Watched by a plethora of well known faces including Andy Scott, Paul Buckle, Steve Coppell and Ray Harford and with Uwe Rosler also in attendance, some fine football was played and an entertaining encounter ensued.
The Bees went agonisingly close to recording their 5th Development League Win in a row, but just like the first team three days previous they conceded a last gasp goal in a 2-2 draw.
After a bright Ipswich start it was the Bees who ran the show for most of the first half and had several early opportunities to take the lead but were unable to convert. The lively Antonio German side footed an excellent Jake Reeves low cross inches wide on 17 minutes and Leon Redwood fired in to the side netting a minute later from close range.
On 22 minutes a right sided corner from Sam Griffiths saw German rattle the cross bar with a firm header then on 25 minutes Manny Oyeleke struck over the bar with a drive from the edge of the area.
A Bees goal looked imminent and on 28 minutes finally arrived when Redwood, who troubled the Ipswich defence all afternoon, delivered a dangerous right sided free kick which Oyeleke flicked on with the ball taking a wicked deflection in to the net off of the unfortunate but aptly named Dave October.
On the half hour mark Redwood saw a fizzing twenty yard drive pass just wide and as the Bees continued to press Griffiths 36th minute close range header drew a decent reflex save out of visiting keeper Aaron Lee-Barrett. The tractor Boys had created little up to this point but immediately broke to the other end of the field and Byron Lawrence produced a curling shot which Richard Lee saw strike the inside of a post but thankfully roll back across goal to safety.
At the other end Lee-Barrett was called in to action again on 43 minutes and did exceptionally well to hold on to a drilled low drive from German.
Sloppy work from the Bees defence a minute later allowed the visitors back in to the game though, and Jack Ainsley netted the equaliser with a simple side foot from a left wing cross to send Ipswich rather undeservedly in level at the break.
Brentford shuffled their pack a little at half time and Antoine Gounet replaced Richard Lee with Luke Norris coming on for Jimmy Spencer.
Oyeleke also switched positions and moved to right back with Kevin O'Connor pushing in to midfield. Buoyed by their goal Ipswich started the second period well and should really have taken the lead on 62 minutes but Cormac Burke somehow side footed wide from a Lawrence cross when it looked easier to score.
Brentford, with Reeves a dynamo in the middle of the park, regained control once more though and on 70 minutes got their noses back in front again when Stuart Dallas, showing classic wing play, placed a delightful centre for Norris to head home for his 3rd goal of the season.
Dallas himself had a half chance to wrap things up completely on 78 minutes but fired over the bar having pounced on a loose ball in the box.
Charlie Adams replaced Redwood in the dying minutes before with what transpired to be virtually the last kick of the match Ipswich equalised once more. The electronic clock showing 90 when Lawrence, their best player, out of nothing conjured a twenty five yard pile driver in to the bottom left corner and past Gounets despairing dive.
Late goals seem to be the order of the day at Griffin Park lately so best not leave to the final whistle next time you visit !
Team - Richard Lee, Kevin O,Connor, Scott Barron, Sam Griffiths, Aaron Pierre, Jake Reeves, Emmanuel Oyeleke, Stuart Dallas, Antonio German, Jimmy Spencer, Leon Redwood.
Subs - Antoine Gounet (for Lee h/t), Luke Norris (for Spencer h/t), Charlie Adams (for Redwood 86 mins). Unused - Alfie Mawson, Josh Clarke.
Man of the match - Jake Reeves.
BIAS Reporter John Hirdle