Reserves Exit Suffolk Premier Cup Tuesday, 8th Jan 2013 22:00
Town's reserves were dumped out of the Suffolk Premier Cup via a 2-1 defeat at Felixstowe and Walton on Tuesday night in front of watching boss Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor. Josh Carson netted late on for the Blues after Arran Sheppard and Andy Crump had given the home side the lead.
On a bumpy pitch, Jack Marriott was first to test home keeper Danny Crump with a low effort from 25 yards that was gathered at the second attempt.
The Seasiders took a surprise lead three minutes later. Remi Garrett's free kick from the right was glanced past a helpless Arran Lee-Barrett by Arran Sheppard.
Nathan Szyszlyk fired a low shot from 20 yards inches wide before Marriott again forced Crump into a good block at his near post.
As the half-time whistle approached, Byron Lawrence's effort was fumbled by Crump but Ronan Murray toe-poked the rebound just wide.
Town's first chance of the second period fell to Marriott from Kyle Hammond's pull back, but the striker's effort was blocked by Dan Davis.
Despite enjoying plenty of possession, Mark Kennedy's side conceded a second goal on 57 minutes. A corner from the right wasn't cleared and despite Lawrence's best efforts, Andy Crump tucked the ball home at the back post.
Town continued to dominate possession but the home defence stood firm and denied the visitors any clear cut chances.
Josh Carson did grab a consolation in the final minute when he fired home a free kick from 20 yards, but Town couldn't grab an equaliser in stoppage time and the final whistle was greeted by a pitch invasion by home fans.
The poor pitch certainly didn't help Town's passing game, but no player really stamped their authority on the game.
Recent signing Tyrone Mings, playing at centre-half with Joe Whight at left-back, was a vocal presence and looked assured throughout.
New signing Mings
With little service, strikers Murray and Marriott were forced to settle for half-chances by a solid home backline.
Out of the players who played last night I would say Mings and Whight were out best performers, the problem was that our team was literally too small against F&W hence conceding the 1st goal. Felixstowe did defend well and hats off to them.
Agree with the people who said our number 4 was shocking
Town totally outplayed by a hardworking Felixstowe team, and thought it disgusting that the whole Ipswich team(and staff) left straight afterwards despite the fact that Felixstowe had gone to alot of trouble to lay hot food and refreshments on, Poor loosers??
Stuartbrett9- cant fully answer your question I too thought he was a LB but since the rest of the team were relatively small (as noted by hodgie) probably played in centre to give us some height there. Could also be that MM wanted to see if he could become a CB. As most say Ainsley was atrocious so we shouldn't count on him if we have centre back problems
Would have definitely of gone to this if wasn't away at Uni. Nice match report but simply not good enough from youngsters who should want to be impressing the boss. Hope they took it as serious as Felixstowe.
Think some are going a bit over the top on this. Our u18's have beaten chelsea our u21's beat spurs so i dont think its that bad!! Shouldnt blame the pitch but im confident if they replayed at bent lane the result would of gone the other way. Well done Felix & Walton though take nothing away from them they played to there strengths and deserved to win, it will be a good lesson for the younger players but as for ainsley carson and murray i would of hoped for more from them to be honest.Not the end of the world.
one reader says "It's just a shame that the Ipswich Town players & officials left straight after the match & didn't accept any hospitality ! Manners cost nothing & this certainly taints the image of the club. Just because they were beaten rather too easily perhaps for the managements liking !" Shame this happened last night