by David Lems
BEING involved with both Ipswich City senior men's teams, Jamie Beahan was thrilled to see the Bulls continue their charge towards the finals.
With two preliminary matches left, the Bulls' Capital League 2 and Reserve Grade sides scored vital victories last night.
Buoyed by the biggest crowd of the season at Sutton Park, the Bulls top side beat Toowong 4-2 after the club's Reserve Graders won 4-1.
That gives the Bulls first graders a chance to finish as high as second. The Bulls Reserves are chasing third spot for the playoff series.
"Another win on the weekend and we should be pretty safe,'' Beahan said.
"They had to work for it. It was just what we needed going into finals.''
Beahan has assisted head coach Norbert Duga with the top side, in addition to overseeing the Bulls Reserve Grade outfit pushing for finals.
"It's a good squad (of 30),'' Beahan said. "Any of the Reserves can step up and do a job when they are needed for Norbs.
"It's a really good balance and depth this year.''
The Reserves team hadn't lost since round 11, to Toowong.
"So we did the number of them last night,'' Beahan said.
Ipswich's MasterChef runner-up Ben Ungermann cooked up a treat for those at last night's game. That helped attract a large crowd to boost the Bulls at the right stage of the season.
"The atmosphere was great,'' Beahan said.
The only setback for the Bulls was having key duo Jimmy Allison (ankle) and Nathan Manttan (cork) leave the field.
The top team's leading goal scorer Ryan Adekoya New added another two, to boost his tally 25 for the season.
Out of the finals' race, the Ipswich Knights toiled hard only losing 1-0 to Brisbane Premier League premiership contenders Peninsula Power at AJ Kelly Park last night.
Peninsula's only goal came in the ninth minute.
State of play
BPL: Peninsula Power 1 def Ipswich Knights 0. Reserves: Unavailable.
CL2: Ipswich City 4 (Ryan Adekoya New 2, Jay Kitching penalty, Ronan Geoghegan) def Toowong 2; Virginia United def Western Spirit 4-0.
Reserves: Ipswich City 4 (Andreas Heider, Brayden Norris, Jack Ryder, Glenn Stenzel) def Toowong 1; Virginia United def Western Spirit 3-0.