Ipswich win 3-0 to stay top
clean sheet to celebrate managers 500th game
Ipswich celebrated their manager’s 500th league game with a clinical 3-0 win over bottom of the table Old Loughtoninas.
Ipswich made a presentation to manager, Donna Mills just before the match and were determined to put in a display to make her proud. However the away side started well and Ipswich knew that they were in for a good game. Some crunching tackles by Kat Blake and player of the match, Lucy Dunnett kept the opposition at bay and Ipswich began to look to make attacks of their own.
On the 20th minute it was top goal scorer Lizzy Wheelhouse that pounced to put Ipswich 1-0 up. A great driving run and shot by Chloe Williams was deflected in by Wheelhouse and it looked like the first of many.
Not long after the goal Ipswich co-captain Emma Millar took a ball to the side of her head and she played no further part as she went to hospital for stitches in her ear. Thanks to supporters Gillian Sacker and Tessa Knowles for looking after her! It would have been easy for the home side to be distracted but coach Mariette Rix reminded the team at half time to be more clinical in the final third and 9 minutes into the second half Wheelhouse scored her second. A shot by Micha Knowles was saved by the Loughts GK but Wheelhouse reacted quickly to put the ball in the net.
It was now all Ipswich pressure and 4 minutes later they extended the lead to 3. Kate Wingar pouncing on another rebound from a PC shot.
Ipswich would have liked to have extended their lead by more but the Loughts GK made some good saves and the scoreline ended 3-0 to see Ipswich remain at the top of the table, but having played 1 more than chasing teams.
Next up for Ipswich is a tough away game v Sevenoaks 2’s. With only two games left in 2017 another win is vital.