ON TARGET: Ipswich Grammar player Wilfred Kouakou scored two goals in his team’s vital win over Gregory Terrace.
ON TARGET: Ipswich Grammar player Wilfred Kouakou scored two goals in his team’s vital win over Gregory Terrace. CONTRIBUTED

IGS footballers answer challenge to play with pride

IPSWICH Grammar School's GPS football side heads to Brisbane State High anxious to start a winning streak.

That follows a much-needed 4-1 victory over St Joseph's Gregory Terrace in an open and skilful game last weekend.

Terrace were the team that drew two weeks ago to The Southport School, the side that last week defeated IGS.

Ipswich Grammar were set for an arm wrestle against an opposition noted for tight defence.

Ipswich's passing game in the midfield and their lateral movement across the park stretched Gregory Terrace in the early phases of play.

From a corner, Beau Finlayson swept onto a loose ball to gain the first advantage.

IGS coach Jamie Morgan's pre-game message had worked in the first half.

"Before the game I challenged them to play good football, for the sake of the season and for some pride," he said. "But to tell you the truth I wasn't happy with one goal at half-time. Last week's memory was still too fresh."

Morgan's memory of Southport's comeback was further refreshed when Terrace hit back quickly after half-time and the script was looking familiar.

However, the similarities with last week's game ended there.

Midfielders Joe Duckworth, Andrew Pengelly and Tommy Jarrard brought composure and confidence to the IGS squad.

"We started to create some genuine chances," said IGS assistant coach Kristian Brock.

"Some substitutions worked very well for us. I was particularly impressed with Jordan Anderson who got vital possession for us several times.''

Wilfred Kouakou starred for IGS.

"He's a Year 9 boy with lots of skill, pace and imagination," Brock said.

Kouakou scored twice in five minutes, feeding off passes from Duckworth.

"His second goal was excellent," said Brock, "because he took the ball into the box at pace and beat the keeper over his head at the near post."

Ipswich's last goal was a just reward for the defence who made several contributions to the attack all day.

The movement was created by Matthew Parkes down the right wing who placed a sharp cross to the top of the six yard box to left-back Nick Piper who was looking to make a contribution up front.