GIFC-The First Season Thanks

GIFC- The First Season ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
From the Board, Management and Players we would like to offer thanks to the following people and for the contribution made to our first full season in existence. In no particular order we thank the following people for taking part no matter how big or small your input has been. 

Jamie McBride at Autoscot UK, Maccasports, The Secret Dublin Donor, Andy Sherry, Kenny Paterson, Edinburgh Harps, Kelly’s Bar Glasgow, TOGA, Paul McAuley, Lewis Maitland, Tony Cassidy, Sean Belton, Aidan Rodgers, Martin Rice, Mick Denyer, Gary Joyce, Chris Ryan, Taylor Mcginnigle, Ross Marshall, Kevin McCaig, Danny Kelly, Damien Mckay, Josh Reilly, Harry Purves, Danny Singh, Mark Paterson, Stephen Cleary, Gerry Hughes, David Griffin, Stephen Cairns, Richard McCabe, Connor Jack, Stiles Owens, Ryan Owens, Ryan Mulheron, Michael Brock, Kevin Maguire, Tony Deveney, Nancy Lyons, Dan McManus, Stuart Taylor, Jay Armstrong, Steven Birt, Goals Shawlands, Cameron Mooney, John Biggins, Shaun Munro, Mark Cleary, Sean Francis Burns, Ross Daly, Jacko Gordon, Barry Campbell, Kieran Nicol, Matthew Burns, Matthew Barr, Robert Gallacher, Saint Vincent’s, Danielle Boyle, Nicole Drummond, The Lisbon Lion, The Ballbhoys Podcast, Dr. Paul Larkin, The Commercial Inn, Ultras Shop, Matt McGlone, The Irish Voice, Ryan Dolan, Brian Harkins, The Upton Clan, St Roch’s, Coach Exile, Cookstown Celtic FC, Stephen Higgins, Paul Stanton, John Michael Connelly, Bobby Brown, New York CSC, Mire CSC, our followers on all social media and for those fans who have braved our games. For all the donations, buyers of merchandise, Crowdfunding Donors, backers and supporters. 

If we’ve missed anyone sincere apologies. Let’s go again next season. 
Mon The Irish. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Sporting Pumas v Glasgow Irish FC

Sporting Pumas v Glasgow Irish FCTuesday 25th April 2017

Sunday Central Division 2A
This was the final fixture of the Irish debut season with little more than pride to play for after a poor last quarter seen the young side slide down the table. Against a Pumas side going for the league we were always going to be up against it. 

GIFC started the match in promising fashion with Paterson, Owens and Mulheron especially sharp. The Pumas forwards only getting the odd half chance at goal. 

Both Gerrard Hughes and Stiles Owens came close with headers in a closely contested first half. 

HT 0-0. 

The Irish introduced Connor Jack, Michael Brock and Jack Gordon at the break with Stuart Taylor, Gerrard Hughes and Richard McCabe making way. The three who left the field having acquitted themselves well in the first half. 

GIFC fell behind when a nothing shot from the Pumas number two squirmed through goalkeeper David Griffins grasp and into the net for the cruelest of blows. Special mention to our keeper for even starting the game with a broken bone in his hand. 0-1. 

The Irish pushed up the park and could have equalised when Biggins had a header cleared off the line following a wicked Shaun Munro delivery. 

Sporting scored number two when some slack defending let midfielder Chesney curl home a tidy finish from inside the box. 0-2. 

Number 3 for Sporting arrived when a great save from Griffin fell all too kindly for an unmarked Pumas forward. 0-3. 

The Irish kept attacking and Mulheron had a clever effort cleared off the line in the dying moments. 

The players can feel very proud of their efforts in this game against a top side. The club would like to wish Sporting Pumas every success in their quest for the league as they have been by far the best passing side we have encountered. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Mark Paterson closely followed by Jay Armstrong. 

Carluke Thistle v Glasgow Irish FC

Carluke Thistle v Glasgow Irish FCSunday 26th March 2017

Sunday Central Division 2A 

The Irish were away from home this week against Carluke Thistle at the John Cummings Stadium on league duty. With Carluke being one of the more impressive teams we have faced this season the Irish knew this would be a very tough game. 

GIFC started the game very well with debutant Ryan Mulhearn impressing immediately at the back with Cameron Mooney, Ross Marshall and Dan McManus matching with some superb defending. 

David Griffin again showed his worth when a series of Carluke corners were dealt with well by the Irish Keeper. 

Shaun Munro gave the Irish the lead on 30 mins after being teed up inside the box by John Biggins. The young midfielder with goal number 10 of a superb first season in GIFC colours. Munro and Stiles Owens with some seriously hard work down the flanks on the day. 0-1. 

This only served to snap Carluke into life and the equaliser came soon after when some ropey defending was punished by a home midfielder. 1-1. 

HT 1-1. 

Carluke looked the better going forward on the day and exploited more poor defending from the Irish when they took the lead just after half time. 1-2. 

