PETERBOROUGH 1-3 iPSWICH tOWN
Ipswich’s fine preseason form continued as Town came from a goal behind to beat Peterborough 3 goals to 1.
by ollie allen
In a pre-season game which was anything but normal, Town played two separate halves of 60 minutes in which two completely different line ups were chosen.
Either half had a small break of five minutes between two 30 minute ‘mini halves’.
Town First-Half XI - Gerken (GK), Spence, Chambers, Knudsen, Nydam, Rowe, Downes, Bru, Celina, Garner, McGoldrick
The game started poorly for Ipswich as Ex-Blue Jack Marriott tapped the ball home from close range after getting on the end of a strong cross which was delivered by Gwion Edwards. A sharp response from Ipswich hindered Posh’s lead with David McGoldrick snatching the rebound from a blocked Joe Garner strike.
It wasn’t long however until the former Rangers striker found the back of the net as he was able to nod home a Danny Rowe corner shortly after the 5 minute break. 47 minutes in Garner would find himself contributing in the goals department again as he linked up beautifully with Manchester City loanee Bersant Celina before cooling putting the ball into the back of the net.
That is five goals in three games now for Joe Garner, which has excited many fans as he keeps showing the goalscoring consistency that Ipswich missed last season.
Town Second-Half XI - Crowe (GK) , Iorfa (Fowler, 101), C. Smith, T. Smith, Kenlock, Ward (Patterson, 113), Bishop, Skuse, McKendry, Sears, Morris (McLoughlin, 101)
The completely rotated second half XI which featured more bright prospects were not able to add to the scoreline but the side did not concede any goals either as Chris and Tommy Smith provided a solid wall in front of the young Michael Crowe.
In a much quieter half, Town was still able to create the odd chance as Cole Skuse managed to slot through Ex-Tottenham youth player Grant Ward whose one-on-one effort was well saved by Peterborough’s substitute goalkeeper.
Freddie Sears also had three chances to put the game to bed at the end of the final half, but the he was unable to improve on his already impressive preseason form.
Overall, I think it was a good display by the Blues today as McCarthy fielded two good sides with both experience and youth. I was delighted to see the inclusion of U23 centre half Chris Smith as the youngster really impressed me in last Saturday’s fixture against Coggeshall Town.
It was also pleasant to see Celina getting some minutes out on the pitch with his inclusion in Garner’s second goal showing good awareness. I also think that McGoldrick and Garner could be a good partnership upfront together against Birmingham on August 5th as there link up play could proof crucial to beating the Midlands side on the opening day.
Up next Town have Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium and I would love to see U23 players Ben Folami and Jack Lankaster given a chance as they were outstanding in last week’s game. The flair of Folami along with the technical ability that Lankaster has must be recognised by McCarthy, this is young talent that more fans need to be able to witness