Newmains United v Glasgow Irish FC

Newmains United AFC v Glasgow Irish Football Club

Championship Division

Sunday 16th September 2018

Keir Hardie Sports Complex

GIFC were away to Newmains back in September in a league fixture which seen us come up against two of our former players in Jordan Jeffrey and Steven Craven. The Irish had been on a very poor run of form in the lead up to the game so confidence was understandably low within the squad.

GIFC has the first chance of the match when Chris Gillespie was sent clear in the opening minutes only to screw his shot wide.

The Irish were starting to take a real grip of the game and Newmains were struggling to contain Mark Paterson and Stephen Cairns on the right side.

GIFC took the lead when Jordan Penny scored with a bullet header from a Paul Mulgrew corner. 0-1.

This seen Newmains start to push further into the Irish half but any attack was dealt with no problem from the GIFC back line.

On 40 mins the game erupted into life when ex GIFC forward Jeffrey reacted to a poorly timed Mullen tackle. The official issuing a yellow to both Mullen and Jeffrey.

This caused the usual coming together of players from both sides that’s seen most weeks in amateur football. The referee decided to abandon the game at this stage with GIFC in the lead. A very weak decision from the official but one that had to be respected at the time.

With blame at the feet of both sets of players The powers that be from the league have somehow decided to award Newmains the 3 points from this fixture after a meeting which had no representation from any of the GIFC committee.

We are disturbed by this decision so much that a decision must be taken as to whether we continue as a running concern.

How a decision on who is awarded the 3 points can be reached without testimony from both teams is astonishing. Surely a replay to decide the fixture the more pragmatic idea?

GIFC:J.Moodie, S.Cairns, P.Mulgrew, M.Mullen(c), C.McIntyre, M.Paterson, JC Verdejo, D.Keating, R.Mclean, J.Penny, C.Gillespie.

Subs:M.Lochhead, G.Hughes, J.Hogan, C.Moodie, A.Owens.

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Glasgow Irish FC v Eastwood Mearns AFC

Glasgow Irish FC v Eastwood Mearns AFC

Sunday 4th November 2018

Sunday Trophy/Scottish Cup Round 3

New Tinto Park

GIFC welcomed Premier Division Eastwood Mearns to New Tinto Park this weekend looking to avoid a repeat of a 0-9 defeat earlier in the season in another cup competition.

With no less than 11 squad members unavailable for selection this week, Irish manager Richard McCabe has to be shrewd in his work. His job made all the harder with a lack of options.

From minute 1 to minute 45 of the first half the Irish were pegged back in their own half against a vastly superior footballing machine in Eastwood.

Mark Paterson had the only chance of a barren first half for GIFC and should have done better after being sent clear by Jie Moodie.

That it was only 0-3 at half time was a blessing for the Irish given the chances Mearns had.

HT:0-3.

It would have been all too easy for GIFC to throw in the towel at this stage after such a dismal opening period.

Instead they took a hold of the midfield battle and started to ask questions of Eastwood.

Jordan Penny was shoved in the back inside the Eastwood box and the referee awarded GIFC a penalty. One of only a handful of decisions that went the GIFC way all day.

Mark Paterson stepped up and seen his effort saved by the Eastwood keeper. He calmly slotted home the rebound though to keep up his impressive scoring run. 1-3.

Jordan Penny was then sent through by substitute Scott Connolly and will feel he should have done better in on goal.

That was to be the last real chance for the Irish and the game fizzled out all too early.

The game ended in controversial fashion when an altercation between GIFC defender Paul Mulgrew and Mearns forward Chris Chalmers seen both players sent off in the dying moments.

FT:1-3.

A first half horror show from GIFC was improved on vastly in the second half against a side with some real quality.

Man of the match Cameron McIntyre.

GIFC:Coyne, Owens, Mulgrew, Verdejo, McIntyre(c), Keating, Penny, Mclean, O’Donnell, Paterson, Moodie.

Subs:Connolly, Williams, McCabe.

Glasgow Irish FC v Provanmill Thistle

Glasgow Irish FC v Provanmill Thistle

Championship Division

Sunday 21st October 2018

GIFC welcomed Provanmill to Scotstoun this Sunday afternoon on the back of a 4 game winning streak and were in good spirits leading up to today’s fixture.

