luton 0-2 ipswich
McGoldrick Seals the Deal In a Promising Town Performance
David McGoldrick scores twice in each half to send Ipswich into the second round of the Cabarao Cup, beating League 2 Luton. It wasn’t only the result which caught the eye of many Town fans.
by ethan turner
With a strong starting 11, forceful youngsters and a convincing bench, it was going to be a relatively simple task for the Tractor Boys. It was slow starts from both sides with the hosts coming the closest 22 minutes in. Webster was thankfully able to clear the ball away after a scramble in the Town box. Unfortunately Webster was later substituted at half-time, with an apparent ankle injury. The defender did rupture his ankle ligaments back in January, hopefully it’s only a precaution and nothing too serious. The first half gratefully concluded in Towns favour, with the visitors leading at the break thanks to some brilliant work from Celina, who was able to beat his man.
The Manchester City loanee was than able to pick the perfect pass to set McGoldrick up for his first of the night. Celina contributed to the game magnificently, with some Town fans saying that the forward reminded them of Tom Lawrence.
It wasn’t only Celina who stole the show. Academy youngster Flynn Downes proved that Saturday’s second half performance against Birmingham was no fluke. There’s plenty of hype and excitement surrounding the 18 year old, with Town fans asking for him to start on Saturday’s away trip to Barnsley. Does Downes deserve a starting place? He sure does. Whether Barnsley is the correct match for him is another question.
45 minutes on Saturday, and a full 90 this evening might be enough for Downes at the minute. We don’t want to make the mistake of over-working the youngster or causing him to suffer an injury.
Most recent signing, Martyn Waghorn was also able to enjoy some minutes on the pitch. He outwardly showed a positive contribution to the game, creating two meaningful chances. He also linked up well with McGoldrick, leaving McCarthy plenty to think about come Saturday. Three minutes into the four added on, the game was well and truly over. McGoldrick had his second and more importantly Town had a cup tie win!