Town through to final
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Ipswich Town 2(Ipswich won 4-1 on aggregate)Ipswich Town kids have earned one of their biggest occasions in 30 years when they take on Southampton in a two-game FA Youth Cup Final next week.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Ipswich Town 2
(Ipswich won 4-1 on aggregate)
Ipswich Town kids have earned one of their biggest occasions in 30 years when they take on Southampton in a two-game FA Youth Cup Final next week.
Their success in winning at White Hart Lane last night, beating Spurs 4-1 on aggregate, has spared Bryan Klug the agony of running in the London marathon on Sunday.
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Now Klug will be training the Ipswich squad instead ahead of Monday's first leg of the final.
There was a late blow for Town in London when livewire striker Billy Clarke was carried off the pitch after the latest of several heavy challenges.
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Town's fitness staff will be working hard to get Clarke fit, but at first sight his knee injury is not promising.
Clarke tormented the Spurs defenders all night, drawing free-kicks in dangerous positions, and Town scored their second goal from a bullet header by Aiden Collins after a foul on Clarke.
Spurs fan Collins, from Chelmsford, buried the header into the goal in front of the stands where he used to have a season ticket.
Collins said: “We are absolutely buzzing. It was a great cross by Liam Craig, we worked out some hand signals in training for when I was going to run to the far or near post. I just had to head it in. Unfortunately my parents are on a skiing holiday so they didn't see it.”
Skipper Craig added: “This is absolutely brilliant. We knew Tottenham would play very well here and we showed great character to come from a goal down to win it.”
Klug added: “It is a great achievement to get to the FA Youth Cup final again. We wanted to win at White Hart Lane. It was a very tough match today. I thought that Tottenham played very well.
“Although we played well at times they knocked us out of our stride. The response when we went a goal down was superb to get the equaliser so quickly. It was a bonus to get the winner. We have got a busy few days ahead now. First we have got to get Saturday's match called off.”