Squad disruption meant that the Irish were to see the match day personnel change yet again. A major problem in recent weeks has been finding a settled starting 11. Something that surely must be resolved sooner rather than later.

With Thistle sitting second top in the league table GIFC knew full well this would be the hardest test they had faced in recent weeks.

It was no surprise then that the opening stages of the game seen the Irish pinned back as Provanmill took the initiative.

Jack Gordon aside the Glasgow Irish midfield was largely anonymous and this allowed the opponents to dictate the flow of the game.

It was Provanmill who opened the scoring with a very fortunate goal indeed.

Confusion between Lochhead and Coyne seen the keeper fail to keep out a cross that would usually have been easy pickings. 0-1.

This only served to invite more pressure and the back four of Welsh, Verdejo, Mulgrew and Lochhead were constantly busy.

Martin Hill has the unenviable task of leading the GIFC forward line and despite his best efforts the big forward was isolated far too often.

Mark Paterson should have scored when sent clear but his attempted lob couldn’t beat the Thistle keeper.

The forward was to make amends moments later when after racing clear on goal he was hauled to the ground. Penalty Irish.

Paterson stepped up and swept the ball home to give the Irish a lifeline just before the break. 1-1.

HT:1-1.

This should have been the shot in the arm the Irish needed but a calamitous opening ten minutes of the second half seen GIFC ship 4 goals.

Far too many stood off Provanmill and allowed them to pick passes and shots at will.

Goal number 2 seen a Thistle forward stroll through the Irish midfield and defence before rolling the ball underneath Coyne. 1-2.

A ball over the top eluded the GIFC defence for number 3. All too easy for the opponents. 1-3.

Irish conceded the fourth when a deflected shot flew cruelly over GIFC keeper Coyne.1-4.

Provanmill scored their last of the afternoon when the ball broke to a midfielder 22 yards out and he cracked a volley into the net with no Irish challenge in sight.1-5.

This knocked the wind out of GIFC but was no more than they deserved given the failure to turn up on the day from far too many of the squad.

Jie Moodie, Ryan Mulheron, Tony Owens and Chris Gillespie were introduced and this seen the Irish get to grips with the game albeit far too late.

Mulheron and Moodie brought an aggression GIFC had been missing and Moodie was the catalyst in the Irish getting their second.

Moodie sent Owens clear and the Provanmill keeper couldn’t keep the midfielders driven shot out. 2-5.

This gave the Irish some real encouragement and Jordan Penny started to find himself far more involved. With Gordon and Mulheron starting to crack down in midfield, chances started to fall for GIFC.

Chris Gillespie was unlucky on a couple of occasions when through on goal.

The goal of the day was to come though and it was Jie Moodie who stepped up.

Collecting the ball from his keeper the midfielder went past 3 Thistle players and cut inside to send the ball beyond the Thistle keeper who was at full stretch. A goal of real quality ending proceedings on the day. 3-5.

FT:3-5

The Irish only have themselves to blame for today in a game where they stood off an average opponent.

The club would like to remind Jordan Penny of its unending support.

Man of the match for the Irish was Jie Moodie closely followed by Paul Mulgrew.

GIFC: M.Coyne, M.Lochhead(c), J.C.Verdejo, P.Mulgrew, C.Welsh, M.Paterson, D.Keating, J.Gordon, O.O’Donnell, J.Penny, M.Hill.

Subs: J.Hogan, A.Owens, C.Gillespie, J.Moodie, R.Mulheron

New Stevenston Utd v Glasgow Irish FC

New Stevenston Utd v Glasgow Irish Football Club

Championship Division

Sunday 14th October 2018

Dalziel Park

The Irish traveled the short distance to Carfin on league duty this weekend looking to continue a good run of form in recent weeks.

With a sickness bug having hit the squad this week there were some changes required with Martin Hill, Marc Coyne and Jack Gordon coming into the side.

New Stevenston started the better of the two teams and the opening 10 mins seen GIFC under some real pressure. Marc Coyne in goal setting the tone for his display with some assured saves as New Stevenston tried to open the scoring from distance.

