Ipswich Grammar School footballers Alex Parsons and Jarrod Norfolk celebrate Parsons’ superb left foot strike.
Ipswich Grammar School footballers Alex Parsons and Jarrod Norfolk celebrate Parsons’ superb left foot strike. CONTRIBUTED

Ipswich Grammar boosts GPS title prospects after beating arch rival

IPSWICH Grammar School players enjoyed their latest victory in the GPS football competition more than usual.

The 3-1 win in the fourth round game was over long-time nemesis The Southport School.

It is the first time Ipswich has beaten the football powerhouse for a number of years.

The win also puts Ipswich back into contention as one of six teams to have two wins this season.

The match did not start well for Ipswich however with the visiting TSS team scoring from outside the 18 yard box in the first five minutes.

Ipswich began to quickly play to their potential and dominated possession and field position for the bulk of the first half.

After 25 minutes, striker Jarrod Norfolk took advantage of the Ipswich pressure and chipped the TSS keeper, who was forced off his line, to draw the scores level.

Norfolk was returning from injury.

"Our attack on the left side was causing them some headaches," said coach Jamie Morgan, "and our left winger Alex Parson was drawing a number of fouls."

It was Parsons who finally broke the deadlock just before halftime when we evaded the TSS defence, which was intent on strong, physical checks.

Parsons slammed home a goal across the front of the keeper diving to his left.

"I was very impressed with how we were dominating prior to halftime," Morgan said.

"There are no certainties in football however, as we've learnt before, and I impressed on the team at the break how important it was to maintain our enthusiasm."

Ipswich began the second half resuming the raids on TSS and being rewarded in the ninth minute with a penalty being given after Parsons was dragged down by two defenders. Captain Tommy Jarrard took responsibility for the spot kick to put Ipswich up 3-1.

Morgan made substitutions and the fresh legs for Ipswich kept the pressure on Southport until the final whistle.

On Saturday, Ipswich plays away to Gregory Terrace at their Tennyson fields with hopes to reproduce the winning formula.