Glasgow Irish FC v EK Athletic FC

Glasgow Irish FC welcomed East Kilbride Athletic to Glasgow Green this Sunday past in the league looking to bounce back from a poor opening to the New Year after a diabolical display the previous week against Rutherglen Rovers.

With recent form being far below expectations the pressure was on for The Irish to deliver a performance.

Manager Richie McCabe used some initiative and a change of formation and personnel this week as we looked for improvement in all areas.

The response from the players was clear to see and in 5 mins a great move seen Jordan Penny release Danny Singh and the attackers cross was met by striker Mark Lenaghan who powered a header home. A fine finish from the Irish hitman. 1-0.

On 15 mins Mark Paterson went through on goal and opted to shoot instead of playing the ball to Lenaghan only to see his shot go narrowly wide.

Captain Mark Mullen set the tone for the Irish on the day with some solid tackles. This, coupled with a great shift in the centre of the park by Jack Gordon and Jordan Penny ensured GIFC had control of the game.

The second goal arrived on 37 mins and it was Lenaghan again with the finish. The forward latching on to a poor back pass from an EK defender to round the keeper and slide the ball home from the tightest of angles. 2-0.

Only 2 mins later and the Irish striker seen his shot cannon of the post when many thought the ball was net bound.

HT:2-0

The second half started in the same fashion as the first and Juan Carlos Verdejo seen a volley from distance stopped only by a wonder save from the EK keeper.

Moments later the Irish went further ahead when Danny Singh headed the ball towards goal only for an EK defender to block this effort. It wasn’t to be in vain though and Verdejo smashed the ball into the net to put the Green and White three up. 3-0.

This seemed to shock EK into action and a change of formation seen them come into the game and on 70 mins they pulled a goal back as the pressure on the GIFC rearguard started to pay off. 3-1.

EK then scored again after some defensive uncertainty allowed a sloppy goal to be conceded. 3-2.

This ensured a tight end to the game but GIFC stood firm to see the result through on a day they fully deserved the 3 points.

Something to build on moving forward now for this Irish side.

Man of the match was Mark Lenaghan with Juan Carlos Verdejo and Jack Gordon not far behind.

GIFC: Coyne, Verdejo, Mullen(c), Mulheron, McIntyre, Paterson, Penny, Gordon, Hill, Singh, Lenaghan. Subs: Cairns, Belton, Hogan, O’Donnell, Mclean.

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Media AFC v Glasgow Irish FC

Media AFC v Glasgow Irish FC

Sunday 9th December 2018

Toryglen Sports Complex

Glasgow Irish were away from home on league duty this Sunday past against Media AFC hoping for a change in recent fortunes. Unfortunately come the end of play an all too familiar story had played out despite the best efforts of everyone involved.

Jordan Penny almost opened the scoring with a drive from all of 30 yards in the opening moments only to see the Media keeper make a great save.

Media then went ahead just 15 mins into the game despite Irish appeals for offside. 1-0.

Owen O’Donnell had two good opportunities to draw GIFC level only to see his efforts thwarted by a mixture of good goalkeeping and defending by the Media backline.

On 30 mins Media doubled their lead when the Irish went to sleep at the back allowing the hosts to score with relative ease. 2-0.

Penny and McIntyre were both shown yellow cards for questioning the referee on certain decisions as Irish frustrations grew.

HT:2-0.

The Irish started the second half well and created a host of chances without anyone taking advantage.

Media exploited more weaknesses in the GIFC rearguard when they scored after the Irish conceded possession from their own corner and were cut open too easily to concede a third. 3-0.

Gerry Hughes was introduced as the Irish tried to salvage something and he almost got on the end of a fine McIntyre cross just after coming on.

Top Goalscorer Mark Paterson then drove into the Media box only to be fouled as he was going in on goal. Penalty Irish.

Paterson stepped up and fired home his 12th goal of the season so far from the spot to give GIFC a lifeline. 3-1.

This gave GIFC the shot in the arm that was needed and they scored a second when a wicked cross from full back Cammy McIntyre seen a Media defender turn the ball past his own keeper. 3-2.

Chance after chance fell for the Irish after this but a mixture of poor finishing and bad luck seen GIFC fail to take advantage.

The hammer blow arrived when Media yet again hit the Irish on the break to finish the game with their fourth. 4-2.

A harsh lesson in how to put the ball in the net for GIFC as we slip further down the table.

Positives on the day was a refusal to give up despite being behind at various stages of the game.

Graces Irish Sports Bar Man of the match for GIFC was Martin Hill.

GIFC: M.Coyne, Haadi, D.Keating, R.Campbell, C.McIntyre(c), A.Owens, R.Mulheron, J.Penny, M.Paterson, M.Hill, C.Gillespie. Subs: R.McCabe, G.Hughes, O.O’Donnell.

Glasgow Irish FC v East End Rovers AFC

Glasgow Irish FC v East End Rovers AFC

Championship Division

Sunday 25th November 2018

Nethercraigs

GIFC faced East End Rovers this Sunday past in the league looking to get back on track following a free week. After a recent run of good form the Irish have faltered a little and were aiming to get back to winning ways after a draw and a defeat in the previous two fixtures.

