Town gain one point from two youth matches
IPSWICH TOWN: The Under-18’s were beaten by Coventry 2-0 having made one change to the starting line-up that lost by an odd goal at Watford the previous week.
Rory McKeown returned in place of Jack Simmons with Jacob Marsden making his debut on the bench.
An aggressive start by the visitors had Town on the back foot and it was no surprise when City took the lead after ten minutes when a run and cross by Will Roberts was met with an unstoppable header by Johnson Clarke-Harris.
In a half disrupted by stoppages for injuries and bookings, Town never found their form. Caolan Lavery and Cormac Burke twice went close but City generally held the upper hand.
Early in the second half the inevitable red card came to City defender Henderson for a foul on Callum Bennett but on 55 minutes the match was effectively over when the outstanding Clarke-Harris broke clear to fire a low shot past Cody Cropper.
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Joe Whight had a header deflected over and struck a post for Ipswich, in what was one of their poorest displays of the season.
Ipswich: Cropper, Bennett, McKeown, Jones, Meekings, Maduako, Whight, Acott, Lavery, Tiofack, Burke Subs. October, Marsden, Marriott, Simmons, Hammond
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Town Under-16’s returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Coventry.
The Blues Under-18’s then shared six goals with MK Dons in a thriller at their Woughton training ground.
With Cropper on international duty and Connor O’Donnell injured, trialist Jack Boyd was in goal in an otherwise unchanged starting X1. Elliott Scotcher had recovered from a rib injury and was on the bench.
In the 19th minute Ipswich took the lead; Lavery played the ball back to McKeown and his accurate cross was headed home by Carel Tiofack.
With Town well on top, Dons were back in the game when Josh Meekings slipped giving a Dons striker time to fire past Boyd.
Worse was to follow when Jide Maduako lost the ball and the Town keeper was beaten by a fierce shot to his left. Tiofack should have scored his second on the stroke of half-time but blazed over when well placed.
Callum Bennett was making some fine runs down the Town right the visitors went back on terms when a low ball across the box was missed by friend and foe alike and Bennett converted at the far post.
With 12 minutes remaining the game took another twist when Baldock fired home from an acute angle to put Dons back in front. In a thrilling end to the game the points were shared when substitute Jack Marriott stole the ball from a home defender and found Whight, who rolled the ball home to secure a well-deserved point.
On Saturday Ipswich travel to the Southampton’s Staplewood Training Ground to face the league leaders with a noon kick-off.
Ipswich: Boyd, Bennett, McKeown, Jones, Meekings, Maduako, Whight, Acott, Lavery, Burke, Tiofack. Substitutes: Scotcher, Marriott, Winter, October.
Town Under-16’s lost 4-3 to MK Dons.
Keeper Cropper has been selected for the United States U20 squad for the 2011 CONCACAF U20 Championships.
After seven days training in Dallas, the squad will departed for Guatemala City on March 25 where they play Surinam on the 29th followed by Panama on April 2. The tournament is qualification for the FIFA World U20 Championships that take place in Columbia this summer.