Toowoomba Grammar better than Ipswich's
PREMIERSHIP frontrunners Toowoomba Grammar ended Ipswich Grammar's winning run with a 1-0 victory in Saturday's GPS football clash.
In a game that became a bruising arm wrestle, a solitary header early in the first half was all that would separate the teams.
The match started at a great rate with IGS creating more chances than the boys from on the range. It was a fast, counter attack from Toowoomba however that would draw the first and only blood of the match from a laser-like header.
Ipswich had to call on their substitution bench much earlier than planned when tough midfielder Jordan Anderson suffered what could be a serious shoulder injury.
"Against a side that hasn't been defeated this season it wasn't an ideal start," coach Jamie Morgan said.
"Our striker, Joe Duckworth, had two very good shots on goal in quick succession soon after this, but their keeper was a hard man to get past."
Matthew Haspels came off the bench for the second time in two weeks and made excellent contributions along with Andy Pengelly and Damien Schumacher.
In the second half, Ipswich enjoyed the lion's share of possession and were unfortunate not to draw level from a shot by Maclay Kenman that hit the inside of the goal post but refused to go in.
Ipswich continued to put pressure on Toowoomba whose defence were drawn to concede a red card. It was an indication of the danger Ipswich were posing and TGS coaching staff were animated in the last 20 minutes marshalling their troops to repel the IGS attack.
Morgan attempted to inject new life with his final substitution Alex Parsons, a Year 9 student making his debut in the First XI.
Parsons was equal to the task, showing confidence and skill with two good shots on goal.
Ipswich continued to work hard but their task became even more difficult when Kyle Lewendon was injured and left Ipswich with 10 men as the substitute bench was depleted.
Ipswich hosts Nudgee College in their next game.