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Haynes in for Clarke?
Haynes in for Clarke?
Monday, 18th Apr 2005 14:41

Town's U18s travel to Southampton tonight for the first leg of the club's first FA Youth final for 30 years (KO 7.45pm). The Blues will be without striker Billy Clarke who has a knee injury which he sustained late in the second leg of the semi-final with Spurs.

Danny Haynes could come into the attack alongside Darryl Knights in place of Irish U19 international Clarke. Haynes has impressed as a sub for both the U18s and the reserves in recent weeks.

Another option may be to bring in Charlie Sheringham, the son of former England star Teddy, a regular at the Blues' FA Youth Cup matches this season despite his son's fleeting appearances.

James Krause, a sub in the semi-final at Spurs, may start ahead of Sammy Moore with Michael Synnott switching to right-back, but the Blues are likely to be otherwise unchanged.

Southampton are favourites to win the Youth Cup for the first time, the Blues having been victorious in 1973 and 1975. The Saints have already won their FA Premier Academy League group in which the Blues are fifth, although, with Town's senior squad small, many U18 players have become regulars in the reserves and as a consequence have not always been involved in Academy matches.

The Saints' youngsters defeated Town twice in the league. Back in October a Craig Richards goal gave the Saints a 1-0 win at Playford Road, while at Southampton in March, Nathan Dyer and Tim Sparv scored twice as the home side came from behind to defeat the Blues again, midfielder Fraser Beveridge having netted early on for Town.

Southampton's most well-known U18 player is Leon Best who has made five senior appearances for the Saints and was on loan at QPR earlier in the season, making five appearances in the Championship.

In defender Martin Cranie the Saints also have England's U18 captain, while striker David McGoldrick cost the Hampshire club a fee when they took him from Notts County where he had made four senior appearances as a 16-year-old.

Admission to the St Mary's Stadium is £5 for adults and £1 for concessions (under-18s and senior citizens) via turnstiles, with seating unreserved. Sky Sports One are showing the game live, kick-off 7.45pm.

The second leg is at Portman Road is on Friday with tickets initially on sale in the Cobbold Stand and seating unreserved.

Tickets are available from the club shops for personal callers and via the Ticket Office by phone. Cash turnstiles will also be in operation on the night of the game, although at the semi-final those paying on the night faced lengthy queues.

Town are charging are £8 for adults and concessions, and £1 for under-16s. The second leg is on Sky Sports Three, kick-off 7.45pm.

Town probable line-up: Supple, Synnott, Krause, Trotter, Collins, Casement, Lordan, Knights, Haynes, Garvan, Craig.

Saints probable line-up: McNeil, Richards, Cranie, Rudd, Wallis-Tayler, Walcott, Sparv, James, Dyer, McGoldrick, Best.

Town Team Profiles by James Ager

Shane Supple - Goalkeeper
Supple is an Irish goalkeeper who has been on the first team bench as cover for Kelvin Davis this season. He has represented the Republic of Ireland at U15, U16 and U17 levels. He was spotted by Town coaches whilst playing for Home Farm in Ireland.

Michael Synnott – Full-back
Synnott is an Irishman who has represented his country at various youth levels. He was signed from Home Farm in Ireland after being spotted by Joe Martin and Larry Fox. He rejected the chance to join Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic in order to move to Ipswich. Came into the semi-final side at left-back at the last minute after illness to James Krause, having missed previous ties through a knee injuty.

James Krause - Left-back/Central defender
Krause hails from Bury St Edmunds and has represented England at U17 level. He joined Town at the age of 14 after being spotted playing for West Suffolk. Came on as a sub in the semi-final second leg and may keep his place.

Sammy Moore - Right-back
Moore was signed by Chelsea from Charlton for a £20,000 fee at the age of just 15. Chelsea then released him and Town snapped him up. He is a real joker, and his brother Jason used to be a pro on the books of West Ham. He has represented England at youth level. Collided with a post at Spurs and could drop to the bench for the final.

Chris Casement - Central defender
Casement is a strong and solid centre-back who has represented Northern Ireland at U15, U16 and U17 levels. He is the captain of the Northern Ireland youth side and he shares the captaincy at Ipswich with Liam Craig.

Aidan Collins - Central defender
Collins made his first team debut as a 16-year-old at the end of the 03/04 season as a late substitute at Derby County. He was also an unused sub in the win at Walsall last season. He has suffered a number of injuries in previous seasons, but he is making a real push for Joe Royle's first team squad. He scored Town's second goal in the last FA Youth Cup match at Colchester United.

Liam Trotter - Midfielder
Trotter was spotted whilst playing for local side Woodbridge Town earlier this season. The tall midfielder prefers to play in the centre. He is a local lad who was educated at Northgate High School and his favourite player is Thierry Henry. Scored in both legs of the semi-final.

Owen Garvan - Midfielder
Garvan is an Irish midfielder who has made quite a few reserve team appearances this season. He was an unused sub in the match against Brighton at Portman Road earlier this season and has represented the Republic of Ireland at U15, U16 and U17 levels. He turned down the chance to join Celtic, Fulham and Nottingham Forest to sign for Town. His dad was his team manager from U8 level through to U16.

