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Last-minute winner for academy side

PUBLISHED: 22:44 23 February 2003 | UPDATED: 16:18 24 February 2010

Ipswich Town U19 2

Chelsea U19 1



Town's youngsters grabbed a last-minute win against a tenacious Chelsea side after the visitors had battled back to equalise.

Ipswich Town U19 2

Chelsea U19 1

Town's youngsters grabbed a last-minute win against a tenacious Chelsea side after the visitors had battled back to equalise.

As the clock ticked down Chris Hogg found substitute Scott Barron with a diagonal pass, he fed another substitute Liam Craig on the overlap and his pinpoint cross from the left wing found Antonio Murray in the centre to head past keeper Arran Lee-Barrett in the Chelsea goal.

Chelsea had the better of the second 45 but had made few clear chances.

Big centre-half Steven Watt headed home from a corner. He had served warning when Scott Peat had to palm his first effort, from a free-kick, behind.

Ipswich might have been home and dry by then.

They did have the best chance of the second half when Matt Robinson cut in from the right wing and beat everyone between him and goal only to drag his shot past the post.

Town dominated the first half and Bowditch, man of the match Sam Morrow and Antonio Murray all went close to opening the scoring.

The only goal came when Lee Beevers attacked Matt Robinson's right-side corner and flicked it on for full-back Scott Mitchell to score at the far post.

After 40 minutes Town took the lead through Scott Mitchell and, as the half came to an end, Dean Bowditch went on a powerful run, leaving defenders behind him, but shot just too high.

Academy director Bryan Klug said: "We played very well in the first half and should have been further than a single goal ahead.

"We were a bit sloppy at the start of the second half but I thought it was a fair result. It was a great winning goal and we have been hit by a few late goals so it was good to get one."

Ipswich: Peat, Mitchell, Chaffey, Beevers, Hogg, Boardley, Okay, Murray, Morrow, Bowditch, Robinson, subs used Barron, Craig.


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