GIFC v Cranhill United

Glasgow Irish FC v Cranhill UnitedPremier Qualifying Section

Scotstoun Stadium Rear, Sunday 6th August 2017

The Irish were at home in the opening competitive fixture of the season today against a strong Cranhill side. The young GIFC side were to learn plenty in the ways of hard luck by the end of the 90 mins. 

The opening 10-15 mins seen the Irish hold Cranhill in their own half without finding a cutting edge in front of goal. Mcenaney and Singh were lively for GIFC and Paterson was unlucky not to get on the end of some clever through balls from midfield. 

The cruel fate the Irish have encountered of late struck again on 20 mins when a Cranhill midfielder was left unmarked to head the ball in off the upright from a corner. 0-1. 

The Irish pressed from centre but were sucker punched when the Cranhill forward broke free to lob keeper Barr from just outside the box despite there being more than a hint of offside. 0-2. 

HT 0-2. 

Kelly replaced Deveney and Bletsas came on for the injured Sean Belton who again had been impressive at full back. Paterson looked lively when moved to right midfield causing the Cranhill defence to remain sharp. 

Some nice flowing football went through the midfield with no end product for GIFC. 

Both teams were reduced to 10 men with skipper Mulheron sent off for very little. 

Cranhill went further ahead when another corner was poorly marked and the free man slotted home. 0-3. 

GIFC can learn plenty from today’s game and take heart from never letting the heads go down. 

Cranhill deserved winners on the day. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Matthew Kelly. 

GIFC- Kelly, Belton, Mulheron, McCabe, Cairns, Deveney, Singh, Mcenaney, Jack, Dolan, Paterson. 

Subs- Haughey, Maguire, Kelly, Bletsas. 


GIFC v Strathclyde West

Glasgow Irish FC v Strathclyde WestSunday 30th July 2017. Scotstoun Stadium Rear. 
GIFC were at home in their last pre season fixture of the summer following a run of 6-1, 6-1 and 9-1 defeats in the previous friendly fixtures. Confidence was understandably low going into yesterday’s match. The lack of a regular starting 11 and most importantly a regular goalkeeper has had a massively negative impact on the Irish. 

Stuart Cartwright was drafted in between the sticks and he was to have a superb game as GIFC secured the only positive result of a harsh pre season schedule. 

The game started at a fast pace with Deveney on the left for the Irish showing some strong running at his opposing full back. Steph Cairns behind him had a solid debut for the Irish too. Deveney himself had a goal chopped of for offside when the Irish midfielder was clearly on. 

Connor Jack missed a few chances where last season he would have certainly done better. Dan McDonald also came close as the Irish put pressure on their opponents. 

Chance after chance was wasted and the Strathclyde West keeper made some very impressive saves throughout the first half. 

HT 0-0. 

The Irish went behind almost immediately after the restart when Stuart Taylor was penalised for a handball inside the box. Cartwright had no chance as the West defender sent a penalty hard and low into the net. 0-1. 

To their credit the Irish responded well with Mcenaney pulling the strings in midfield. Kelly, Haughey, Dolan and Owens came on and tried to change the complex of the game with some success. The lively Danny Singh had two shots from the edge of the box blocked before the keeper saved from Connor Jack. The latter then missing a free header from all of 3 yards to compound some terrible luck in front of goal. 

Time was ticking away and with 8 mins remaining the Irish were to draw level. Connor Jack fired the ball across goal which former GIFC player Jack Gordon somehow managed to scoop over his keeper and into the net for a very unfortunate own goal. 1-1. 

Credit to West as they pushed forward after this and forced Cartwright into a string of decent stops. 

Irish were denied a stonewall penalty when Ryan Owens was tackled from behind inside the penalty area only for the referee to wave play on. A truly astonishing decision from the official. 

The draw flattered Strathclyde West if chances were the marker for success. They did cause GIFC plenty of problems however. 

Our league group campaign begins next Sunday at home to Cranhill. 

The Irish can only continue to work hard and try to fight our way out of this slump. The management has every faith in the players to recover in good time for the start of our league campaign. Drawn against the Premier League champions Overlee Partisans, league winners Cranhill and Castlemilk United the Irish couldn’t have asked for a tougher group. Some hard times ahead for the team but we must remain resolute. 

Mon The Irish. 🇮🇪

GIFC-Cartwright, Belton, Mulheron (c), Taylor, Cairns, MacDonald, Mcenaney, Stiles Owens, Deveney, Jack, Singh. 

Subs- Dolan, R.Owens, Kelly, Haughey. 

GIFC-The First Season Thanks

GIFC- The First Season 🇮🇪
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. 🇮🇪

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. 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪

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 🇮🇪

GIFC Info Update 🇮🇪

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. 🇮🇪