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U18s Report: Ipswich Town 3-0 Palace

19 April 2017

Paddy McCarthy’s academy side finished the campaign in third spot in the U18s Professional Development League despite a poor first half costing them dearly in Suffolk.

The Tractor Boys netted three times before the break to condemn the Eagles to defeat in their final encounter of the season, however they can be pleased that despite a change in manager and a host of opportunities given to some of the club’s under-15s and under-16s in recent months, they still managed to claim a highly respectable bronze medal spot in the table.

However McCarthy won’t have been happy with the final outing of the campaign, which saw his team trail early on when a poor clearance by Oliver Webber allowed Ben Morris to receive possession and finish past the Eagles keeper, and things went from bad to worse around the half-hour mark when a free-kick by the same man was deflected wide for a corner, and after the Eagles failed to clear their lines inside the area, midfielder Flynn Downes tucked the ball home.

Not long after that, it was virtually game over when Town added a third from the penalty spot when Connor McKendry was brought down inside the box, and despite the best efforts of Webber the winger found the net from 12 yards to put the hosts into a commanding lead at the break.

Playing for pride, Palace put in a better display after the interval with the introductions of Jayden Onen and Giovanni McGregor helping things improve. The visitors managed to keep their opponents off the scoresheet for the remainder of the game, but it would prove to be a routine win for Ipswich despite ending the game with 10 men when goalscorer Morris was dismissed for a second bookable offence midway through the second half.

However they held firm to finish their campaign one spot behind the Eagles, who showed some good form following the turn of the year which will give McCarthy plenty of optimism during the summer as he plans for next season.

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