Narrow defeat for young Lions
A goal in either half from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Matthew Clarke denied Millwall's U21s a share of the spoils at Portman Road on Monday night
after the young Lions had taken a third minute lead through Charlie Penny, writes Joe Taylor.
Emmanuel-Thomas had the game’s first shot in the third minute, a free-kick from 25 yards out which fizzed narrowly wide.
Moments later, The Lions went ahead with their first attack when midfielder Penny was played in on the right side of the penalty area and
fired a shot across Town keeper Scott Loach into the net.
Tom Wellham was then called into action turning a shot from Emmanuel-Thomas onto a post
But the Town striker was not to be denied as he levelled the scores in the 22nd minute from Michael Chopra's pull back.
After the break, The Tractor Boys almost took the lead in the 65th minute when Gunnar Thorsteinsson turned a Lawrence corner onto the Lions'
Millwall should then have gone ahead themselves 60 seconds later when a loose ball fell to John Marquis in space on the edge of the Town box, but the
number nine lashed wide when well placed.
A minute later Ipswich went in front after a break down the left. Berkane and Emmanuel-Thomas interchanged passes before Chopra fed Thomas. He then fired the ball across the six yard box where Clarke buried the winning goal.
Millwall's best chance to level arrived on 77 minutes when Charlie Penny headed sub Danny Newman’s right-wing cross into Loach’s arms.
Ipswich: Loach, Hammond, Mings, Berkane, Brown, Thorsteinsson, Galvin, Clarke, Emmanuel-Thomas, Chopra, Lawrence. Unused: Crowe, Robinson,
Willbye, Marriott, Sowunmi.
Millwall: Wellham, Siafa, Bender, Fagen (Oriogun 72), Malone, De Havilland, Penny, Sammoutis, Twum (Newman 75), Richards, Marquis. Unused: