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Ipswich scorer Mark Venus:
"It was unfortunate one team had to lose"
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banner Tuesday, 19 December, 2000, 22:26 GMT
Ipswich sink City in extra time
Jeff Whitley congratulates Shaun Goater
Man City's Jeff Whitley congratulates Shaun Goater
Manchester City 1-2 Ipswich Town (aet)

Mark Venus scored a dramatic winner deep into extra time to steer Ipswich into the semi-finals of the Worthington Cup at the expense of Manchester City.

Town will now meet First Division Birmingham over two legs after a stirring comeback at Maine Road.

Matt Holland pulled the Suffolk side level midway through the second half after Shaun Goater had put City ahead after just 10 minutes.

City laid siege to Richard Wright's goal in the final minutes and Paulo Wanchope saw a goal ruled out for handball.

Moments later in the last act of the match Titus Bramble cleared a second effort from the Costa Rican off the line.

Goater opener

Although some of the Blues ran towards Bramble after he prevented a penalty shoot-out with his last minute intervention it is Venus who will be remembered as the hero of the night.

Ten minutes into the match however, after a dominant opening, it was City who were in control.

Goater picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and after controlling the ball with his first touch he unleashed a shot beyond Wright with his second.

Three minutes later Goater almost made it two for him and City but his shot rattled the woodwork.

Ipswich, missing the injured Marcus Stewart, found themselves on the backfoot for much of the first half.

Shaun Wright-Phillips went close on two occasions and when Hermann Hreidarsson raised his boot in the area and caught Kevin Horlock's head the Maine Road faithful were screaming for a penalty.

The Northern Ireland international required treatment to a deep cut but referee Graham Poll dismissed the claims and waved play on.


Hreidarsson made way for Jermaine Wright at half time and the substitutes early effort on goal was an indicator of Ipswich's renewed intent.

The visitors scored a deserved equaliser on 59 minutes but owe a debt of gratitude to City keeper Nicky Weaver.

Weaver rose to claim a looping cross but, under pressure from David Johnson the ball slipped from his grasp and Holland was on hand to find the net.

However much each side pushed for a winning goal the deadlock remained as the game ebbed towards extra-time.

In the first period of the added half-hour Wanchope saw an effort rebound off the post before Goater dragged an effort wide moments later.

Weaver made amends for his earlier mistake and beat away a dipping Jim Magilton free-kick before Venus struck.

As his younger team-mates withered around him the 33-year-old strode forward and, after combining with Scowcroft, calmly slotted the winner beyond Weaver.

Manchester City: Weaver, Haaland, Tiatto, Morrison, Prior, Wright-Phillips, Whitley, Wiekens, Horlock, Wanchope, Goater.
Subs: Dickov, Bishop, Granville, Kennedy, Wright.

Ipswich Town: Richard Wright, Wilnis, Hreidarsson, Venus, McGreal, Croft, Magilton, Holland, Clapham, Scowcroft, Johnson.
Subs: Branagan, Jermaine Wright, Bramble, Karic, Reuser.

Referee: G Poll (Tring).

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