Scotstoun Stadium Rear
Sunday 29th October 2017
GIFC were in cup action again this week with an injury ravaged squad leaving them with only one man on the bench. The attitude the squad have shown in recent weeks suggested this was merely an obstacle to be overcome however.
Airdrie Albion arrived with a growing reputation and deservedly took the lead when a defensive mix up allowed the number 10 to fire home. 0-1.
This only served to spark the Irish into life though and they were level on 30 mins when after some great hold up play by Kev Maguire, Jay Armstrong played in Jacko Gordon who took the ball from the edge of the centre circle and curled a 30 yard shot into the net. Jacko setting the tone for the day with a great goal and even better performance. 1-1.
The Irish went ahead 5 mins later when Ryan Owens won a header on the halfway line and sent Connor Jack racing through on goal. Last seasons top scorer made no mistake with a fine finish, lobbing the Albion keeper from the edge of the box. Pure class. 2-1.
The Irish seemed to fall out of the game in the opening stages of the second half and allowed Airdrie an equaliser when failure to match runners from midfield left the defence exposed. 2-2.
Things got even worse when Albion went ahead after criminal marking at a set piece seen Gallagher beaten from close range.The celebrations from Albion had many watching the game believing they had actually won the League Cup on scoring the 3rd goal. 2-3.
GIFC then stepped things up. Birthday Bhoy Richie McCabe replaced Ryan Owens and a tactical reshuffle seen Paterson move up top. This paid dividends immediately when Connor Jack sent Paterson clear to fire across the Albion keeper and into the bottom corner for an exquisite finish. Great composure shown from the forward. 3-3.
With 10 mins to go the Irish then scored the winner with a great passage of play. Returning defender Stephen Cairns won the ball and played up the line to Jacko Gordon who skipped past 4 Albion players before playing a 1-2 with Tony Deveney. Gordon hit the byeline before squaring the ball across goal for Paterson to fire high into the net for his second of the day. A great move getting its rewards. 4-3.
This was a top performance in a game both teams could have won. The Irish showing the mentality required to finish the job though.
Man of the Match Connor Jack. Followed closely by Jacko Gordon. Maguire, Deveney and Cairns impressive on the day too.
Mon the Irish 🇮🇪