Town youngsters out of FA Youth Cup

THREE goals in 13 minutes either side of the interval saw Town’s youngster’s crash out of the FA Youth Cup at Burnley with a 3-1 loss.

Russell Osman’s side had the better of the chances in the first half with an unmarked Byron Lawrence striking wide of the post in the 22nd minute from six yards.

The midfielder was at the centre of most of the Ipswich chances, with the 15-year-old rattling the woodwork on 30 minutes with a powerful strike from 25 yards.

And the visitors took a deserved lead on 43 minutes, when Tom Winter’s corner was flicked on by Lawrence with the ball deflecting of two Burnley defender’s before squirming past keeper Aaron Cook.

Town looked set to go in ahead at the interval, but in the third minute of stoppage time the hosts were awarded a penalty after Aaron Jones tripped Archie Love in the area, which Steven Hewitt fired home for the equaliser.

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Burnley took the lead on 53 minutes, when a slip by Jide Maduako on the edge of his own area let Seamus McCartan in the area and the striker squared for Hewitt to power in his second.

The hosts continued to look stronger as Town started the half slowly and they added a third on 58 minutes, as Jason Gilchrist got in behind Maduako and rounded Conor O’Donnell, only for Joe Whight to divert the ball into his own net from close range with an attempted sliding clearance.

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Both sides continued to create chances, with Maduako heading over Callum Bennett’s free-kick for Town, while O’Donnell had to be alert at the other end to save Adam Evans’ one-on-one effort.

Ipswich came close to reducing the deficit on 79 minutes, when Jack Marriott’s near post header went wide. But Burnley claimed a deserved win though, which sees them travel to either West Brom or Reading in the last 16.

Starting line-ups

Ipswich: Connor O’Donnell; Aaron Jones, Jide Maduako, Joe Whight (Acott 70), David October; Callum Bennett, Gunnar Thorsteinnssen, Byron Lawrence (Simmons), Mark Timlin (Meikle); Jack Marriott, Tom Winter. Unused subs – Leddy, O’Neil.

Burnley: Aaron Cook; Aryn Williams, Alex Coleman, Thomas Anderson, Luke Conlan; Alex Mulllin, Archie Love, Steven Hewitt, Adam Evans; Seamus McCartan (Daly 82), Jason Gilchrist. Unused subs – Callum Jakovlevs, Jack Errington, Lewis Nuttall, Charlie Holt.

Attendance: 620

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