Felixstowe Academy students Sam Ford and Ollie Spink gave outstanding performances in their Portman Road debut last week in an Ipswich Town FC Under 15 team in a showcase match against Tottenham Hotspur.
In a match filled with drama and goals, our students played a massive part in an ‘end to end’ match in front of a passionate crowd of 1,600 cheering fans – that included over 200 friends and family from Felixstowe!
The match got off to an energetic start, with the first 15 mins being dominated by the young Town team and Sam Ford’s early shots on goal being block by Spurs defenders. But as Spurs got more into the game, Town ‘s No.1 Oliver Spink was called into action making two smart saves in a five minute spell that saw the Spurs attackers trying to force a way past the Blues defence.
However Town went ahead in the 22nd minute when Sam, wearing the No.10 shirt, cleverly diverted a low cross past the Spurs keeper from six yards with an excellent finish – triggering a mighty roar from the home crowd!
Ollie had to be alert in the later stages of the first half, marshalling his defence against a few Spurs set pieces including free kicks and corners.
With Town going into the second half a goal to the good, it only took super striker Sam two minutes after the restart to bag his second goal! The striker was neatly played in on the left of the area where he drew out the Spurs keeper to score from a very tight angle. The crowd went wild for a second time, making enough sound to match a full Portman Road!
Sam did have further chances to claim his hat-trick before being substituted in the 57th minute, only being denied by a strong performance from the Spurs keeper.
As Spurs started to take control of possession during the second half, they managed to score two goals in reply. However keeper Ollie kept Town in the game with great saves from a powerful long range and making sure a header in the final minute of normal time went out.
The match went to penalties for the decider where, despite the heroics of Ollie in goal, Town were unable to convert their chances and Spurs ran out winners.
It was a fantastic performance by the whole team, but we were especially proud of Town’s No.1 and No.10 who both clearly have bright futures in the game. Well done!