To be fair to the Irish the errors weren’t glaring ones, but were punished all the same. Goal number 3 for the home side though had more than a hint of offside as the Carluke forward raced clear to finish. 1-3. 

To their credit the Irish kept pushing with Stephen Cleary and Ryan Mulhearn going close with long range efforts. The game played out after this and what could have been a powder keg fixture passed without any great incident. 

Special mention must go to the Irish back 4 who managed to keep the prolific Carluke forward Telfer from adding to a massive goal haul this season. 

Some major positives can be taken from Sunday’s performance and the players can feel proud of the days efforts. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Ryan Mulhearn, closely followed by the superb Ross Marshall. 
Mon The Irish. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Glasgow Irish FC v Crownpoint

Glasgow Irish FC v CrownpointSunday 19th March 2017

Sunday Central Division 2A

Scotstoun Stadium Rear
The Irish were at home this weekend versus league leaders Crownpoint looking to improve on a 0-7 thrashing we had taken in the away fixture earlier in the season. 

The Irish welcomed back captain Martin Rice to the starting line up and showed real intent starting with a 3-4-3 formation. With only 2 league fixtures left GIFC are looking to end the season on a positive note following a hard run of games in recent weeks. 

The Irish started well and Crownpoint couldn’t get to grips with the strong running of Shaun Munro and Connor Jack down the left. When the away side did attack, goalkeeper David Griffin was more than capable dealing with any threat coming his way. Ross Marshall, Cameron Mooney and Stuart Taylor all having great starts to the game in the back 3. 

Irish took the lead on 30 mins when a wicked Stuart Taylor free kick found Martin Rice at the back post who bulleted a header off an opposing defender into the roof of the net. 19 goals in 21 games now for Rice. 1-0. 

The Irish should have added to their lead when Connor Jack raced clear of the defence only to shoot straight at the visitors keeper. 

The game took a sinister turn on 40 mins when following a Crownpoint corner the referee was conned into giving a penalty for the most blatant of dives. In the melee that followed he then decided a booking was enough punishment for an opposing player head butting GIFC midfielder Mark Cleary. Utterly shambolic decision making from the official. 

Crownpoint converted the resulting penalty and the teams went in at half time level.1-1

HT 1-1. 

In the restart the refereeing performance went further downhill. This seemed to take a few of the GIFC players heads off the game as bookings and free kicks were being awarded for and against one team only. Mark Paterson, Stiles Owens, Stephen Cleary and Kieran Nicol all came on for the Irish in the second half. 

To their credit the Irish kept attacking but luck wasn’t to be on our side. 

Crownpoint exploited the high Irish line and scored 3 goals on the break late in the 2nd half. 

FT 1-4. 

The Irish management would like to express thanks to our players who yet again showed class in defeat. It’s becoming more and more apparent that some opposing sides haven’t an ounce of restraint in this department. 

Special mention to man of the match Ross Marshall, closely followed by David Griffin. Massive positives can be taken from today in terms of attitude and application. Having to endure some of the decisions given against the team is becoming harder and harder to accept. 

Mon The Irish ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

GIFC Info Update ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

GIFC Info Update
This has been the hardest stage of the season for our team with some poor results and below par performances. Understandably confidence levels have dropped. Things must be put into perspective however. The team is not 9 months old yet and we have the youngest squad at our level without a doubt. We also have a management team who are new to this so errors in judgement have been too many. We have seen squad members come and go so this has always been a work in progress. This is in no way a list of excuses but a small way of explaining where we are at as a club. 

If this was to be looked upon as a social experiment then the support, following and interest we have created has been nothing short of phenomenal. We are known of worldwide and have been encouraged by such support. We also have a solid base of support, mainly through social and alternative media at home here in Glasgow. The recent poor form is hard to take but please be in no doubt plans are already in place to improve our weaker areas both on and off the park. 

Our management team has decided to stay the course and will be doubly eager to start next season with renewed passion and drive. We will look to bring in people we can trust after certain members of the team/Coaching staff left without so much as a goodbye. We promise the players that won’t be the case ever again. 

Next season will see us wear the Ballbhoys Podcast logo on our new home kit. To clear up any misunderstanding this is not a sponsorship but a recognition of our friends at the Ballbhoys Pod. Something unique in amateur football. The team will also be well uniformed in our Matchday tracksuits and bags along with training kit which the players and club done brilliantly well to fund themselves for the most part. 

On the footballing side we have 3 league fixtures remaining. These are against arguably the best 3 teams in the league so there’s an opportunity for the players to regain some pride after our recent difficulties. The hard work and effort the squad have put in since our beginning has been phenomenal. With our first season under our belt and many, many lessons learned we truly feel if we keep the nucleus of the squad together we can approach next year with confidence. Patience and understanding will be needed but there’s no question the hard work and effort will be there. 

