Tuesday evening saw Ipswich travel to Colchester for the first leg of the Eastern League cup final.
Ipswich began the evening with a 1-0 handicap lead due to final league standings from last season. Colchester came out of the gates fast and were able to put Ipswich under immediate pressure, winning possession from Ipswich on several occasions and scoring 2 early goals. Ipswich took a while to warm to the contest but regained the lead with 2 goals in the last couple of minutes to make the first quarter end 3-2.
Ipswich started the second quarter far better than the first and the match became very even, with both teams cancelling each other out at times and scoring twice each to make the score 5-4 Ipswich at half time.
The third quarter saw Ipswich take a much greater control of the match, defending solidly and attacking with pace and power. 4 Ipswich goals with only 1 conceded made it 9-5 going into the final period.
Colchester began the final quarter quickly and aimed to put Ipswich under pressure to close the gap. A fantastic defensive effort kept the match tight and made it difficult for Colchester to get back into the game. After turning over possession on multiple occasions, Ipswich could control the ball and create opportunities of their own to kill the game off. With great effort from everyone right to the end, Ipswich came out on top, winning 12-8.
This means Ipswich take a 4 goal advantage into the second leg of the tie which will be at RHS.
Great performance by everyone involved and another massive win! Defensively solid throughout and powerful in attack to secure a great result!
All eyes on the second leg now!!