Glasgow Irish FC have made it through to the semi finals of the Scottish Equality Cup after accepting an invitation to play in this seasons competition against teams from the Scottish Unity League.
The competition is unique in itself with a handicap system in place prior to games kicking off. This means teams start the game with a +goals handicap based on their finishing position in the league table that season.
With GIFC fully behind new concepts this competition has proved to be a worthwhile exercise already for the club and we have found the standard to be of a high quality.
Below is the story of our group games in the lead up to the semi final which we will compete in this coming Sunday.
Group A Matchday 1
Glasgow Afghan 3-v3 Glasgow Irish FC
(GIFC win 6-3 with +goals rule)
Glasgow Irish started this game with a +3 goal difference and a shocking opening 60 mins seen that lead decimated when Afghan stormed into a 3-0 lead at Milton of Glasgow.
GIFC started to adapt to some very windy conditions however and scored 3 goals in the final 30 mins through Kevin Barr, Mark Paterson and Jordan Penny to grab the 3-3 draw on the day but take all 3 points due to the +3 goal handicap.
Man of the match for GIFC was Kev Barr on the day.
Group A Matchday 2
Unreal Madrid 5-3 Glasgow Irish FC
(GIFC win 6-5 with +goals rule)
The Irish were up against the Scottish Unity Leagues Invincibles in Unreal Madrid as they had stormed the league and swept all before them unbeaten this season. A superb feat for any side at any level.
With 10 regulars missing this was always going to be an uphill task for The Irish and they found themselves 0-4 behind with 30 mins left to play.
Cammy McIntyre pulled one back for GIFC when his 25 yard free kick outfoxed the Madrid keeper and found its way into the top corner.
Mark Paterson then buried a penalty after Ryan Mulheron had been hauled to the ground.
Top scorer Paterson then scored direct from a corner kick as GIFC took the win yet again thanks to the +3 goals handicap rule.
Man of the match on the day was Marc Coyne.
Group A Matchday 3
Westfield FC 1-4 Glasgow Irish FC
(GIFC win 7-2 with +goals rule)
GIFC stormed into an early lead against this awkward opponent in Westfield when Chris Gillespie slotted home from the spot.
Goal number 2 arrived when Owen O’Donnell scored an absolute screamer from all of 30 yards to leave the keeper with no chance.
Scott Connolly then raced clear to beat the keeper with a cool finish through one on one.
Chris Gillespie then scored his second of the day with a lovely lobbed finish after being sent clear by Penny.
Man of the match Jordan Penny.
This seen GIFC top Group A and they will now meet Oasis FC in the semi final on Sunday 28th April at Firhill Complex.
Regardless of handicaps etc this has been a great achievement to even get this far given the threadbare Glasgow Irish squad the management has had at its disposal.
We now look forward to this weekend coming fixture.
Mon The Irish