The Irish started to get to grips with the vast playing surface with Penny, Hill and Paterson starting to liven up for GIFC.

The opener came after Jordan Penny sent Paterson clear on goal and the forward placed the ball beyond the reach of the opposition keeper with a very tidy finish. Great build up play followed by a superb finish. 0-1.

This settled the Irish down and they started to play some decent stuff.

Number two wasn’t long in arriving and Jordan Penny was the man to get it when a Mulgrew free kick from 25 yards hit the crossbar and fell to him in the box. Penny wasted no time in crashing the ball high into the net. Great awareness from the GIFC midfielder. 0-2.

This prompted New Stevenston to attack more and more and again it was Marc Coyne in the GIFC goal who was equal to everything that got through.

HT:0-2.

The home side started the second half on the front foot and again Coyne was unbeatable in the Irish goal.

GIFC were dealt a blow when defender Craig Moodie was sent off after receiving a second booking.

This made things all the more difficult for the Irish and it was backs to the wall stuff for much of the second half.

Keating and Gordon has to be on top of their game in midfield and thwarted some dangerous attacks time after time.

The hard working Ryan Mclean and Martin Hill were replaced by debutant Owen O’Donnell and Chris Gillespie as Irish Manager McCabe sought to introduce some fresh legs.

It was debutant Owen O’Donnell who put the game to bed with a goal of outstanding calibre.

Marc Coyne sent the ball long from a kick out and O’Donnell latched onto it on the left wing. With everything still to do, the forward went past 4 men before firing home from a very difficult angle with his right foot. A stunning solo goal and already comparisons with former Celtic winger Paddy McCourt who would surely have been proud of this finish. 0-3.

The final 15 mins would see the Irish come under some serious pressure only for Lochhead , Mulgrew, Keating, McIntyre and Marc Coyne to deal with everything the hosts threw at them.

FT:0-3.

Man of the match for GIFC Marc Coyne.

Penny and Mulgrew also impressing on the day for the Irish.

GIFC:M.Coyne, M.Lochhead(c), P.Mulgrew, C.Moodie, C.McIntyre, M.Paterson, J.Gordon, D.Keating, R.Mclean, J.Penny, M.Hill.

Subs: J.Hogan, O.O’Donnell, A.Owens, C.Gillespie, R.McCabe.

Golden Tee FC v Glasgow Irish FC

Golden Tee FC v Glasgow Irish FC

Sunday 7th October 2018

Inverdee Playing Parks, Aberdeen.

GIFC were handed an away tie in this seasons Sunday Trophy. Despite there being a ruling that earlier rounds in this cup would be regional, the squad had to take this strange outcome on the chin and travel some 154 miles at great expense for this 2nd round fixture. Credit to the players for contributing towards the travel costs on the day without hesitation.

After leaving Glasgow early doors with a very optimistic attitude the Irish were to face a very tough test up north.

With some key squad members missing for the Irish, manager Richard McCabe had to be sharp in his selections again this week.

The match started at a frantic pace and the Irish were through on goal twice in the opening minutes.

Mark Paterson and Ryan Mclean both went through on goal with only the keeper to beat but only succeeded in lifting the ball over the bar.

The home side started to dominate proceedings from then on as the Irish midfield was swept aside with no resistance too often.

Jie Moodie made some decent stops in the GIFC goal as Golden Tee piled on the pressure.

The inevitable happened when both the Irish midfield and defence were cut wide open allowing the Tee number 9 in on goal to fire past Moodie. 1-0.

The half came to a close with GIFC fortunate to be only one goal behind.

HT:1-0.

The message from Irish manager McCabe at half time was heard loud and clear and the second half seen a totally different attitude and a level of composure introduced.

Admittedly there weren’t too many chances created by the Irish but in extremely windy conditions and on a very uneven surface, the game was always going to be decided in the midfield.

Drew Keating came to life in the second period and started to find his range of passing.

Juan Carlos Verdejo also started to dominate his midfield area and he was to create the first goal for GIFC albeit with a slice of good fortune.