We hope we can continue to enjoy the tremendous support and encouragement we have received thus far. 
Mon The Irish. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Glasgow Irish FC v Red Star Baagradeย 

Glasgow Irish FC v Red Star Baagrade Sunday 19th February, Sunday Central Division 2A

Scotstoun Stadium Rear
The Irish were at home this week against Red Star in a game they were expected to win under normal circumstances. What transpired on the day fell way below the standards previous performances had set. 

The game started at a very slow pace with both teams lacking composure in the final third. Danny Singh having the only shot of the first half from distance for the Irish. A lack of passion and drive was clear to see and it came as no surprise when Red Star went one up. 

A free kick from distance crashed off the GIFC crossbar and the Baagrade forward had an easy time of burying the rebound as the GIFC defence stood still. 0-1. 

A goal conceded which only served to highlight the poor form the Irish have been suffering of late. 

HT 0-1. 

The interval seen some harsh words exchanged between the Irish management and players. To their credit the team lifted the tempo in the second half and drew level on 49 mins when captain Martin Rice stepped up to send a wicked free kick beyond the Red Star keeper. Goal number 18 for the big striker this season. 1-1. 

This spurred the Irish into life with Munro and Singh coming to life in the middle of the park.

Irish then went ahead when left back Dan McManus charged up the wing beating 3 men to see his shot deflected into the path of midfielder Ross Marshall who sent a low finish home for a well deserved goal. Marshall getting his rewards for a very hard working performance. 2-1. 

The Irish then lost Martin Rice after an awkward fall seen the forward suffer ankle ligament damage. Kieran Nicol replaced him and joined Mark Paterson up top. 

Defensive frailties were then exposed again when a nothing ball into the box caught the Irish cold and a Red Star midfielder looped a header over keeper Griffin. A truly shocking goal to lose at any level. 2-2. 

Styles Owens, Jack Gordon and Tony Deveney replaced Munro, Marshall and Jack. 

Then came a moment of sheer brilliance from Styles Owens. 

The midfielder won a tackle on the edge of his own box before driving forward and delivering a cross field pass into the path of Mark Paterson who sent a superb finish high into the net. The lively striker with his 7th of the season. 3-2. 

This should have seen GIFC take all 3 points but yet again a ball into the box went unchallenged and allowed an unmarked Baagrade player the simplest of finishes inside the box. 3-3. 

A share of the points probably a fair result on the day. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Dan McManus followed by Stephen Cairns. 
GIFC: Griffin, Cairns, Mooney, Biggins, McManus, Marshall, Munro, Singh, Jack, Rice, Rodgers. 

Subs- Paterson, Deveney, Nicol, Gordon, Styles Owens. 

Gorbals United v Glasgow Irish FC

Gorbals United v Glasgow Irish FC 

Sunday 29th January 2017

Glasgow Green. 

Sunday Central Division 2A

GIFC were away from home in this weeks league match against a strong Gorbals United side after last weeks encouraging cup performance. 

The game started in anything but encouraging fashion when the Gorbals took the lead in 3 mins when midfielder Charles Baldrick sent a 35 yard volley beyond Irish keeper Harry Purves. 1-0. 

This snapped the Irish into life and they hit back on 6 mins when midfielder Mark Cleary broke through the Gorbals defence after a superb pass from younger brother Stephen to guide the ball home for his second goal  in a GIFC shirt. 1-1. 

Both teams were dishing out some unforgiving tackles and it was pleasing to see GIFC match the more physical opponents with no quarter given in any area of the park. 

HT 1-1. 

Mark Paterson and Josh Reilly made way for Ross Marshall and Connor Jack after a hard first half shift on both flanks and the change paid off on 48 mins when Marshall broke down the right and fired over for Connor Jack to glance a header past the Gorbals keeper. The cross from Marshall was perfect and the finish from Jack a real touch of class. 


Martin Rice was causing the Gorbals backline problems all day and should have been more selfish when laying the ball off to the impressive Shaun Munro who was caught offside after the two attackers broke clear of the home defence. 

The Irish got goal number 3 from the penalty spot after Shaun Munro was hauled to the ground inside the box by the Gorbals keeper. Penalty taker Connor Jack stepped up and fired home his 25th goal of the season. 1-3. 

Gerrard Hughes, Styles Owens and Richard McCabe replaced Martin Rice, Shaun Munro and Cameron Mooney before striker Stephen Cleary outpaced the home defence to nutmeg the Gorbals keeper with a wicked finish. The striker with a well earned goal after superb work rate on the day. 1-4. 

Gorbals scored a second after a poor clearance out of defence fell kindly to an oncoming midfielder. 2-4. 

Stephen Cairns then cleared off the goal line in the dying seconds after the Irish had went to sleep at the back. 

FT 2-4. 

A great result and steely performance from GIFC that puts them back to the top of the league although conceding some games in hand. 

Man of the match Mark Cleary followed by John Biggins.