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Report: Blues Under-18s 4 Ipswich Town Under-18s 2

Our cutting edge in front of goal was really pleasing, taking our chances when they came and it gives us momentum.

Martyn Olorenshaw

Birmingham City Under-18s beat Ipswich Town in the Professional Development League on Saturday afternoon.

Leonardo Dos Reis hit a first-half hat-trick before Kieran Wakefield added goal number four after the break in an impressive performance.

The Spaniard opened the scoring with a smart finish through a crowded penalty area and it appeared that would have Blues set. However, a quick turnaround from a strong Ipswich side meant that Dos Reis' second was an equaliser.

Reacting quickest to a deflected free-kick, the striker moved swiftly behind the backline, finishing clinically for the leveller.

Clearly with a taste for goals, he completed an opening-45 treble by finishing off a flowing team move. Blues progressed the ball from back to front, with Rico Patterson's exceptional reverse pass allowing Dos Reis to convert first time.

Wakefield's second-half effort then wrapped up the points amidst increasing Tractor Boys pressure at Wast Hills.

The success at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre made it back-to-back wins after Blues had beaten Colchester United on the road seven days earlier.

And Assistant Coach Martyn Olorenshaw was pleased with how the team kicked on from the win away to the U's last time out.

He said: "I'm really pleased with the boys backing up Colchester, it was an even better performance this week. Ipswich are a good team and both teams wanted to play. I'm delighted for the boys really. They put a lot into the game and got their rewards."

Olorenshaw went on to pinpoint a number of aspects from the weekend's display that particularly impressed him. 

He explained: "Our cutting edge in front of goal was really pleasing, taking our chances when they came and it gives us momentum. We controlled large parts of the first-half, they had moments but we were in control. Second-half they threw the kitchen sink at us and we stood up to it. We showed some real steel."

There was also individual praise for Dos Reis, whose three goals proved pivotal in the game's outcome.

Olorenshaw told BCFC.com: "He's played a couple of games for us. I'm delighted for him to get some goals, they were really good finishes as well. I am really pleased for him and none of the finishes were just given to him."

With a quartet of matches remaining in Blues' season, the Coach outlined his ambition between now and the campaign's conclusion.

He said: "If we win all four games then we can win the league, but the aim is to get into the top two. If we do, then we get into the play-offs. It would be an amazing achievement. If we get through Watford then we've got a good chance. But we will just take each game as it comes and give the players all the information they need. We won't go over the top and we will try out hardest."

Blues: Mayo, Oakley (Sullivan 46), Fogarty, Nguepissi, Barratt, Chang (Hamilton 46), James, Hall, Willaims, Dos Reis (Wakefield 55), Patterson.

Unused substitutes: Manton.

Goalscorers: Dos Reis, 10, 20, 35, Wakefield 75.

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