TEN-MAN Wanderers reached their second CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Final in three seasons.
Wanderers, who led 1-0 through Matt Blake’s clinical 29th minute sidefoot finish from Lewis Kincaid’s low left-wing cross, saw skipper Kris Rose sent off for a second bookable offence ten minutes later.
Rose, who had been booked for pulling back Lewis Cooke five minutes earlier, then saw red as he clattered into striker Harry Whiting-Noakes near the half-way line. Rose will serve a one-match ban but will be available for the final versus Leiston Reserves at Colchester United FC on Friday, May 13th.
However, any chance underdogs Old Newton United of the Macron SIL Senior Division had of capitalising on their numerical advantage subsided dramatically just four minutes after the interval.
George Mrozek received the ball 25 yards out and struck a superb shot into the top corner to give his side some breathing space.
Lewis Kincaid reacts quickest to lift his shot past Old Newton United goalkeeper Jay Hindley to score Ipswich Wanderers' third goal. Main photograph: George Mrozek fires home Wanderers' second goal from 25 yards. Photographs: Paul Voller
Old Newton, who had grown into the game after a nervy opening ten minutes and held their own until the opener, offered little attacking threat other than from set pieces.
Their cause was not helped by losing Cooke through injury after 55 minutes, with Wanderers’ goalkeeper Craig Brand not forced to make a save of note throughout the 90 minutes.
Wanderers, who are on an unbeaten 28-game run in Thurlow Nunn League Division One South, underlined their superiority with two goals in the final 13 minutes.
Lewis Kincaid was quickest to react to squeeze the ball home at the near post after keeper Jay Hindley had done well to block Blake’s follow-up after saving an initial shot from outside the penalty area.
George Mrozek (No.11) congratulates Lewis Kincaid after scoring Ipswich Wanderers' third goal. Photograph: Paul Voller
Then in the 82nd minute Teon Leggett got away down the left and squared the ball across the face of goal for fellow substitute Ben Stannard to stroke home.
Ipswich Wanderers: Craig Brand, Josh Folkes, Lewis Kincaid, Anton Clarke, Adam Dunnage, Kris Rose, Jacob Lay, Evan Bolt, Matt Blake, Connor Field, George Mrozek. Unused subs: Louis Crozier-Flatts, Darius Laws.
Old Newton Utd: Jay Hindley, Ben Robinson, Jordan Smith, Joji Kawaguchi, Sam Waterson, Ash Thompson, Luke Austin, Jake Gathercole, Lewis Cooke, Harry Whiting-Noakes, Jack Bolton. Unused subs: Craig Defew, Ant Stowe.
Referee: Chris Whitley.