A long clearance from Verdejo should have seen the Golden Tee keeper make a simple enough collection on the edge of his box. The cruel wind coming in off the North Sea was to take the ball away from him though and Mark Paterson, who was outstanding all game, needed no more encouragement. The striker still had work to do as he latched onto the ball, and despite the best efforts of the Tee defence, he calmly stroked the ball home. Superb composure from the forward. 1-1.

This seemed to deflate Golden Tee and the Irish started to smell blood with Jordan Penny getting on the ball more often and causing problems for the opponent.

Martin Hill replaced Tony Owens and impressed with his direct approach.

Ryan Mclean was yet again a constant threat on the left wing and was unlucky not to have had more success going through on goal.

Goal number 2, and the winner for the Irish, was top drawer.

Matthew Lockhead played the ball over the top from the right side of defence and Paterson was onto it in a flash.

The ball wouldn’t seem to fall but some great improvisation from Paterson seen him lift the ball over a defenders head and with his next touch lob the ball over the Tee keeper and into the net. Utter class from Paterson. 1-2.

This encouraged Golden Tee forward but the Irish defence were up to the task.

With 15 mins remaining the Irish shut up shop, with McIntyre and Mulgrew particularly impressive in defence.

Chris Welsh made his Irish debut and helped shore up the defence in the closing stages.

Despite some late Golden Tee attacks GIFC held it together for an impressive victory against a very physical side.

FT:1-2

Man of the match for GIFC Mark Paterson with Ryan Mclean a close second.

This was a great win on the road for Glasgow Irish and sees a real momentum continue which will only serve us well going forward.

A big thank you to our hosts, Golden Tee FC, for the hospitality and a warm welcome afterwards. All the very best for the rest of the season.

GIFC: J.Moodie, M.Lockhead(c), P.Mulgrew, C.Moodie, C.McIntyre, A.Owens, J.C Verdejo, D.Keating, J.Penny, R.Mclean, M.Paterson.

Subs: J.Hogan, M.Hill, C.Shields, R.McCabe.

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Glasgow Irish FC v Vale Rangers FC

Glasgow Irish Football Club v Vale Rangers FC

Sunday 30th September 2018

Glasgow Green

The Irish welcomed Vale Rangers to Glasgow today on league duty. With Vale standing a good few places above GIFC this was always going to be a tall order.

Last weeks first league win of the season had given the Green and White some major encouragement however and hopes were high for consecutive wins.

No less than 3 late call offs from GIFC players meant Richie McCabe has to reshuffle his pack yet again. Problems the young manager can do without.

The game started badly for the Irish when inside 8 mins Vale went ahead.

A simple ball over the top caught the Irish back line cold and Mulgrew was outpaced by the Vale number 9 Logan who raced clear to finish with ease. 0-1.

Less than 3 mins later Logan again went through one on one and sent a cool finish beyond Moodie.0-2.

The Irish were yet to waken up and after some harsh words amongst the players things took a turn for the better.

Strong play on the left from Ryan Mclean sent Jordan Penny through on goal and the Irish midfielder was to be taken down inside the box. Penalty Irish.

A cool head was needed and Mark Paterson stepped up to fire home bringing GIFC back into the game. 1-2.

This gave GIFC a major boost and the game was level minutes later with a goal of the highest quality.

Ryan Mclean went past two opponents cutting inside from the left wing. With it all to do the midfielder opted for the scenic route and sent a screamer of a right foot drive high off one post and into the net via the other leaving the Vale keeper without a hope. A better goal you will struggle to see all weekend. 2-2.

This brought the game into half time level. Probably a fair reflection of an action packed first half.

HT:2-2.

Vale started the second half the stronger of the two teams but the Irish defence of Lockhead, Mulgrew, Mullen and McIntyre took everything Vale flung at them. With midfielder Verdejo protecting his back four with a constant covering of opposition runners.

Keeper Jie Moodie was very impressive again today, not letting a thing drop in the Irish box.

GIFC took the lead when a period of pressure finally paid off.

Mulgrew’s corner was only partially cleared and in a goalmouth scramble Jordan Penny latched on to a Ryan Mclean knock on and hooked the ball over his shoulder and past the Vale keeper. Fantastic opportunism from Penny. 3-2.

