Four-goal haul lifts IGS
IPSWICH Grammar School climbed the GPS Football Premiership ladder with a decisive 5-1 win over Gregory Terrace at Tennyson.
Saturday's game was notable for being Ipswich's most convincing team performance.
It also featured a dominant individual performance by IGS striker Jarrod Norfolk, who bagged Ipswich's first four goals.
"Every Ipswich player rates a mention," said Ipswich assistant coach Kristian Brock.
"They all worked very hard but also very cleverly.
"As defensive players went forward in attack the midfielders tidied up in defence. Terrace must have felt like we had 15 players on the field."
Midfielder Matthew Haspels featured in IGS's first goal when he won the ball at halfway and pushed a pass to Norfolk up front. Norfolk let the ball drift across his body behind the defence before jabbing it into the corner of the net.
"That was the only goal of the half that was dominated by Ipswich who were too fast, too skilful, and more committed than Terrace,'' Brock said.
Ipswich only needed to wait two minutes after the resumption for Norfolk's second goal. It was another clinical finish from wide on the right just inside the 18 yard box.
Substitute Matthew Parkes added some spark when he came on after 15 minutes, forming a dangerous trio with right back Nick Piper and Norfolk, for the next two goals.
On both occasions Parkes and Piper worked the ball up field with sharp passing and one-twos.
Firstly Piper, then Parkes, would be the provider for Norfolk to finish twice in the space of a minute.
The Parkes-Piper combination was not done for the afternoon as they worked with Kye O'Sullivan, who had replaced Norfolk, to score Ipswich's fifth.
O'Sullivan had scored two goals in two minutes for the IGS seconds earlier in the day.
"We have been working on some ideas this season and we are starting to show the benefits of the boys persisting with the structure and seeing how effective it can be,'' coach Jamie Morgan said.
However, IGS will need to be at their best tackling Brisbane State High School at home this weekend. State High are just below IGS on the table.