Ipswich 0-1 Stevenage- Match Report

Kennedy winner stuns Town in EFL Cup shock

Stevenage recorded a shock EFL Cup first round 1-0 win at Sky Bet Championship side Ipswich with a second-half goal from Ben Kennedy.

Teenage striker Kennedy was quickest to react after stand-in Town goalkeeper Dean Gerken could only parry out a deflected shot from Charlie Lee on 53 minutes.

Ipswich, who made seven changes from the team which opened the league season with a 4-2 home win over Barnsley, had their chances, but the League Two side, who also had promising moments of their own, held on to secure a memorable win, in front of just under 7,000 fans.

Both sides had a couple of openings in what was an even first half, as Ipswich midfielder Jonathan Douglas and Boro defender Luke Wilkinson both missing the target with headers before just ahead of the break Stevenage midfielder Tom Conlon saw his free-kick parried away by Gerken

Ipswich finally managed a shot on target in the 49th minute, when a long-range effort from midfielder Kevin Bru was saved by Jamie Jones, before 19-year-old Kennedy broke the deadlock to put the League Two side ahead.

Town substitute David McGoldrick almost equalised straight away, but his curling effort from distance narrowly missed the top corner.

Stevenage, though, could have scored again on 66 minutes.

Striker Rowan Liburd ran clear beyond the Town defence, but could not find a way past the onrushing Gerken.

Ipswich saw numerous goalbound shots blocked by the resolute visitors and when the home side did find a way through, McGoldrick's fierce 25-yard shot was turned around the post by Jones as Stevenage hung on to claim a memorable victory - with some boos from the sparse Town crowd at full-time.

Source : PA

Source: PA