Ipswich Grammar School defender Nick Piper makes a spectacular header during his team’s hard-fought 1-1 draw with Brisbane Grammar at Brassall.
Ipswich Grammar School defender Nick Piper makes a spectacular header during his team’s hard-fought 1-1 draw with Brisbane Grammar at Brassall. Contributed

IGS holds nerve in GPS thriller

IPSWICH Grammar School's First XI had to settle for a 1-1 draw after an arm wrestle with Brisbane Grammar in their latest GPS football match.

Brisbane Grammar fielded a large and powerful squad that would not have looked out of place in the 15 man code.

Ipswich had to work on wearing them down over the 80 minutes.

In the early stages IGS made life difficult for the BGS defence with fast men Alex Parsons and Wilfred Kouakou getting loose on the wings.

Midfielders Matthew Haspels and Daniel Hall were also working hard to set up their wide men.

BGS however opened the scoring after 32 minutes of play after Ipswich had dominated possession with their passing game.

BGS had relied on the long ball and their size to create chances but did not look like they were going to crack the IGS defence.

Their shot on goal came from some excellent individual skill of their striker to put them up a goal going into the break.

In the dressing shed, coach Jamie Morgan told the team that they were being tested.

"There was no doubt we had the capacity to win if we started playing better football,'' Morgan said.

"If we kept on the ball, and moving it quickly, the opportunities would come."

The message was still resonating in IGS ears when they launched an attack in the first minute of the second half from deep in their own territory.

Several players, including Nick Piper, Oliver Bond and finally a precision pass from Kouakou, put Parsons into the box on the left. From a seemingly impossible angle, Parsons worked some magic with his left boot to beat the defence and the keeper.

Ipswich Grammar manager John Acutt praised the team.

"Ipswich kept working and building pressure on BGS who were forced to focus solely on their defence for most of the second half,'' Acutt said.

"The last 10 minutes were thrilling. IGS were full of running and committed to every tackle but the goal well had run dry for the afternoon.''

It was Ipswich's last home game for the season.

The single point kept IGS on top of the ladder but level with Brisbane Boys' College.

Ipswich have two more games in the season and BBC have one plus a bye.

On Saturday, IGS travel to Toowoomba to battle with Toowoomba Grammar School in a season-defining game.

 



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