Town youngsters face Man United

Ipswich Town U17s play their second end-of-season play-off group game tomorrow when they take on Manchester United at the Ipswich Town Training Centre, Playford Road, Rushmere (11am kick off), writes David Vincent.

Ipswich Town U17s play their second end-of-season play-off group game tomorrow when they take on Manchester United at the Ipswich Town Training Centre, Playford Road, Rushmere (11am kick off), writes David Vincent.

The United kids finished second in their league over the season, to local rivals Man City.

And Brazilian coach Francisco Filho's side suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in their first play-off fixture.

Town's first U17 play-off fixture was a visit to Derby which ended 1-1. Midfielder Daniel Flack scored the Ipswich goal and the visitors missed a host of other chances.


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On Saturday Ipswich academy director Bryan Klug was at Charlton Athletic when United (Under-18s) drew 1-1 in their FA Youth Cup semi-final first leg at The Valley in front of a 9,000 crowd. Some of those players may be eligible for the Reds U17s tomorrow.

Klug said: "Manchester United are a pretty decent side and are bound to be a big test for us.

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"We saw the under-18s at Charlton and their deserved their 1-1 draw which they take into their home leg next week.

"It may be some of those players will feature against us. We know they are a good side on their record over the season.

"It will be another big day for our youngsters."

These Ipswich U17s are moving between their own age level games, U19 and reserve fixtures and so the coaching staff will be careful so as not to over-stretch them.

Likely Ipswich Town squad: Croll, Synott, Krause, Nash, Mitchell, Manning, Flack, Atay, Barron, Reid, Craig, Collins, Sobolewski, Ainslie and Hammond.

Manchester United: Heaton, Picken, Eckersley, Howard, McShane, Hogg, Rose, Flanagan, Campbell, Nevins, Ebanks-Blake, Calliste, Port, Marsh and Crockett.

n Town's Under-19 and reserve team defender Lee Chaffey might be playing in Europe later this year.

Left-footed centre-half or full-back Chaffey, who is being released at the end of the season, went to Wales last week to have a trial game for Welsh Premier League championship leaders TNS Llantsantffraid and they have invited him back.

If Chaffey does join the Total Network Solutions-backed village team he could find himself playing in the UEFA Cup for them next season.

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