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.
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.
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