Full-time from Calmont Road
Millwall's U18s slipped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Ipswich Town at Calmont Road at a blustery Calmont Road on Saturday morning.
The young Lions could have been a goal to the good in the first minute of the game as left-back Noah Chesmain hoisted a long diagonal crossfield ball to Ebere Eze, who although having got to the ball before the advancing keeper, fired his effort over the crossbar.
Moments later John-Prince Rylah's dangerous inswinging corner into the six yard box was just beyond the reach of a Millwall team-mate and the danger was averted.
From then on most of the match action was centred in the middle of the park without either side creating a clear cut chance as the defences dominated.
Unfortunately when the breakthrough was made it was Ipswich who scored the opening goal with the softest of penalties for what looked to be no more than a routine challenge in the penalty area. The referee thought otherwise and visiting skipper Shane McLaughlin stepped up and fired home the spot-kick.
Two minutes later Lions keeper Max Goodman prevented Ipswich going further ahead with a fine save from Cemal Ramadan, but there was little he could do to prevent Chris Symm doubling Town's lead on 35 minutes with a smart finish from close-range.
Ipswich started the second-half on the front foot and keeper Goodman twice came to the rescue with vital saves to keep The Lions in the game and then only the woodwork prevented Ipswich's Ed Ellis chalking up a third with quarter of an hour remaining.
Millwall reduced the arrears following a spell of pressure thanks to a header from striker Noel Leighton, who coolly nodded the ball back past goalkeeper Nick Hayes after his initial close-range effort from a superb delivery by defender James Brown had been parried by the keeper.
Although the home side were by now having much more of the game any hopes of pushing on to secure a share of the spoils was thwarted in the 86th minute when McLaughlin produced a superb curling effort from the edge of the box that gave Goodman no chance and put the game beyond Millwall's reach.
Team: Goodman, Brown, Chesmain, Bryon, Bray, Peter, Rylah( Twardek 55mins), Fitzgerald (Ebouzome 55mins), Leighton, Eze (White 68mins), Ndjoli. Sub not used: Girling.