World News – GB – Ipswich Town 2 Gillingham 0 match report


A nice strike from Armando Dobra put host Ipswich ahead in the second half and Ben Folami doubled the lead at close range

The two managers shuffled their teams for a game that didn’t bother them too much Gills boss Steve Evans said during preparation he had no interest in the trophy and his counterpart Paul Lambert has said it was mental that the competition is even going this season

Evans made nine changes, leaving only Jack Tucker vs Zech Medley for the weekend squad It was a chance for the other players to show they deserved a start in the league

The Gillingham coach had said he could play some young players, having fielded a few in a training match last week against Peterborough, but ultimately chose not to do so

There weren’t too many clear chances in the first half, with substitute skipper Alex MacDonald having the best of them

At first, a tame effort from Ipswich winger Ben Folami and a more convincing strike from Gillingham midfielder Matty Willock ensured both keepers were alert

MacDonald brought out an even better save from home goaltender David Cornell, the keeper at arm’s length to keep him from folding a shot in the far corner, after being found in space by Willock

There was a lot of engagement from both teams, but there was little action on goal John Akinde played but had a blocked shot and Dobra missed the target trying to catch Gillsâ ???? young goalkeeper out of line

With time almost up at halftime, there were chances at both ends Folami should have done better with a chance at an angle, with the ball falling in his way after teammate Jack Lankester was unable to control the center The finish passed the far post At the other end McKenzie had half a chance in a crowded box His shot was stopped by the keeper but there were also several cover defenders

Dobra showed what he can do in the 57th minute, opening the scoring with a nice shot from the edge of the box, slicing through the underside of the bar as his shot came in

The striker had already seen Christian Maghoma and John Akinde committing a foul on him which had seen them enter the referee’s notebook

Chances for the gills were slim on the pitch The header of half-time substitute Dominic Samuel didn’t bother the home keeper

Ipswich made it 2-0 in 75 minutes Folami slipped on a cross after Liam Gibbs won the ball against Jack Tucker before finding his teammate

Gillingham had free-kick chances in the later stages, but Coyle’s effort lacked rhythm and Josh Eccles precision.The game drifted until the final whistle, with both teams now boasting of a victory and one defeat each

Ipswich Town: Cornell, Woolfenden, Donacien, Lankester (viral 90mins), Ndaba, Dobra (Crane 82mins), McGavin, Folami, Baggott, Simpson, Gibbs (Siziba 90mins) Unused Submarines: Holy, Crowe, Smith , Brown

Gillingham: Walsh, McKenzie, Medley Tucker, Maghoma, Woods, Willock (Samuel 45mins), Drysdale, Coyle, MacDonald (Eccles 71mins), Akinde Unused subs: Bonham, Jackson, Ogilvie, Graham, Oliver

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