Gallant last victory unable to secure IGS title

IPSWICH Grammar School's First XI did what they had to do to finish the season.

They produced a dominant performance in their final game against Nudgee College to win 2-0.

Ipswich was hopeful that the game at Nudgee would decide the premiership for them.

However Toowoomba Grammar School had already secured first place with an extra-time win against The Southport School the day before.

"As they say in the sporting classics, we were playing for pride," Ipswich coach Jamie Morgan said.

"I was most hopeful, that regardless of the outcome we could finish the GPS season with a good performance."

The match was played on a heavily grassed pitch and IGS took some time to adjust to the slow pace of the ball across the ground.

"Eventually chances came but they were wasted,'' Morgan said. "Maybe the track had something to do with our footwork in front of goal."

The teams went into the break 0-0 and the message to Ipswich was to keep working on the passing game and to play the ball wide. With the wind behind Ipswich and a confident opening few minutes to the second half, Ipswich camped around the Nudgee goal and earned a corner.

The cross was delivered by right winger Wilfred Kouakou, to IGS captain Tommy Jarrard, who leapt high to head the ball into the back of the net inside the near post.

Ipswich nerves appeared to settle and they continued to work hard getting the ball forward across the shagpile service.

In the 17th minute of the half, fast clearance from the Ipswich defence put Kouakou one on one with the centre back. Kouakou slipped by the defender and clinically placed the ball wide of the keeper.

"That goal was a great relief,'' a relieved Kouakou said. "I should have scored in the first half and was very grateful a second opportunity presented itself.''

IGS were kept to the two goal winning margin thanks to the efforts of the Nudgee keeper who saved some thundering shots on goal in the last 15 minutes.

"We've had a very good season," Morgan said.

"This competition is a hard one to win. Toowoomba were a very strong outfit and are deserving winners, but an ounce of luck our way could have put us in the winner's circle."

Ipswich finished in outright second place but are still alive in the Uhlsport Cup competition.

"It's a comp we made it to the finals in last year," Morgan said. "We'll be staying focussed on doing well again."