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Rowe on Target as U23s Beat Barnsley
Monday, 11th Sep 2017 20:54

Goals from Danny Rowe, Ben Folami and Conor McKendry saw Town’s U23s to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Barnsley at Portman Road.

Following a pre-match torrential cloudburst, the young Blues started brightly with Shane McLoughlin whipping over a second-minute cross towards strike pair Ben Morris and Folami but Barnsley keeper Jack Walton was able to claim.

Town continued to dominate but didn’t create a serious chance until the 12th minute when Rowe put them in front with a stunning strike.

Tom Adeyemi, playing his third U23s game as he works towards full match fitness, found McLoughlin in space midway inside the Tykes half and fed Rowe on the right. The former Macclesfield man cut inside before smashing an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net from just outside the box.

Barnsley hit their first shot in the 21st minute, however Josh Kay’s effort from distance having made the most of some hesitancy in the Town midfield flew high and wide.

Two minutes later, McLoughlin wasn’t far away from making it 2-0 after being threaded in on the right of the area by James Blanchfield, but the Irish U18 international shot across the face of goal from a tight angle.

Moments later, Folami cut the ball back from the byline on the right to Adeyemi, but his low drive from the edge of the box was too close to Tykes keeper and skipper Walton.

On 27 Pat Webber was booked for a foul on Dylan Mottley-Henry, then in the aftermath of the freekick Kay shot over from 20 yards.

Within seconds Town went close again when Rowe crossed from the right but Folami was unable to direct the ball goalwards from a tight angle at the far post.

Barnsley had won a succession of freekicks in dangerous positions throughout the half and on the half-hour mark Kay whipped across a dangerous ball from the left which flew across the edge of the six-yard box with Robbie Miller just unable to add the final touch.

In the 38th minute Kay felled Rowe five yards outside the area with the winger in fill flight after being sent away by a Gerken throw. Morris rather wasted the freekick, curling it deep into the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand.

Town were deservedly in front at the break having controlled the half for the most part and might well have been more than the single goal in front. Barnsley’s greatest threat had come from set pieces.

Blues keeper Gerken was forced into action soon after the restart, saving sharply to his right from Matthew Wolfe’s snap-shot inside the area. Louis Rowe scuffed the rebound and Gerken claimed comfortably.

Town again came close to their second goal in the 48th minute when Chris Smith headed Blanchfield’s left-sided corner just wide at the far post.

But the Blues finally doubled their lead in the 54th minute via Folami’s fourth U23s goal of the season.

After excellent work on the left from McLoughlin and Blanchfield, the Australian cut into the area from the left and hit a low right-footed shot into the net off the inside of Walton’s left post.

Just before the hour, Kay struck a 35-yard freekick straight at Gerken, then at the other end Rowe rifled a shot at Walton after McLoughlin’s pacy run down the left and cross. On 65 the 25-year-old winger sent a freekick from 25 yards out well over

Rhys Dolan headed wide for the South Yorkshiremen on 76 moments before being replaced by Kane Swinburn.

Two minutes later, the Tykes should have pulled a goal back. A cross from the right caught a number of players on the way over before reaching Amir Berkouits eight yards out. But, with Gerken coming off his line quickly, the striker blazed over.

As the Blues keeper prepared to take the goal-kick right-back Dylan Crowe, making his second U23s appearance, was replaced by Corey Ndaba.

Moments later Town should have made it 3-0. Morris’s cross from the right was too far in front of Folami but reached McLoughlin at the far post but the Irishman slid in ahead of the ball and it hit him and bounced away from the open goal.

Adeyemi made way in the 83rd minute having got more valuable minutes under his belt and having put in a solid display in the centre of midfield, making one or two breaks into the penalty area to join in with attacks.

The former Cardiff man, who was watched by manager Mick McCarthy and his assistant Terry Connor from the stands, could well now be in line for his first senior start for the Blues against Bolton at the weekend.

McKendry came on at left midfield with McLoughlin having moved to right-back and Ndaba at left-back with Webber also making way having suffered an injury. French first-year scholar Lounes Foudil came on for his U23s debut in central midfield.

With a minute and a half remaining sub McKendry worked his way into the penalty area from the left-hand side and feinted to shoot before tucking a low shot beyond Walton and into the far corner of the net.

The final whistle went soon afterwards to confirm a comfortable victory for Gerard Nash’s side, who have now won three in a row and four of their first five league games.

U23s: Gerken, D Crowe (Ndaba 79), Webber (Foudil 84), Adeyemi (McKendry 83), Woolfenden, C Smith, Rowe, Blanchfield, Folami, Morris, McLoughlin. Unused: M Crowe, Patterson.

Barnsley: Walton (c), Wardle, Dolan (Swinburn 76), Wolfe, Fielding, Miller, Mottley-Henry, Kay, Rowe (Greatorex 62), Berkouits, Williams. Unused: Tingle, Ocran, Clarke.

