quinn.
Counago clipped the bar with a long range effort before Quinn hit the goal of the game with a wonderful 30-yard dipping shot that went in the top corner.
Walters and Supple have recovered from a stomach bug but Tommy Miller is the latest victim and so missed out.
Donegal Celtic: Brown (Murphy, 46), Heagney (Patterson, 86), Gargin (Watson, 46), McClean, Caldwell (McCabe, 50) Bradley, Munster, Lyons (Thompson, 63), Armstrong, McDonald (McDonald, 46) McVeigh.
Ipswich Town: Supple, Peters (Trotter, 58) McAuley (Naylor, 65) Balkestein (Bruce, 65) Thatcher (Wright, 46) Haynes (Casement, 20) Garvan (Smith, 71), Shumulikoski (Quinn, 64) Roberts, Walters (Rhodes, 71), Lee (Counago, 46). Sub not used: Holman.