IGS 1st XI player Tommy Jarrard (right) in action in his team’s opening round loss.
IGS 1st XI player Tommy Jarrard (right) in action in his team’s opening round loss. Contributed

Ipswich boys suffer close opening loss

THE GPS football season kicked off for the Ipswich Grammar School First XI in a disappointing fashion against a determined side from Churchie.

In hot conditions, Churchie claimed a 1-0 victory.

The game began at a fast pace with Ipswich having the majority of the field position, with captain Joe Duckworth and left winger Kyle Lewendon having some half chances early. At half-time, IGS coach Jamie Morgan gave his team a simple message.

"I told them that I wanted us to control the ball in the midfield more," Morgan said. "We had shown our long passing game was working but I thought the short game was where we could win."

However, the second half started badly for IGS with a penalty awarded to Churchie for a handball.

"At that phase in the game Churchie looked more in control,'' Morgan said. "They were able to sit back and concentrate on hanging on to their lead.

"They marked us closely and made it very difficult for our boys to maintain the control we were looking for. All credit to them."

Ipswich has a bye this weekend before tackling The Southport School at Southport.

"Southport are always a very strong opposition," Morgan said. "But our team are capable of beating anyone if we play to our ability. We'll be working very hard over the next fortnight to make sure we are ready."