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Mark added 21:03 - Sep 11
It is pleasing to read how well the U23s are doing and it sounds like players are using the opportunity to knock on the door of the first team. Great goal, Danny Rowe. Could he and Celina be worth starting to give us natural width? Another goal, Ben Folami. Keep putting the ball in the net and maybe he could be worth a try on the first team bench at some point?

Ipswichbusiness added 21:54 - Sep 11
We could play some of them, but we'll just get Skuse.

Pilgrimblue added 22:57 - Sep 11
No exSkuse not to play him. Midfield need to make more attacking threat so Skuse must make way.
Rowe looks a real handfull shame he wasn't given a chance at QPR

KiwiBlue2 added 00:17 - Sep 12
It is great to see the progress being made by this side and certain individuals in it. I have always liked the sound of Rowe and hope that he can get more first team opportunities notwithstanding the form starting to be shown by Celina. Great also to see Folami netting regularly.

yungblue added 00:27 - Sep 12
Danny Rowe and Celina must watch the games week in week out and see two central strikers fill their natural wide positions and just think, wtf is going on here 😂😂

bobble added 00:53 - Sep 12
Ben Folami deserves a game or 2 against syria

midastouch added 01:31 - Sep 12
Well impressed with those goals. Nice trickery for the 3rd goal. That's the first I've seen of McKendry and if that goal is anything to go by we could have one to watch out for (fingers crossed). Would love to see Rowe and Celina in the first team, that would be a serious injection of pace that would most likely give opposition defenders some big headaches. Folami deserves a spot on the bench asap. I'd be more than happy to see him given a run out from the bench in the right circumstances. Remember when Utd put Rashford in their first team and didn't stop scoring. It can happen! You just don't know unless you try! The U23s have really kicked on this season and if they aren't rewarded with first team opportunities it will be a great shame.

midastouch added 01:37 - Sep 12
And never mind Warnock for manager of the month, how about Gerard Nash! :-) The way he's going I wouldn't mind seeing him promoted when Mick finally retires although that might be postponed even further now as Irma might have blown his Florida holiday home somewhere into the Atlantic!

dirtydingusmagee added 09:43 - Sep 12
we seem to have the players to do a good job, but I'm afraid the weakest link is McCarthy, he has a stubborn reluctance to 'go for it'' and is holding players back , even players out on loan having been given little opportunity to prove themselves are doing well, [ I know at lower level] The manager needs to shape up before we start the usual slide in wrong direction.

ThailandBlue added 10:20 - Sep 12
Folami is going to be a great little player.

PortmanTerrorist added 10:31 - Sep 12
Some good football and good goals, but the style of play, as with all the Junior age groups, is at odds with MM style in the Championship. Surely it has an impact on the Juniors to see the negative approach of the first team and wonder what they are being groomed for with all their pass and move football guided by Klug. Move Mick upstairs and let Klug run ALL football at ITFC, now that would be progressive !

Returning from fantasy land....what is going on with Monty Patterson. Solid displays for NZ and pre-season but seemingly going backwards in Mick's eyes and only outfield unused sub last night. Anyone know if any issues (attitude), injuries etc ?

Corrick91 added 11:43 - Sep 12
Down arrow me all you want, but fans on this website are actual half spuds. Literally two games ago "the club is back" "mick is turning it around" "Mick has signed some strong players" "skuse is playing well without douglas"..... two losses and now it's the same Mick out rubbish and skuse is league 2 worthy.
Have a long hard look and how pathetic most of you actually sound. If you're Mick out, fine but don't change your mind every week.

Bluetone added 12:36 - Sep 12
@midastouch quote " Remember when Utd put Rashford in their first team and didn't stop scoring" If we had a similar talent at Portman Road he would still be languishing in the under 23s at best.

cat added 13:10 - Sep 12
Corrick91 - agree to your point about a few posters changing opinions etc, personally, I dont care what posters opinions are, but some are just laughable, not forgetting fickle. I'm McCarthy out, always have been, always will be. MM's got nothing but utter contempt for us fans, anyone thinking he's going to change anything are deluded.

BTW - it's always a good thing to name posters who pish you off, for whatever reason, if not, you end up generalising, theirs are many different types on here.

It's great to see the likes of Rowe for example catching the eye, unfortunately with McCarthy it will always be the case of more 'graft' than 'craft', so unless you work your socks off, chase the ball down & track back, you won't get a sustainable run of games, as with our 'style' of play (if that's the right word for it lol) it's unlikely we will dominate possession or play attractive football.

carsey added 23:17 - Sep 12
Corrick91 I never have been a fan of McCarthy and never will be. I have his sarcasm I have his so called sense of humour I have the way he dismisses the opinions of the fans but most of all I have the way he insists on playing out dated football.
Ipswich Town have a history of playing entertaining attacking adventurous football and that is what I would like to see again.
They have a history of giving opportunity to young up and coming players but he will never do that.
I want McCarthy to clear off back to Yorkshire.

Corrick91 added 00:15 - Sep 13
Blue Machines - I've private messaged you on the subject.

Peanutblue1980 added 09:37 - Sep 13
First team beckons for some!! All round Great performance and creaking goals!!! Hopefully the same against Bolton. COYB 😎👍

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