Soccer News of Sunday, 15 March 2015
Ghana winger Albert Adomah scored the second goal for Middlesbrough in their 4-1 thrashing of Ipswich Town in the English Championship on Saturday afternoon.
The 27-year-old smashed the ball home through a ruck of players to make it 2-1 to Boro on the half-hour.
It was his sixth league of the season for Middlesbrough, but as the player relishes the moment he graced his fine show on the afternoon, Boro also ensured their promotion ambitions got on track with the win.
Daniel Ayala gave Boro the advantage with a firm header in the fourth minute before Town’s Daryl Murphy tapped in.
Boro regained the lead through Albert Adomah, who drilled in, before Patrick Bamford struck twice after the break with two brilliant individual efforts.
Town suffered an early blow when keeper Dean Gerken was carried off with an injury suffered during the first goal.
There was an eight-minute stoppage as Gerken, who appeared to collide with one of his players in a bid to reach Adam Clayton’s cross for the goal, received treatment on the pitch.
He was taken off on a stretcher and replaced by Bartosz Bialkowski. Reports later said Gerken was fine but would going to the hospital for a full check.
The delay appeared to give Ipswich’s players time to regroup and they equalised soon after the restart when keeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos parried Jonathan Parr’s shot into the path of Murphy, who was left with a simple finish.
The visitors – who started the day five points off the quartet of Bournemouth, Derby, Watford and Boro – went agonisingly close to taking the lead when Murphy’s shot took a huge deflection and came off the post into the hands of the Boro stopper.
Instead, it was manager Aitor Karanka’s side who made it 2-1 when Ghana winger Adomah gave Bialkowski little chance with a fierce strike.
And after a quiet start to the second period, Boro’s top scorer Bamford extended the advantage when he collected the ball from Jelle Vossen before running into the area and slotting in.