23rd May 7pm
28 mins Offiong went down the right, cut into the area, and crossed low to the
far post where Tommy English shot home into the Leazes goal from 4 yards
Newcastle U17 1 Ipswich U17 0
Again it was Offiong in the clear and
he calmly chipped the ball over the head of the advancing keeper from a
central position to make it
2-0 on the night.
Full time: Newcastle U17 2 Ipswich
Alan Irvine commented:
"It was a good victory and I was
proud of the players. A lot of people would have read too much into
Saturday's bad result so the one thing I wanted was for the lads to do
"It was always going to be a tall order but you can score two goals
in two minutes and then 1-0 becomes 3-0. We scored four in 11 minutes at
Derby so I always hoped we could do something similar.
"But above all I wanted them to finish with a win because they've
been fantastic all season."
Ipswich Chairman David Sheepshanks addressed his
"I am very proud of you all, it is a stunning achievement. We had 10
Englishmen and an Irishman in the starting line-up. This is an example of
what you can do by coaching, team work and togetherness. Some of these
lads have been together since they were 10 years old. I am so pleased for
Ian, Bryan, Paul and the other coaches too. It is another important
reflection of Ipswich Town Football Club and what is going right at
Nobody should be under any illusions in the big step up from this level to
the first team and the Premiership but you can't do better than winning
your League and it bodes well for the future."
As expected United set off
in all-out attack mode as they attempted to score an early couple of goals, and put pressure on Ipswich
and their formidable lead.
Despite early pressure from the home side, it was 12 minutes before Newcastle came near to scoring with Chopra shooting over the bar from 12 yards after Offiong
had released him.
Three minutes later the tie was nearly all over but a goalbound header from an Ipswich corner was headed off the line by Norton.
With a minute Collin was forced into a good save from a 25 yard effort as
the visitors threatened again
After United took the lead the game became more open and the visitors
should have levelled on 38 minutes when
they had two men clean through but managed to shoot wide.
Just before half time Offiong went down the left, beat two men in a mazy
dribble and crossed but as panic reigned in the Ipswich defence, the ball
The second half was more of the same with United pressing forward but Ipswich
getting chances on the break. After 46 minutes, an English free kick on the right was headed clear but straight
to Chopra whose shot was well saved. Two minutes later and Robson put Chopra through,
only for him to place his shot directly at the keeper.
On 50 minutes United appeared to have a strong claim for a penalty when Chopra was tripped in the area but the Ref didn't agree with the packed Gallowgate end.
55 minutes a good run from Moore resulted in his shot being deflected for a
corner. On the hour it looked all over as the bigger and stronger Ipswich side looked
to be getting control of midfield and forcing Newcastle onto the defensive.
However, the lads didn't give up and had good efforts on 65 minutes through
Chopra who shot over from 20 yards, and 4 minutes later from Moore who did
likewise after cutting in from the right. In the 76th minute, Moore again cut inside and shot from the edge of the area but the keeper made
an excellent save.
With five minutes remaining, United's efforts were rewarded with a second
goal, and this spurred on the side further, another penalty award being
Offiong was brought down in injury time.
A fair result on the night and good entertainment for the fantastic crowd.
Thanks to Dave Greaves