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TOWN U18S 3 PALACE 0

Posted: Wed 19 Apr 2017
Author: Jacob Henderson

Blues finish the season on a winning note

Blues made it three wins on the bounce courtesy of three first-half strikes to close out the season in style.

Alan Lee’s U18s put on a fine display in a comfortable home victory over Crystal Palace.

Ipswich enjoyed some good possession in the opening stages, and almost took the lead after a fine move nearly resulted in Ben Morris latching on to a dangerous cross.

Despite Town’s impressive football, it was a Palace error that led to the deadlock being broken. Morris collected a loose clearance from the 'keeper before setting himself and firing into the bottom corner.

Town doubled their advantage just after the half hour mark. A low free-kick from Morris was pushed behind, and the resulting corner led to pinball in the Palace area, the ball eventually being stabbed home by Flynn Downes.

Moments later it was three. Connor McKendry latched on to a through ball and surged into the Palace area before being brought down. McKendry stepped up and converted the penalty despite the 'keeper getting a touch.

Town came out firing after the restart and could have netted a fourth but for a good save from the Palace 'keeper. Ben Folami was played in by McKendry but his low drive was stopped well.

Less than two minutes later Folami had his second chance of the game. A fine Ipswich move saw the striker gather a Brett McGavin pass but he blazed over.

The Eagles nearly clawed one back when Town 'keeper Nick Hayes misjudged a looping free kick, fortunately for him though it dropped inches wide.

With just over 20 minutes remaining Blues were reduced to 10 men, when Downes was sent-off after receiving a second booking for a push on an opponent.

But Town saw the game out well and collected all three points at Playford Road, leaving Lee's team fourth in the Professional Development League Two table.