Town are beaten by teenage Watford side

IPSWICH Town Under-18’s lost by a single goal to FA Youth Cup quarter-finalists Watford.

Town were without Rory McKeown, who was taken ill on the eve of the game, while Josh Carson travelled to Leeds with the first team and Elliott Scotcher is still struggling with a rib injury.

On a bumpy pitch, opening exchanges were even and the closest to a goal came when Cody Cropper lost the ball in the wind and it took the combined efforts of Cullum Bennett and Jide Maduako to stop a goal.

Caolan Lavery and Josh Meekings battled to create a chance for Jack Simmons and the young winger was unlucky to see his shot from the edge of the area rattle the Hornets’ crossbar.

Watford took the lead after 50 minutes when a disastrous mix-up between Maduako and Cropper left Sean Murray an open goal.

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Town pressed for an equaliser and forced the Watford keeper into a string of fine saves.

Aaron Jones was outstanding in the Ipswich midfield and Watford were penned back as Town looked for an equaliser.

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On Saturday Ipswich entertain Coventry City at Playford Road with an 11am kick-off.

Ipswich: Cropper, Bennett, Whight, Jones, Meekings, Maduako, Tiofack, Acott, Lavery, Burke, Simmons. Substitutes: O’Donnell, Winter, Marriott, Thompson. Hammond

An injury hit Town U16’s winning run came to an end with a 3-2 defeat at Watford.

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