Ipswich Town 0-1 Stevenage

10 Aug

Ben Kennedy


Ben Kennedy (left) scored three goals for Stevenage last season

Ben Kennedy’s strike saw League Two Stevenage knock out Ipswich Town and progress to the EFL Cup second round.

The 19-year-old reacted quickest when Dean Gerken parried Charlie Lee’s deflected shot in the second half.

Ipswich, who made seven changes, had to wait until the 49th minute for their first shot on target, a long range effort from Kevin Bru.

The Championship side pressed for an equaliser but David McGoldrick’s 25-yard strike was turned around the post.

Stevenage, who lost 2-1 at Ipswich in the first round of the same competition last season, held on to complete a memorable victory at Portman Road.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: “I think Stevenage were excellent and deserved to win – I don’t want to take anything away from that.

“But I thought we were awful. We weren’t too bad in the first half but I don’t think we improved in the second half – they were better than us after the break and were the best team overall.”

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll: “It has been a good night, especially after Saturday’s performance when my players were very harshly criticised for what was a one-off poor display.

“We have reminded everyone about our resolve and determination and I thought we were good tonight.

“This club has had so many good cup nights in its history and I hope we can follow suit.”

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Stevenage 1.

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Stevenage 1.

Attempt missed. Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Paul Digby.

Attempt missed. Paul Digby (Ipswich Town) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution, Stevenage. Michael Tonge replaces Tom Conlon.

Foul by Grant Ward (Ipswich Town).

Charlie Lee (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Conor Grant (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Matt Godden (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

Matt Godden (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Conlon (Stevenage).

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Charlie Lee (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Charlie Lee (Stevenage).

Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town).

Dale Gorman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Conlon (Stevenage) because of an injury.

Substitution, Stevenage. Matt Godden replaces Rowan Liburd.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Andrew Fox.

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop replaces Kevin Bru.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Fraser Franks.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage).

Conor Grant (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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