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Melbourne Net Late in Seven-Goal Thriller as Town Exit Ultimate Quaran-Team Cup
Monday, 23rd Mar 2020 10:12

Town exited the Ultimate Quaran-Team Cup at the first round stage after a hard-fought 4-3 replay defeat to the Melbourne Victory this morning following a 1-1 draw in the initial tie.

The Blues, represented by Josh Blunden in the FIFA 20 tournament, found themselves behind in the opening half of the first game but Jack Lankester levelled shortly after half-time and there were no further goals in the inaugural Jim Magilton derby, the Portman Road legend having been manager with the Victory during 2012.

Town looked to have the replay won having secured a 3-1 lead midway through the second half - Will Keane, Lankester and James Norwood having been on target - despite Norwood having missed a penalty in the first half at 0-0.

However, the Victory, with Mouad Zwed at the controller, hit back via three late goals, the last in the final minute to progress into round two and crush Town's hopes of silverware.

A gutted Blunden tweeted afterwards: “I am heartbroken as I love this football club with a passion and to represent them was a dream I never thought I would ever have, it is a great honour to play for this football club

“I am really sorry to everyone who I have let down, as I played my heart out to get a result and felt I deserved it.”

The Ultimate Quaran-Team Cup was instigated on social media by Leyton Orient early last week to fill the footballing void. Each of the 128 clubs involved nominating a player or a fan to represent them.

Orient have set up a JustGiving page which now aims to raise £100,000 - the initial target of £50,000 having already been reached - with 75 per cent going to EFL clubs struggling financially due to the season’s suspension and 25 per cent split between Mind and the fight against Covid-19.

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midastouch added 10:16 - Mar 23
It was all going great until Josh subbed on Skuse!
Really good game to watch. When we went 3-1 up thought we were home and dry but the game had a nasty sting in the tail!

Blue_badge added 10:19 - Mar 23
Lambert out !

northernblues added 10:21 - Mar 23
This game is so realistic! Town exit in the 1st round!

Simonds92 added 10:21 - Mar 23
We never win cup games so not a massive shock.

dirtydingusmagee added 10:35 - Mar 23
thats a shame , we normally do well in cup competitions . Never mind .

OriginalMarkyP added 10:40 - Mar 23

StuartBrett8 added 10:43 - Mar 23
Bad luck Josh, Good effort.

Michael101 added 11:02 - Mar 23
Six shots four on target,we hadn't had that all season,well done josh

Terry_Nutkins added 11:07 - Mar 23
I never thought i'd see the day when a match report of fifa would be on hear. Fair play in the circumstances and nice little initiative. But no, not for me haha. "Lankaster levelled"...just not right is it?


Terry_Nutkins added 11:08 - Mar 23
But hard luck Josh and all the best.

UB9Blue added 11:20 - Mar 23
Bad luck Josh, great effort.
So strange to be talking about a virtual game!

Carberry added 12:09 - Mar 23
Good try Josh, hard luck. Look on the bright side now we can concentrate on the league.

blockb_steward added 12:28 - Mar 23
It's no normal, the lads gave me everything etc. lol

Pendejo added 13:24 - Mar 23
Josh don't let that Mr. Lambert affect your tactical decisions in future BOOOOO Clegg out!

nick8 added 13:40 - Mar 23
Useless, just like the club.

IpswichT62OldBoy added 15:17 - Mar 23
Josh, you seem to suggest you have had some abuse about this. I hope that is not the case but if it is then I am really sorry to hear that.
This is a proud moment , to represent your Club is a big deal, kudos.

Ryorry added 16:34 - Mar 23
Oh well, concentrate on the League it is then, as per

bugledog123 added 16:39 - Mar 23
Well done Josh - great work to represent ITFC

Bergholtblue added 19:13 - Mar 23

The lads gave Josh absolutely everything, they gave him everything in their bodies. The lads played a good game, then three chances at the end the opposition scored.

The lads had a lot of the game. Josh can’t ask any more of them today. Today Josh was really proud of them, proud of everybody in the stadium, the fans were great again, staying with us.

I think they saw what we’ve got out there and they saw the commitment, and that’s all you can ever ask for. So today, we lost the game but the performance was good

luckydiddy added 19:27 - Mar 23
Think he must have needed a little bit of help!

Question is why hasn't he talked about all the bigger clubs he has played or trophies he has won previously.

Dissblue added 19:39 - Mar 23
Well that didn't last long!

Was it on Sky?

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