Football: Cambridge cowed: Marshall law gives Ipswich authority

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Cambridge United. . .0

Ipswich Town. . . . .2

(Ipswich win 4-1 on aggregate)

THERE have been some heady cup nights in recent years for Cambridge at the Abbey Stadium. But a measured performance by their Premier League visitors ensured that last night was not one of them.

The Second Division side, who reached the quarter-final of this competition last season, had entered this second leg with only a 2-1 deficit. However, their hopes vanished soon after the break when Ian Marshall put the visitors 3-1 up on aggregate.

Five minutes from time the point was driven home when Marshall crossed from the left to allow Chris Kiwomya to score a simple, but long-awaited goal - only his second in 19 games.

United's Simon Livett created the first clear chance of a hectic opening half. His clipped pass through the centre of the Ipswich defence in the 17th minute encouraged Junior Hunter to demonstrate his turn of speed, but Craig Forrest came out alertly to smother Cambridge's hopes.

Six minutes later, Stuart Slater produced the kind of veering run down the left which made him the darling of Upton Park a couple of years ago. But his shot was more reminiscent of Parkhead days.

Ipswich gained satisfaction four minutes into the second half when Geraint Williams prodded the ball into the Cambridge box and Paul Mason supplied Marshall, who scored his sixth goal of the season.

Cambridge United (1-4-2-3): Filan; Jeffrey; Rowett, O'Shea, Daish, Barrick (Fowler, 80); Clayton, Livett; Danzey (Nyamah, h/t), Claridge, Hunter. Substitute not used: Sheffield (gk).

Ipswich Town (4-4-2): Forrest; Stockwell, Wark, Linighan, Thompson; Mason, Milton, Williams, Slater; Marshall, Kiwomya. Substitutes not used: Yallop, Whitton, Baker (gk).

Referee: M Pierce (Portsmouth).