U18s Draw With Pompey
Saturday, 7th Jan 2012 23:37
Town’s U18s conceded a last-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with bottom-of-the-table Portsmouth at a windswept Playford Road on Saturday morning. Goals from Lewis Acott (pictured) and Jack Marriott weren’t enough for Town’s youngsters, who were coached by Gerard Nash with Russell Osman understood to be watching Friday’s FA Youth Cup opponents Burnley in action at Accrington Stanley.
The visitors started brightly and Ashley Harris stooped to head a cross from the right just wide, before Tom Winter flashed an effort across Pompey’s goalmouth soon after.
Winter hit a tame effort at Pompey keeper Matthew Gledhill after being released by a long ball from Jide Maduako, before Marriott shot just wide after finding himself one-on-one with Gledhill.
Byron Lawrence’s cross was headed onto a post by Marriott on 24 before keeper Conor O’Donnell was forced to tip a speculative effort from Liam Trigg over the bar.
Pompey took the lead on 36 minutes when a deep freekick from Harris was headed in by captain Samuel Magri.
With the wind behind them, Town made a good start to the second period and Lawrence teed up Gunnar Thorsteinsson, whose left-foot effort from the edge of the area was destined for the top corner before Trigg diverted it over from underneath the bar.
However, from the resultant corner nine minutes after the restart, Town did get their deserved equaliser. Maduako’s header was cleared off the line but Acott turned and netted his first goal of the season.
On 57 Town took the lead when David October’s cross from the left found its way across the area to Marriott, whose initial effort was blocked but the front man followed up to tuck away the rebound.
Taking the lead seemed to encourage the young Blues to sit back and a host of substitutions from both sides disrupted the flow of the second half.
With six minutes remaining, Town looked to hit the visitors on the break and Jack Simmons broke away on the left before cutting inside and seeing his right-foot shot curl over the bar.
However, Pompey grabbed an equaliser in the 89th minute when a dangerous cross from Jack Maloney on the right was headed into the corner of the net by Dan Thompson, who had been a thorn in Town’s side all game.
A draw was probably a fair result, with both sides creating a number of good chances throughout. Marriott worked well up front and Leddy sprayed the ball around well from the centre of the park, but Town will need to improve when they face a Burnley side who have won their last 12 matches in the Youth Alliance.
U18s: O’Donnell (O’Neil 46), Jones, October, Acott (Meikle 70), Maduako, Thorsteinsson, Winter, Bennett, Marriott (Simmons 62), Lawrence, Leddy. Unused: Tiofack, Scotcher.
Report: James Ager
Get two free £10 bets on Brentford v Ipswich Town (or other matches) by opening a new account at William Hill. Place an initial bet of a minimum of £10 and William Hill will give you two £10 bets. You must enter the promotional code "F20" when signing up as a new customer.
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 192 bloggers
Looking Forward by SpiritOfJohn
Looking forward to the new season? Me too. A couple of weeks ago one hot-footed it down to Portman Road to pick up the Barcelona-esque Town away shirt with a spring in the step. One fully expected to be the sole patron but there was a throng of happy faces weaving in and out of the expansive range of new kit.
Is This Our Year? by akjlitfc
After a bittersweet ending to last season, it's time to consider what may lie ahead for the Superblues.
So, How Have They Done? by GeorgeITFC24
It's been roughly 12 months now since last year's summer signings have been at the club. There have been some great moments from our new players, and equally a few lows! But how well have they done in their debut seasons?
Who's Next Between the Sticks (Or Be Careful What You Wish For)? by MedwayTractor
Having read so many recent comments about our perceived goalkeeping problem, I have put my own thoughts together on this subject.
Norwich Promotion: A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing? by calumberjack
Now I know what you’re thinking but hear me out. Celebrating the promotion of our greatest rivals seems spineless and cowardly, especially as they were the ones that dumped us out of the play-offs, but as I sat watching the second spectacular goal scored by that **** Nathan Redmond, I couldn’t help but ask myself whether this was really such a bad thing.
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]
TWTD.co.uk Story Archive