King's Lynn Town youngsters bow out of FA Youth Cup to Ipswich Town
FA Youth Cup
Ipswich Town under-18s 6
King’s Lynn Town under-18s 1
Brave King’s Lynn Town under-18s bowed out of the FA Youth Cup at Portman Road on Wednesday night.
Lynn’s young-guns had no answer to the pace and power of the Blues as they were outclassed by their higher-league hosts for long periods in Suffolk.
Connor O’Reilly, Tyreece Simpson, Zak Brown (2), Colin Oppong and Allan Viral were on target for the Blues, before Joseph Taylor netted a consolation for The Walks outfit.
Ipswich controlled affairs from the first whistle and took the lead in the 13th minute.
O’Reilly darted in from the right before sllding the ball under the body of Linnets goalkeeper Bradley Ironside.
Eight minutes later, Simpson headed home a centre from Brown to double the Blues’ advantage with O’Reilly starting the move which caught the Lynn defence off guard.
The hosts could have added a third before the break but for some brilliant last-ditch defending from Neil Fryatt’s troops.
The busy Ironside stayed big to deny Liam Gibbs when one-on-one, before Oppong and Simpson both saw strikes cleared off the line.
Taylor saw an effort blocked at the other end, but it was all Lynn could muster during the first period.
Ipswich extended their advantage further eight minutes after the restart as Brown took a pass in his stride before smashing into the roof of the net.
Just a few minutes later Oppong headed in a fourth as the Blues threatened to run riot.
Home goalkeeper Jake Alley saved Luke Johnson’s low drive with his left foot as spirited Lynn refused to give up on their big night.
Fifteen minutes from time Brown scored his second with a delightful chip which found the back of the net via Ironside’s far post
The young Linnets scored a deserved consolation five minutes later through Taylor.
The number nine collected the ball in the box following good work by Johnson before applying a low finish to find the back of the net.
Home substitute Allan Viral was brought down in the 85th minute to win Ipswich a penalty, but the excellent Brown, looking to complete his hat-trick, saw his low shot saved by Ironside.
Viral netted a delightful sixth in the last minute of the tie, though, curling in from the corner of the area to book a home tie against Exeter City next.
The defeat ended Lynn’s dream at the first hurdle for a second successive season, but the team can take great satisfaction from another prolonged run in the competition.
King’s Lynn Town under-18s: Ironside, Cupit, Mitchell, Gascoigne, Gilbert, Wells (Kuzas), Rasberry, Johnson, Taylor, Lammiman (Welch), Howe (Smith). Other subs: Back, Lembutis, Overland. Howe.