Town are beaten by Chelsea youngsters

IPSWICH Town Under-18’s travelled to Chelsea’s Cobham Academy looking to continue their recent good form, but suffered a 3-0 defeat.

With Elliott Scotcher injured the introduction of Jide Maduako was the only change from the previous week’s draw with Norwich.

After a three month lay-off with ligament damage Caolan Lavery made a welcome return to the bench. After 10 minutes the Londoners took the lead when a looping header from Billy Clifford took a deflection on its was past Cody Cropper.

Clifford had a shot blocked on the line and fired the rebound wide as Chelsea pounded the Ipswich defence, and it was no surprise when they scored again.

England Under-17 star Nathaniel Chalobah collected the ball on the edge of the Ipswich area and fired first time into the top corner of the net.

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Josh Carson shot narrowly over and Cormac Burke tested the home keeper, but at the other end Chelsea had two shots cleared off the line before the game was effectively over when Anton Rodgers scored their third.

Cropper saved Rodger’s first shot but was unable to prevent the same player tapping home the rebound just before half time.

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To their credit Ipswich put in a far better performance after the interval and looked the more dangerous side. Callum Bennett fired across the face of goal after a great run, Tom Winter hit the side netting and Joe Whight and Rory McKeown also went close, but it was a morning of missed chances and Town never really looked like getting back into the game.

The return of leading scorer Lavery for the last 10 minutes was a welcome sight and he will hopefully boost the side’s firepower in the weeks to come.

On Saturday Town welcome West Ham United to Playford Road with an 11am kick-off.

Ipswich: Cropper, Bennett, McKeown, Jones Meekings, Maduako, Tiofack, Whight, Burke, Carson, Winter Substitutes: Lavery, Marriott, Simmons, Acott, Lawrence.

Ipswich Under-16’s continued their impressive form with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea’s’ youngsters.

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