IPSWICH Town’s youngsters produced a polished performance to reach the last eight of the Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup.
An Ipswich Town XI defeated Walsham-le-Willows 3-1 in their second-round tie at The Morrish Stadium on Wednesday night.
Zak Brown rounded goalkeeper Steve Fenner before sliding home to put the visitors ahead after 18 minutes.
Walsham were level eight minutes later when Charlie Norman turned smartly just outside the penalty area and sent a low shot just inside the post.
Ipswich restored their lead in the 38th minute, centre back Levi Andoh curling a beauty into the top corner from 25 yards following a corner.
They extended their advantage just before the hour mark when Zak Brown reached the goalline and cut the ball back for Colin Oppong to score.
Ipswich were good value for their win against a young Walsham side who provided a decent test in front of 172 spectators.
Ipswich Town's Zanda Siziba (blue shirt) lays the ball off during a first-half attack against Walsham-le-Willows. Main photograph: Walsham's Charlie Norman runs at the Ipswich Town defence before scoring with a low left-foot shot
Adem Atay, who was in charge of the Ipswich Town side, said: “They are all at different stages of their development, so it is pleasing to see them perform to those standards and for everyone to play their part.
“This is a different challenge for them as they are used to playing against professional clubs, so coming into a non-league environment they often find the hardest part is the mental side.
“Each year I get asked do we wish to enter the competition and I say ‘yes’ because we really love playing in it as it offers a different experience for them.
“It gives them a different challenge to compete in a cup competition under the lights against a mixture of older and younger players.
“Some of the players are coming back from injury and have not been involved in pre-season, so it is good to get them involved and take some steps forward.”
Long Melford also made it through to the last eight of this season’s competition after they defeated Kirkley & Pakefield 4-3 on penalties at Stoneylands.
The visitors had taken the lead through skipper Jack Herbert early in the second period, before Will Wingfield scored a penalty late on to equalise and then Kirkley’s Jack Coleman was sent off.
Five sides have so far booked their places in the quarter-finals – Felixstowe & Walton United, Hadleigh United, Ipswich Town, Long Melford and Stowmarket Town.
Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup Second Round: Long Melford 1 Kirkley & Pakefield 1 – Long Melford won 4-3 on pens, Walsham-le-Willows 1 Ipswich Town 3.