Wickham stars in Youth Cup win

IPSWICH'S rising star Connor Wickham was on target last night as Town secured their place in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup with a 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

FA Youth Cup

Tranmere Rovers 0 Ipswich Town 2

IPSWICH'S rising star Connor Wickham was on target last night as Town secured their place in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup with a 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, writes Tim Roberts.

Chris Kiwomya's side dominated their League One opponents with Wickham lively up front throughout and Tom Eastman putting in a strong display in the centre of defence.

Wickham netted the opener on 24 minutes when he lapsed onto a defensive error and fired low under Tranmere keeper Joe Collister from 12 yards.

He had a chance to double the lead on 51 minutes when racing on to a through ball, but Collister did well to palm his angled shot away.

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However, two minutes later Town did score their second. A quickly-taken free kick by David Cawley found Josh Carson in space and his powerful drive went under the wall and straight past Collister.

Mirko Ranieri kept out a long range Tranmere shot on 72 minutes, the closest the home side came to denying Ipswich a clean sheet.

Wickham, who was later booked for time-wasting, saw two more shots blocked, while Carson came close to a second with a fierce effort from outside the area that was well saved.

Ipswich: Ranieri, Bennett, Dunbar (McKeown 30), Meekings, Eastman, Hyam, Clark (Brandon 72), Cawley, Wickham, Lavery (Butcher 81), Carson. Substitutes not