Determined IGS team rewarded
IPSWICH Grammar School's First XI football team consolidated a strong position in the GPS premiership race with a spirited performance against Brisbane Grammar School at their Northgate headquarters.
Ipswich Grammar won 2-1 in a victory that was characterised by Ipswich's determination to run all day and not give the opposition a moment of respite.
The first half was a tight affair with the home team trying to assert a physical dominance in the midfield.
"It was an arm wrestle for the whole game but our boys held their nerve," Ipswich's assistant coach Gary Barnes said.
Ipswich soaked up the BGS aggression and kept their structure in the middle of the park.
"We'd talked about this area of our game all week," coach Nigel Lucas said.
"Against the top teams in this comp we have to improve in this area. Today we managed to be very strong in the middle of the field."
Ipswich's first goal came late in the first half from a penalty awarded to Sam Fellows who attracted the attention of three defenders as he aggressively dribbled into the BGS danger zone.
Fellows took responsibility for the shot on goal and confidently put the ball inside the lunging BGS keeper.
"At half time we were no sure things. Home teams have a habit of coming home strongly in the second half," Lucas said.
This proved to be the case as the BGS left wing managed to pierce the IGS defence 15 minutes into the second period and put the home team on level terms.
Ipswich maintained their resolve and rather than adopting a defensive pattern pressed the attack.
Striker Tom Webster worried the BGS defence on numerous occasions.
One of his attacking raids was rewarded with the winning goal.
Webster managed to keep his feet although pressured by a surging defence, and like last week, find space along the deck and into the net.
Although BGS applied pressure for the last 20 minutes, Ipswich was able to keep their defensive line intact and mount dangerous attacking raids of their own.
"I was very proud of the boys today," Lucas said.
"It was a win for a team who never gave up."