On 80 mins Mark Paterson grabbed his second of the afternoon when he won the ball in midfield and raced clear of a very tired Vale defence to crack home from just inside the box. Superb composure from the Irish forward under some pressure given today’s fixture. 4-2.

Five minutes later and it was all over.

Chris Gillespie stole possession from a Vale defender and advanced in on goal. The striker drew the keeper out before firing into the roof of the net with an emphatic finish. A well deserved goal for the frontman. 5-2.

FT:5-2.

A top performance from GIFC and a welcome 3 points.

Man of the match was Ryan Mclean today. Mark Paterson a close second.

GIFC: Moodie, Lockhead, Mulgrew, Mullen(C), McIntyre, Paterson, Verdejo, Keating, Mclean, Penny, Gillespie. Subs: McCabe, Hogan, C.Moodie.

Next week the Irish travel to Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup v Golden Tee FC hoping to continue the pick up in form.

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Glasgow Irish FC v Bardykes Rovers

Glasgow Irish FC v Bardykes Rovers

Glasgow Green, 23 September 2018

Sunday Central Championship

The Irish welcomed Bardykes to Glasgow Green still searching for the first victory of a very frustrating opening period to this season. The fixture falling on the September Weekend made things all the harder for GIFC manager Richard McCabe with no less than 9 players unavailable leaving GIFC with a playing squad of 13 for the day.

Bardykes had recently strengthened their squad with a number of the recently folded Calderside players which made the game all the more difficult for an Irish side very low on confidence.

Despite some great football being played in the opening fixtures GIFC have taken some heavy fire results wise.

The opening stages of the game seen both sides try to suss each other out and a midfield battle was to begin with Williams and Mulheron getting on top of a very skilled Bardykes midfield two.

The GIFC defence of Owens, Mulgrew, Mullen and McIntyre were resolute throughout and exploited the offside trap time on time again.

Chances were few and far between but the ever impressive Paterson shot just wide after strong link up play involving Penny and Hughes.

HT:0-0

The start of the second half seen Bardykes pile the pressure onto The Irish in the first 15 mins. GIFC held firm however and started to make telling passes with almost every attack.

The opening goal came in the 65th minute and it was well worth the wait.

Tony Owens won the ball on the right wing and advanced forward. His pass inside found Gerry Hughes and despite an awkward bounce, the big striker left the Bardykes keeper rooted to the spot with a stunning volley into the corner of the net. A well deserved goal for the Irish frontman who ran himself into the ground on the day. 1-0.

This only served to anger Bardykes and they started to test the Irish defence with some clever through balls.

Pressure soon payed off in the cruelest of fashions.

A stray the ball into the box fell to Irish captain Mullen and his clearance took a wicked deflection off a Bardykes forward to loop over GIFC keeper Moodie. 1-1.

In previous weeks the Irish may well have faltered or just played for a draw but a new found spirit only served to drive them on today.

The Irish took a well deserved lead when some great play down the left from the outstanding Ryan Mclean seen him feed the ball to Mulheron. Some great vision seen Mulheron find Jordan Penny who raced clear on goal. With plenty left to do the Irish midfielder left the keeper with no chance when he calmly passed the ball into the net. A superb finish. 2-1.

This pushed Bardykes on again and keeper Jie Moodie, fantastic again today, made a great save one on one with an opposition forward.

The Irish almost went further ahead when Kevin Williams smashed a header off the bar from a Mulgrew corner.

The game was over as a contest as goal number 3 arrived for GIFC.

Mclean burst into the Bardykes box and would surely have scored himself had he not been hauled to the ground. His pace too much to handle for the opponents defence.

Mark Paterson stepped up and cooly sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot. Another who thoroughly deserved his goal after some hard work throughout. 3-1.

FT:3-1.

This was a much needed win for Glasgow Irish and one which should hopefully see them start to push on.

Man of the Match today was Gerry Hughes with Jordan Penny a close second. Mullen and McIntyre superb at the back for the Irish too.

Next week sees the Irish welcome Vale Rangers in another important league game.

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