Cutbush at the double as Town ease through in FA Youth Cup

Alfie Cutbush celebrates his goal against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup at Portman Road Pictur

Alfie Cutbush celebrates his goal against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup at Portman Road Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town’s Baby Blues booked their place in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup with an impressive 4-1 win over Southend United at Portman Road this afternoon.

Strikes from Harley Curtis, Liam Gibbs and Alfie Cutbush put Town 3-0 up, before Ergis Shala pulled one back for the Shrimpers on the stroke of half-time.

That’s how it stayed for most of the the second half, before Cutbush struck again with three minutes left to seal the win.

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Blues took the lead after six minutes through Curtis, who spun his marker and finished low into the bottom corner.

Liam Gibbs is congraulated for his goal against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup Picture: Ross Ha

Liam Gibbs is congraulated for his goal against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup Picture: Ross Halls - Credit: Archant

Town doubled their lead on 12 minutes thanks to a brilliantly worked team goal that was finished off calmly by Gibbs.


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On 42 minutes, Cutbush burst through into the area and added a third for Town. The visitors found a way back into the game, with Shala heading home just before the half-time whistle.

Blues had to weather the storm in the second half, with Southend threatening to add a second, but it was Town who prevailed and Cutbush pounced on a mistake to slot home and make sure of Blues’ passage to the next round.

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Liam Gibbs celebrates his goal against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup at Portman Road Picture:

Liam Gibbs celebrates his goal against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup at Portman Road Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

Town starting XI: Bort, Wyss, Armin, Cutbush, Stewart, Baggott, Nwabueze, Chirewa, Curtis, Gibbs, Siziba.

Subs: Ridd, Alexander, Humphreys, Agbaje, Osbourne, Valentine

Town players celebrate Harley Curtis' opening goal against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup at Po

Town players celebrate Harley Curtis' opening goal against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup at Portman Road Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

Tawanda Chirewa in action against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup Picture: Ross Halls

Tawanda Chirewa in action against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup Picture: Ross Halls - Credit: Archant

Elkan Baggott in action against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup Picture: Ross Halls

Elkan Baggott in action against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup Picture: Ross Halls - Credit: Archant

Alfie Cutbush scores his second goal of the game against Southend United Picture: Ross Halls

Alfie Cutbush scores his second goal of the game against Southend United Picture: Ross Halls - Credit: Archant

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