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Ipswich Town (0) 1 - 0 (0) Chester City

FA Cup 3rd Round, Replay 2006-07

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Referee: Kevin Friend

Manager: Jim Magilton

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 11,732

Manager: Mark Wright

Match Number: 3189


 Matt Richards (84)




 Alex Bruce (86)
 Danby (66)
 Martinez (68)
 Artell (72)





















Match Report

Ipswich Town 1, Chester City 0

CHESTER turned in a battling and courageous performance at Portman Road last night, but eventually succumbed to an 84th minute goal from substitute Matt Richards, and bowed out of this season’s FA Cup.

As all pub quiz aficionados will tell you in the future, this was City’s second defeat in the competition this season, after they had lost to Bury in their second round replay, the Shakers eventually being thrown out of the competition after it was found they played an ineligible player.

However, Chester can hold their heads up high, because over the two games they were the better side, and it was a shame that one lapse of concentration brought about their defeat.

City started well, defender Fabian Willnis was forced to hack a dangerous cross from Gregg Blundell away from Jon Walters in the second minute, before Walters fired narrowly wide.

Chester had the ball in the Ipswich net after seven minutes, but referee Kevin Friend, pulled play back for an earlier infringement from the resulting free-kick Sean Hessey’s goalbound effort was cleared by the beleaguered Suffolk defenders.

The first chance for the Ipswich came after 10 minutes when David Artell miskicked an innocuous ball into the area, Danny Haynes saw an effort blocked, and Phil Bolland mopped up the loose ball.

Ipswich began to settle well, Jaime Peters went narrowly wide from 20 yards, and former Accrington Stanley player Gary Roberts shot just over after he’d cut in from the left side.

City were still giving as good as their more illustrious opponents could muster, and Blundell who was a constant thorn for the Ipswich defenders, was unlucky when an effort went just wide and into the side netting. Jamie Hand and Simon Marples both fizzed efforts just wide for the visitors, whilst at the other end the gargantuan Sean Hessey made a magnificent tackle on the six yard line to dispossess Willnis.

Hessey, who turned in a man of the match performance, again came to City’s rescue when he made an excellent tackle to dispossess the onrushing Peters 10 yards out, after the youngster had linked well with the former Fulham midfield player Sylvan Legwinski.

In added time in the first period, Alex Bruce was fortunate when he appeared to lay a back pass to keeper Price, however the referee took a charitable view of the incident and allowed player to continue.

City again came out strongly at the start of the second half, Price in the Ipswich goal was forced to rush out of his area to hack a through ball from Wilson away from the predatory Walters, and the keeper made an excellent stop to push a snap shot from Roberto Martinez around the post for a corner.

At the other end, John Danby who had been a virtual spectator in the first half, made a good save pushing a thunderous effort from Peters away for a corner kick.

Ipswich at this stage were beginning to settle with Haynes and Lee flashing shots just wide.

Danby made an excellent save to save a direct free kick from Williams, and Roberts shot over from 20 yards.

With extra time looming large, Matt Richards broke Chester’s hearts six minutes from time. A Roberts pass found Richards who hit an effort from 20 yards low past the dive ofDanby, who will be disappointed with his attempt to save the effort.

Chester then threw everything forward trying to grab an equaliser, Walters just failed to connect with a cross from Blundell and Wilson shot just wide with a 20-yard attempt.

Despite their elimination, Chester can hold their heads up high following this excellent performance, which brought a standing round of applause from the Portman Road crowd as they trooped off dejectedly at the end.

Neil Turner (Liverpool Daily Post)

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