Triumph for Academy

Ipswich Town's youngsters have won another piece of silverware, writes David Vincent.A youthful U19 squad returned from Holland late on Sunday night having won the annual Doetinchem tournament.

Ipswich Town's youngsters have won another piece of silverware, writes David Vincent.

A youthful U19 squad returned from Holland late on Sunday night having won the annual Doetinchem tournament.

Ipswich hit an impressive 12 goals overall without conceding any after stepping in as a late replacement, by invitation, when a team from the USA dropped out.

They beat FC Twente 1-0 in the final on Sunday.

The tournament, which has been running since the 1970s, had never been won by an English or British team.

Striker Liam Craig was joint top scorer in the tournament, with five goals, and Adem Atay was voted player of the tournament. Other Ipswich goalscorers were Daniel Flack (2), Alfie Kamara (2), Sam Morrow, Erkan Okay and Scott Barron.

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Coach Ian Smith said: "The lads were delighted.

"This is the group that underpinned the likes of Darren Bent and Darren Ambrose in the academy and to have won this, so early in the season, was great for them.

"We were very pleased with their behaviour and the way they handled themselves all tournament.

"It is always good to go abroad and test yourselves against some very good opposition.

"It is all part of their football education and development.

"We won our group with wins of 2-0, 2-0 and 7-0 while FC Twente won theirs 5-1, 1-0 and 3-0 and had a very strong team.

"There were so many pleasing aspects to it and we didn't concede a goal, which doesn't often happen.

"We didn't play quite as well in the final as we had in the group but always looked comfortable and in charge. We scored midway through the second half."

The tournament was for boys born in 1984 and the Ipswich side was much younger than most, having only one player who was born that year and the others all younger.

Ipswich squad: Peat, Hogg, Okay, Morrow, Atay, Barron, Flack, Manning, Mitchell, Nash, Sobolewski, Craig, Krause, Lordan, Croll, Knights and Kamara.

n It is a busy week for the younger Town players. On Thursday they have an U19 friendly against Liverpool at the training centre, 2pm kick-off.

And on Sunday there is an academy/reserve game against Paul Mariner's visiting Harvard University side, kick-off 10am.

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