Wrexham Youth 1
Ipswich Town Youth 2
Youth Friendly

Wrexham Youth
1 - 2
Ipswich Town Youth

Youth Friendly
Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
Colliers Park
3:00pm kick-off

Mike Cronshaw (53)
Unknown (40)
Unknown (85)

Team Managers
Brian Carey

Starting Eleven
1. Vinnie Whelan
2. Kai Edwards
3. Johnny Hunt
4. Lee Jones
5. Chris Marriott
6. Tom Matischok
7. George Stewart
8. Matty Hurdman
9. Mike Cronshaw
10. Mark Stewart
11. Luke Carding

12. River Humphreys
14. Rob Pearson
15. Jack Jones
16. Obi Anoruo

Rob Pearson for Tom Matischok (67)
Jack Jones for Matty Hurdman (67)
River Humphreys for Lee Jones (73)
Obi Anoruo for Mark Stewart (73)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Match Report

Although not present in person, this game was arranged through former Wrexham centre half and living legend Tony Humes, the Academy Director at Portman Road. Ipswich took the lead five minutes before the break in controversial circumstances. A ball played in form the right struck the hand of an attacker, but despite the appeals of the Wrexham defence the referee didn’t award a free kick and the Ipswich left-winger pounced to beat Vinny Whelan.

Michael Cronshaw pulled the Dragons level on 53 minutes finishing off a Mark Stewart centre from 8 yards after the Irishman had driven to the line and picked out the striker with a pinpoint pass. The visitors were pushing forward in the closing stages and after one of their substitutes had forced another top class save from Whelan, their two wingers combined to conjure up a wining goal. The man on the left flank crossed deep for his counterpart on the right to meet the ball on the volley and hammer home the deciding strike.

Coach Steve Cooper was not too disappointed by losing to a late goal: “The boys didn't deserve this result,” he said. “It was a shame we weren’t able to push on and claim the win for ourselves, but I think we can take plenty of positives from the performance. Things are starting to come together and we have demonstrated that we have some ability.”

Manager's Programme Notes