Ipswich Grammar School midfielder Matthew Parkes soaks up the pressure from a BBC defender during their GPS season opener.
Ipswich Grammar School midfielder Matthew Parkes soaks up the pressure from a BBC defender during their GPS season opener. Contributed

Heartbreak for IGS in GPS game that got away

IPSWICH Grammar's School First XI football season started with a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to a determined Brisbane Boys' College outfit at Grammar Arms Park.

It was a match Ipswich will say was the one that got away.

It was a unique, midweek fixture for the GPS competition to avoid a weekend clash with the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli.

Ipswich faced off with the team that they met in the last game of last season that ended in a 3-3 draw. This year's fixture was similarly tight.

After an impressive IGS performance in the first half, the teams went into the sheds at halftime 0-0.

"Our first half was a very determined, honest display,'' coach Jamie Morgan said.

Morgan's positivity was reflected in the statistics with IGS ahead in both time in possession and pass completions.

"When the second half began we were able to quickly turn that possession into points," said Morgan, whose faith in left winger Julio Escobar was rewarded with a bustling goal early after the restart.

Ipswich's second goal came from a penalty earned by a foul on replacement winger Guilano Marconato. Captain Tommy Jarrard converted.

The scoring tide quickly turned against Ipswich however when a 15 minute assault from BBC produced three unanswered goals.

"BBC dominated us for that crucial stretch," Morgan said. "Their size and height was a factor in the air and they transitioned very effectively."

IGS midfielder Matthew Parkes renewed hope for the home team with a spectacular curling free kick from outside the 18 yard box. At that point it looked as though a draw was the likely result until the final BBC raid gained them a penalty that sealed the win.

"I saw plenty of evidence today to believe our team has what it takes to be successful this year,'' Morgan said.

"I'm really looking forward to our next game against Churchie and so are the boys."

IGS tackle Churchie away on Saturday.