Jamie Hanson hits a late winner to set up FA Youth Cup clash with City
DERBY County set up an FA Youth Cup fifth round home showdown against Manchester City with victory over Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium last night.
An excellent free kick from central defender Jamie Hanson in the 79th minute settled the tie after the sides shared four goals in the first half.
Academy manager Darren Wassall named the same team that started the previous round against Gateshead but was able to include a surprise secret weapon on the bench in the shape of England Under-21 international and first-team regular Will Hughes.
Rams skipper Niall Dawkins flashed an early shot wide after the visitors failed to clear their lines.
The hosts had a lucky escape in the ninth minute, when Hanson's attempted header back to his goalkeeper dropped inches wide of the post, with Ross Etheridge wrong-footed.
Derby fell behind in the 12th minute, when Byron Lawrence's deflected cross from the left was flicked goalwards by Jack Marriott and parried by Etheridge, only for Tommy Winter to net the rebound from close range.
It nearly got worse for the Rams seconds after the restart when Marriott robbed Max Lowe and raced clear but the Ipswich striker fired wide across the face of goal.
Derby responded with Adam Wixted sending a shot whistling past the post before, in the 26th minute, the ball ran loose in the box following a short corner routine that did not quite go to plan and Rhys Sharpe got there before centre-back Matt Clarke, who fouled him.
Sharpe dusted himself down and coolly converted the penalty, sending Michael Crowe the wrong way.
There was a lengthy stoppage due to an injury to Ipswich defender Omar Showumni, who was taken off on a stretcher after being knocked unconscious following an aerial clash.
He was taken to hospital as a precaution.
When play resumed, Derby took the lead – Andy Dales providing the finishing touch after Mason Bennett's shot from a tight angle had been pushed out in the seventh minute of added time.
There was still time for Ipswich to get back on level terms before the break, in similar style, this time Mark Timlin pouncing on the loose ball to score.
The Rams largely dominated the second half.
In the 48th minute, Wixted took advantage of sloppy defending but was denied by Crowe, who then did well to keep out a low drive from Bennett just before the hour.
Hughes was introduced with 20 minutes to go, shortly before Josh Lelan headed narrowly wide from a corner.
Derby struck the decisive blow with just over 10 minutes to go.
Clarke fouled Kwame Thomas 25 yards out and Hanson curled a fine free kick around the wall and into the net, giving Crowe no chance.
DERBY COUNTY: Etheridge, Hayes, Lelan, Hanson, Lowe (Hughes, 69), Dales, Dawkins, Wixted, Sharpe, Bennett (Revan, 89), Thomas. Other subs: Wassall, Johnson, Rawson.
IPSWICH TOWN: Crowe, Hammond, Showunmi (Robinson, 45+5), Clarke, October, Winter, Berkane, Leddy (Willbye, 85), Lawrence, Marriott, Timlin (Galvin, 90). Other subs: Marsden, Ramadan.
REFEREE: A Tankard (South Yorkshire).