Ipswich Valley Rangers’ joint-managers delighted to progress into Senior Cup final

Paul Tietjen (left) and Paul Hadley

Paul Tietjen (left) and Paul Hadley - Credit: Archant

Proud Ipswich Valley Rangers joint-managers Paul Tietjen and Paul Hadley cut delighted figures at the end of Saturday’s semi-final win against Debenham LC.

Deserved 2-1 winners, IVR, who sit sixth in the Touchline SIL Senior Division, reached the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup for the first-ever time.

“I think 2-1 was possibly closer than it should have been, but we’re delighted with the win,” said Tietjen.

“I think the two-goal cushion at half-time gave us a good platform to go into the second half knowing that Debenham were going to have to throw everything at us.”

In truth, Debenham, who scored a penalty moments into the second period, never really tested IVR goalkeeper Lewis Higgins, Rangers being able to progress thanks to goals from Munro Laflin and Jon Ince.

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“I think Munro settled us down and it was really good for him because bizarrely, this was his first for about seven months, and in such a big game,” Tietjen continued.

“He’s come in and he’s got that all-important goal. For the 60-odd minutes he was on the pitch, I thought he acquitted himself very well.

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“Incey is certainly claiming the second goal – I don’t know how many goals he’s scored in his career, but I suspect he’s probably doubled his figure although Sam (Taylor) is claiming he brushed it as he ran across the goalkeeper.”

Hadley added: “Everyone’s really chuffed, especially all the people behind the scenes who have strived to achieve getting into a prestigious cup final like this one.

“We’d like to go on and win it.

“It would be a great achievement for the club and players.”

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