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27 March 2017

Goals from Dyson, Warde, Coughlan and O’Brien

-    Huddersfield Town’s Under-23s beat Ipswich Town 4-1
-    Goals from Dyson, Warde, Coughlan and O’Brien
-    Highlights on HTTV later this week

A dominant second half performance from Huddersfield Town’s Under-23s side helped beat Ipswich Town 4-1 in the Professional Development League at PPG Canalside.

Clinical finishing from Frankie Bunn’s youngsters was key to the win over Ipswich Town as Town’s Under-23s scored two goals in each half to run out overall winner.

Frankie Bunn’s side included overage midfielder Sean Scannell, who started for his second consecutive Under-23s match as he continued to recover from an ankle injury, whilst attacking midfielder Jack Boyle and striker Frankie Mulhern were both ruled out after suffering a knee injuries.

The visitors started the game the brightest and put Town on the back foot immediately. Goalkeeper Luke Coddington got down well to deny McKendry before producing another good save to stop McLoughlin’s driven strike from 15 yards out.

Ipswich’s young side continued to put pressure on Town’s defence and Coddington was called upon once again, this time to stop Folami’s curling effort on goal.

It took Town a while to get into the match and the first opportunity arose in the 16th minute. Deshane Dalling did well down the left hand side to force a corner, before Regan Booty’s out swinging cross picked out Fraser Horsfall in the box, but his flicked header went harmlessly wide.

Coddington was called into action again to deny McLoughlin’s header from point blank range before the away side should’ve taken the lead.

Horsfall was caught napping in possession by winger Ben Folami who subsequently ran through one-on-one with Coddington, however the Town ‘keeper did excellently to remain big and save the youngster’s shot.

Despite Ipswich Town having the better chances in the first half, it was Town who took the lead in the 42nd minute.

The young Terriers broke quickly from an Ipswich corner after Sean Scannell received the ball; the winger took away two defenders before slotting Olly Dyson through on goal. The young striker drilled his shot into the bottom corner past the on-rushing goalkeeper, to give Town the lead.

The goal sparked Bunn’s young side into life and led to a dominant second half performance.

After just less than a minute into the second half Dyson linked up with Scannell once again, this time providing the winger with an opportunity, however, his left footed shot curled just over bar.

Three minutes into the second half Town doubled its lead; after winning the ball on the halfway line, quick and precise football led to the opportunity. Jordan Williams received the ball down the right handside and cut it back to Sam Warde, who slotted a left footed striker past Hayes from just 10 yards out.

In the 52nd minute the visitors had a lifeline. A swift counter took the Tractor Boys up the pitch and earned a corner, which was consequently guided past the impressive Coddington at the near post.

The goal didn’t deter Frankie Bunn’s side, who continued to control the tempo of the match and patiently wait for opportunities.

Once again after good football around the area, substitute Luca Colville clipped a floated cross into the box which was met by Dyson, his powerful header struck the bar before another substitute Ronan Coughlan head in the rebound in the 67th minute; marking his return to the Under-23s side with a goal following a leg fracture.

Spurred on by Ronan’s goal, the youngsters made it four in the 71st minute. Regan Booty’s free-kick found the curved run of unmarked Lewis O’Brien at the back past who head past the Ipswich Town goalkeeper.

With the score set at 4-1 the tempo of the game diminished in the latter stages of the match, with the final meaningful chance falling to Colville, who fired a shot straight at the ‘keeper from 25 yards out, with just minutes remaining.

Highlights will be available on #HTTV later this week.

Town’s team starting line-up (4-2-3-1):

Luke Coddington; Dylan Cogill (Jamie Spencer, 56’), Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Fraser Horsfall, Jordan Williams; Regan Booty (c), Lewis O’Brien; Deshane Dalling (Luca Colville, 62’), Sam Warde (Ronan Coughlan, 50’), Sean Scannell; Olly Dyson

Unused subs:

Tadhg Ryan, Dom Tear

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