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Report: City U18s 3-0 Ipswich Town U18s

A brilliant display from City Under-18s saw them comfortably beat Ipswich Town 3-0 on Saturday (February 16th) afternoon.

First-half goals came through Prince Henry, as well as an own goal from an Ipswich defender.

Bradley Webb, who played a key role in City’s opener, added the third in the second half.

City had chances to add further goals through Tommy Conway and Will Gould, but could only beat the Ipswich goalkeeper on three occasions.

The game’s first couple chances both came through City throw-ins. Sam Larkin’s long throws caused havoc in the Ipswich area on more than one occasion, with Thierry Swaby having an effort blocked, and then hitting the post.

Just after the 20 minute mark, City would be in front. Webb beat a defender with a great step-over, and whipped a ball across the face of goal. An Ipswich defender couldn’t deal with it, and diverted the ball into his own net.

City’s opener saw the away side spark into life and called Lochlan Robertson into action for the first time. Tyreece Simpson was one-on-one with the City goalkeeper, but he produced a brilliant save to deny the forward.

The closest that Ipswich would come to an equaliser came through Dylan Ruffles, whose effort was narrowly wide of the post.

Ipswich were punished for not taking their chances moments before half time, as James Taylor did brilliantly to intercept a pass, and found Henry, who had the easy task of firing in for 2-0.

And within six minutes of the restart, City would have their third. After some good passing from a number of City players, Henry released Webb, who cut inside and fired goalward. His effort looked to be heading in, with an Ipswich defender failing to clear the ball from the line.

Ruffles, again, threatened for Ipswich. His shot forced Robertson into another big save, however.

Webb, who created one and scored another, came close to adding another goal for City. He wriggled away from his marker, but saw his effort deflect over the crossbar.

As the game started to reach its conclusion, City had a couple of chances to add to the scoreline. First, Tommy Conway put his shot narrowly wide, before a long-range effort from Will Gould forced the goalkeeper into a smart save.

The Under-18s are back in action on Saturday (February 23rd), as they travel to Colchester United.

City Under-18s: Robertson, James Taylor, Webb (Allen), Lott, Larkin, Pearson, Gould, Williams, Henry (Conway), Jamie Taylor, Swaby (Day). Unused subs: Buse, Benarous.

Words: Ryan Payne