Ipswich Grammar tested by Southport strength
IPSWICH Grammar's First XI football team received a lesson in the school of hard knocks against The Southport School.
In their second match of the GPS season, IGS were matched against the imposing TSS at Southport.
Unfortunately for the red and white side, it was a familiar script and outcome with The Southport School registering a victory 2-1.
As was the scenario in the corresponding match two years ago, IGS were the first scorers and were then faced with the task of holding back the Southport tide.
"Our first goal came against the run of play in the first half,'' IGS coach Jamie Morgan said.
"Southport was pressing forward but we were making them shoot from out wide."
Having weathered the storm of early pressure, the Ipswich pattern of play produced some fast exchanges of passes down both sides of the field.
Striker Beau Finlayson fed a sharp ball to captain Joe Duckworth, whose left foot calmly slotted the goal in the corner of the TSS net.
"We had a few more chances late in that half," said Morgan, "but our main problem was injuries.''
IGS lost centre-back Lachlan Dalgliesh to a knee injury early in the first half.
"Other boys were succumbing to injuries,'' Morgan said.
"Halfway through the second half we had used up our bench and we were covering injuries with positional changes."
Morgan was aware of Southport's physical strength and urged his IGS team to keep their structure and be organised to hold out the expected counter attack from TSS.
A determined Southport came out in the second half playing with greater intensity and quickly scored the equaliser.
The score stayed at 1-1 for most of the second half but injuries were weakening the IGS defensive effort.
A long ball from the TSS keeper fell perfectly into the path of his striker whose pace saw him in the clear with only the IGS keeper to beat. He slotted home the winning goal.
IGS meets a defensively orientated Gregory Terrace at the Brassall fields on Saturday.
IGS must win to keep their season's GPS title hopes alive.