Our Under 18s’ FA Youth Cup Quarter-Final victory understandably grabbed the headlines over the past few days, but a number of other fixtures have also taken place across the Academy and Women’s Programme since our last news stories were published. Here is a summary:
UNDER 18 (https://www.itfc.co.uk/matches/u18-results/)
As well as the dramatic cup win, Adem Atay and Jason Dozzell’s young Blues have had several league matches over the past week-and-a-half. Town have secured a second-placed finish regardless of the remaining results, thus qualifying for the end-of-season play-offs. The opposition for the play-offs is yet to be decided, although the most likely is Wigan Athletic who sit top of the Northern section at the time of writing.
Saturday 24th April, League: Birmingham City 4-2 ITFC (Cutbush pen 14′, Valentine 17′)
Bort, Bradshaw, Steele, Stephenson, Agbaje, Cutbush, Chirewa, Nwabueze (Barbrook HT), Manly (Buabo 57′), Valentine (Hoque 61′), Osbourne. Unused sub: Ridd
Saturday 1st May, League: ITFC 0-2 Hull City
Catley, H. Barbrook, Bradshaw, Steele, Cousens, F. Barbrook, Moodie (Okunowo 73′), Hoque (Boatswain 66′), Manly, Nwabueze, Osbourne. Unused subbs: Ridd, O’Neill
Wednesday 5th May, League: Swansea City 1-1 ITFC (Neutral venue – St George’s Park)
Town’s Under 23s, led by Kieron Dyer and Terry Butcher, has mirrored the Under 18s’ achievement of reaching the post-season play-offs via a second-placed league finish. Their opponents will be Sheffield United on a date to be confirmed:
Tuesday 27th April, League: ITFC 2-1 Nottingham Forest (Ward 16′, Simpson. Played at Portman Road)
White, Andoh, Armin, Clements (C), Crane (Valentine 76), Alexander (Humphreys 54), Healy, Chirewa, Ward, Simpson (Oppong 65), Page. Unused subs: Bort, Bradshaw.
Monday 3rd May, League: Crewe Alexandra 0-2 ITFC (Ward, OG)
White, Andoh, Crane, Healy, Clements, Stewart, Ward, Page, Simpson, Chirewa, Oppong. Subs: Ridd, Cutbush, Bello
WOMEN’S ACADEMY (U21)
Sun 11th April: ITFC 1sts 2-2 ITFC Academy (friendly, 1sts won 3-1 on penalties)
Wed 14th April: ITFC 3-1 Reading (Home, WSL Academy League) – Barratt, Bryant, O’Brien
Sunday 18th April: Brantham Athletic 0-15 ITFC (away, Suffolk FA Women’s Cup R2)
Wed 21st April: ITFC 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Home, Friendly) – Barratt (2), Biggs, O’Brien, Sutherland
Wed 28th April: Everton 1-2 ITFC (Away, WSL Academy League) – Peskett, O’Brien
Sun 2nd May: East Bergholt United 0-14 ITFC (away, Suffolk FA Women’s Cup R3)
After defeat at Billericay Town (1-2) in the Women’s FA Cup on 4th April, following the in-house friendly against the Academy (mentioned above) on 11th April and ahead of the away friendly at Southampton (1-4, https://www.itfc-academy.com/2021/04/26/itfc-women-town-debut-new-sponsor-at-saint-marys/) on 25th April, our Women’s First-Team also hosted Portsmouth at Playford Road recently:
Sunday 18th April: ITFC 3-3 Portsmouth (home, friendly, Playford Road) – Thomas, Barratt, Grey
The next Women’s 1st Team game is a behind-closed-doors friendly at home to Nottingham Forest (of the third Tier) on Sunday 16th May.