RISING FORTUNES: Ipswich Grammar School midfielder Oliver Bond flies high to win the header during the GPS football match with Brisbane High.
RISING FORTUNES: Ipswich Grammar School midfielder Oliver Bond flies high to win the header during the GPS football match with Brisbane High. Contributed

IGS in top spot to challenge for title

IPSWICH Grammar School edged its way to the top of the GPS football ladder with a 4-3 victory over Brisbane State High School.

Saturday's win gives IGS sole possession of the competition lead with four wins from five games.

IGS has three games left in the season.

Most of Ipswich's highlights came in a five minute purple patch shortly after the start of play that yielded three goals.

The first goal came from a switch in play from the right wing that brought left back Ben Button into action.

Left wing Alex Parsons provided the link down field and Button kept pushing forward, finally exchanging short passes with IGS striker Jarrod Norfolk. The defender threaded the needle between the BSHS keeper and the near post.

Minutes later, a Norfolk pass put Parsons in the clear whose reliable left boot scored IGS's second goal in the right side of the net.

Ipswich attacked again from a line clearance from Button that put Wilfred Kouakou away down the right wing.

Kouakou reversed play to Parsons' left wing who had time and space to blast his second goal and Ipswich's third.

Brisbane State High struck back almost immediately however with a goal scored from a corner.

"The period after BSHS's goal was dangerous for us,'' IGS coach Jamie Morgan said.

"The goal gave them some heart and they really raised the physical intensity of the game.

"To our team's credit we let our football do the talking and did not get dragged into any verbal stoushes."

During the first half, IGS conceded a penalty. Ipswich's keeper Jamie Stephen fearlessly blocked the BSHS shot to keep the margin at 3-1.

The IGS focus paid off with six minutes to go to the halftime break when the skill and persistence of Norfolk, last week's scorer of four goals, got Ipswich's scoreboard ticking over again.

The drama continued until the final whistle with BSHS scoring a goal from a free kick to bring the margin to one goal but time had run out for the Brisbane team.

"It wasn't our best performance," Morgan said.

"Our early goals showed what we can do, however Brisbane, to their credit, made life very difficult for us."

Brisbane Grammar School is the next opponent for IGS in their last home game for the season on Saturday.