Cathal Lordan - Midfielder
Lordan was spotted by Town scout Paul Doyle, who persuaded him to join Ipswich. Another Irishman who has represented his country at U13 level all the way to U18 level, he is the youngest of five children and he can play anywhere across midfield. He scored in the FA Youth Cup victory over Aston Villa at Portman Road.

Billy Clarke - Striker
Clarke is a feisty striker who joined Town at the age of 15 after being spotted by Malcolm Moore whilst playing for Maymount in Ireland. Aston Villa, Leicester City, Southampton and Everton all showed an interest in him, but he decided to join Town. He was put on standby for the senior match at Wigan earlier this season and given the number 24 shirt. He has also represented the Republic of Ireland at U15 to U19 levels. He has scored in four of the five FA Youth Cup matches so far this season, including the second in the semi-final first leg. A knee injury sustained late in the second leg will keep him out of the final.

Darryl Knights - Striker
Knights is a local lad who has played for England at U16 and U17 levels. He joined Ipswich at U9 level. He can drop back into a wide midfield position, but he prefers to play up front. He scored two goals in the 5-0 demolition of Colchester United in the last round.

Charlie Sheringham - Striker
Sheringham is the son of former England striker Teddy Sheringham, who watches his son in action as much as he can. He achieved fantastic GCSE results, which could have helped him to pursue any kind of career, but he always dreamed of being a footballer. His only Town goal so far came in the 4-0 league victory over West Ham. Could replace Clarke up front in the final.

Liam Craig - Midfielder
Craig is a left-footed midfielder who can also play at left-back. The Scotsman shares the captain's responsibility with Chris Casement. Craig has represented Scotland at U13 and U17 levels. He rejected the chance to join a Scottish club in order to play for Town. He sent the Blues through in the FA Youth Cup match at Stoke with two goals. He also scored against Colchester.

Jack Haverson - Defender
Haverson was signed from Fulham in the summer when he was 16. He is a tall defender who usually starts on the bench for Town's U18 side. His dad, Paul is the chief scout at West Ham United.

Andy Reynolds - Goalkeeper
Canadian-born Reynolds is on trial from Ridgeons League Premier Division side Lowestoft Town. The 17-year-old made his debut for the Town U18s in the recent 2-1 FA Premier Academy League win at the MK Dons.

Danny Haynes – Striker/midfielder
Haynes was released by Charlton Athletic in the summer. He had a trial period with Norwich City, but he decided to join Town. He is a strong lad and he never lacks commitment. He recently made his first substitute appearance at reserve team level. He scored in extra-time to send Town through against Portsmouth at Portman Road.

Fraser Beveridge - Midfielder
Beveridge is a Scottish midfielder, who prefers to sit just in front of the back four. Born in Dunfermline, his father, Danny, used to play for Dunfermline and Hearts. He scored for his school in the final of the Scottish Schools Cup and that, along with a 2-1 win after extra time at Leeds last season, was his best moment in football so far. Has been told he will not be offered a deal at the end of the season.

Blair Hammond - Striker
Another local lad who helped Stoke High School to win a National Schools Competition in Year 11. He joined the Academy at U14 level, but he has received a few injuries so far this season. He had absolutely no hesitation in joining Town's Academy and is a natural goalscorer. He has only scored three league goals this season.

Route To The Final

Vs Portsmouth (H - Third round)

3-2 (aet) - James Krause, Bully Clarke, Danny Haynes
Town: Supple, Synnott, Krause, Beveridge (Trotter 63), Collins, Casement, Lordan, Garvan, Clarke (Haynes 74), Knights (Sheringham 105), Craig. Unused subs: Moore, Ainsley.

Vs Stoke City (H - Fourth round)
2-1 (aet) - Liam Craig (2, 1 pen)
Town: Supple, Moore, Krause, Casement, Collins, Beveridge, Garvan, Lordan, Clarke, Craig, Knights. Subs: Haverson, Ainsley, Trotter, Sheringham, Haynes.

Vs Aston Villa (H - Fifth round)
3-1 - Liam Craig, Cathal Lordan, Billy Clarke
Town: Supple, Moore, Ainsley, Beveridge (Trotter 70), Collins, Krause, Lordan (Haynes 72), Knights, Clarke, Garvan, Craig. Unused subs: Blackmore, Sheringham, Hammond.

Vs Colchester United (A - Sixth round)
5-0 - Darryl Knights (2), Aidan Collins, Liam Craig, Billy Clarke
Town: Supple, Moore, Krause, Trotter (Beveridge 77), Casement, Collins, Lordan (Haynes 77), Garvan, Clarke (Sheringham 87), Knights, Craig. Unused subs: Ainsley, Hammond.

Vs Tottenham (H – Semi-final first leg)
2-0 – Liam Trotter, Billy Clarke.
Town: Supple, Moore, Synnott, Trotter, Collins, Casement, Lordan, Knights, Clarke, Garvan, Craig. Unused: Hammond, Reynolds, Ainsley, Sheringham, Haynes.

Vs Tottenham (A – Semi-final second leg)
2-1 – Liam Trotter, Aidan Collins.
Town: Supple, Moore (Krause 67), Synnott, Trotter, Collins, Casement, Lordan (Haynes 68), Knights, Clarke (Sheringham 87), Garvan, Craig. Unused: Reynolds, Haverson.

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