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Spurs XI 3-2 Ipswich

Posted on 11 September 2013  - 14:55

Kenny McEvoy struck a last-minute winner as our Spurs XI team toppled Ipswich Town 3-2 in a friendly at the Training Centre on Wednesday.

Kenny McEvoy converts the late winnerMcEvoy turns away after scoring to delight of Giancarlo Gallifuoco and Dominic BallSimon Dawkins just about to convert for 2-1Dawkins congratulated by Cameron LancasterRuben Lameiras on the ballGrant WardDominic BallCameron LancasterRoman Michael-PercilRuben Lameiras

The winger managed to find space in a crowded box to convert Ruben Lameiras' free-kick with only seconds remaining.

Simon Dawkins netted twice in a closely-fought encounter with few clear-cut chances.

Dawkins opened the scoring on 19 minutes. Nabil Bentaleb sent Roman Michael-Percil away down the right and the winger zipped to the byline before cutting the ball back for Dawkins, who executed his finish superbly, angling a side-foot into the top corner.

Jack Marriott hit the side-netting for Ipswich but the visitors were soon level as Matt Clarke headed down a corner and Marriott turned home from close range.

Bentaleb broke forward to force Jacob Marsden into a sharp save down to his left but the goalkeeper could do little as Dawkins latched onto Cameron Lancaster's pass and finished via a deflection for 2-1 on 36 minutes.

Luke McGee entered the fray for the second half in place of Jonathan Miles and soon made a fine one-on-one save to deny Marriott. That was matched within a minute by Marsden as Michael-Percil let rip from 25 yards.

Grant Ward was next to test Marsden after a crossfield pass from Giancarlo Gallifuoco and McGee was equal to Teddy Bishop's drive on the hour.

A defensive mix-up allowed Marriott to convert a one-on-one for 2-2 on 78 minutes but typically, the lads pushed forward for a winner, Shaq Coulthirst was inches away from McEvoy's cross on 86 minutes before the late, late winner.

Coulthirst was chopped down on the right, Lameiras whipped in the free-kick and McEvoy probably couldn't believe his luck with the goal at his mercy to secure the victory.

Spurs XI: Miles (McGee, 46); Ward, Ball, Gallifuoco, Stewart (Morne Nel, triallist from club partners SuperSport United, 13; replaced by McEvoy, 62); Bentaleb, Dombaxe, Lameiras; Dawkins, Lancaster (Coulthirst, 62), Michael-Percil.