It was East End who raced into an early lead however when a short back pass from Keating was punished as the East End player rounded Coyne to score with ease. 0-1.

In all fairness the Irish responded well and started to play some tidy football but with very little end product.

The visitors went further ahead ten mins later when the Irish were opened up all too easily after a smart passing moved from East End. 0-2.

This spurred GIFC on and several players seen the East End keeper make some stunning saves despite some good efforts on goal.

Skipper Mark Mullen cracked a free kick off the base of the post just before half time as the Irish went looking for a way back into the game.

HT:0-2.

One change at half time seen Mark Lenaghan replace Chris Gillespie and the new recruit gave GIFC a fresh option in the final third.

Time on time again Lenaghan made space for himself and teammates with clever movement and this was integral as GIFC pulled a goal back.

Lenaghan peeled out wide and his cross into the box was expertly headed home by the very impressive Pedro McAlpine. 1-2.

Jack Gordon and Jordan Penny in the Irish midfield put in a lot of hard graft that largely goes unnoticed most weeks. Both players essential for GIFC.

Marc Coyne kept GIFC in the game with a superb save as East End broke away in a rare second half attack moments after the goal.

This gave the Irish a push and more good goalkeeping from the East End keeper frustrated any GIFC efforts.

Despite the Irish having the lions share of possession and chances in the late stages of the game they just couldn’t find any way through.

A very disappointing result for GIFC in a game they should be winning.

All the very best to East End Rovers who were a very well organised opponent.

Graces Irish Sports Bar Man of the match was Peter McAlpine closely followed by debutant Mark Lenaghan.

GIFC:M.Coyne, D.Keating, R.Campbell, M.Mullen(c), C.McIntyre, M.Paterson, P.McAlpine, J.Penny, J.Gordon, A.Owens, C.Gillespie.

Subs: S.Cairns, G.Hughes, M.Lenaghan, C.Welsh, S.Connolly.

Glasgow Irish FC v Pollokshields United

Glasgow Irish FC v Pollokshields United

Sunday 18th November 2018

Scotstoun Sports Complex

Friendly Match

This weekends game seen GIFC take on Pollokshields United in a friendly at Scotstoun after the cancellation of our league fixture due to PFD folding and their withdrawal from the Championship Division.

Everyone at Glasgow Irish would like to offer our commiserations to PFD on this news.

The opportunity of this friendly gave Irish Manager Richard McCabe the chance to give some much needed game time to a few of the GIFC squad. Scott Connolly, Danny Singh and Mark Mullen all returning from injury on the day with a debut for Ryan Campbell at the centre of defence.

The Irish started the game on the front foot and were ahead inside 3 mins.

Scott Connolly squared the ball for Pedro McAlpine to crash the ball home from the edge of the area. 1-0.

GIFC then doubled their lead when the Shields keepers unfortunate clearance fell at the feet of Scott Connolly and he sent a first time shot from all of 35 yards into the net. A cracking opportunists strike from Connolly. 2-0.

The Irish almost went further ahead only for Danny Singh to snatch at his effort from just inside the box.

Jamie Hogan was a constant out ball for the Irish and the big striker held the ball up when possible in what was a hard working first half performance.

Pollokshields then pulled a goal back when poor marking at a corner seen their player score with his second attempt after a fine header was saved by Bennet in the Irish goal. 2-1.

Shields were coming into the game more and more and Jacko Gordon had to put in a good shift in the Irish engine room as the midfield was overrun at some stages.

HT:2-1.

The interval seen Mark Paterson, Cammy McIntyre, Tony Owens and Stephen Cairns introduced for GIFC.

Danny Singh should have scored just after the break after Cammy McIntyre found him with a great cross only to see his shot saved by the Shields keeper.

This worked against GIFC and Pollokshields were to score two goals in quick succession to take the lead for the first time in the game. One of the goals with more than a hint of offside however. 2-3.

Tony Owens and Luna Cairns provided some strong running on the right flank throughout the second half for the Irish and were unlucky not to have more scoring opportunity for their endeavour.

The Irish equalised when Ryan Campbell fired an unstoppable half volley home from 30 yards. A stunning strike to draw GIFC level. 3-3.

The Irish then went ahead when Danny Singh fired in off his teammate after a Mulgrew corner found him in space. 4-3.

Mark Paterson should have put the Irish further ahead when through on goal but elected to chip the ball rather than drive it home.

The Irish were to pay the price for this as the Shields number 18 was left in acres of space to fire a n unstoppable strike into the top corner of the net. 4-4.

FT:4-4.

Without a doubt a fair result on the day in what was a very entertaining friendly.

GIFC still to taste defeat with Mark Mullen as captain and will look to build on a decent result and performance against a strong team.

Man of the match was debutant Ryan Campbell with Scott Connolly a very close second.

GIFC: M.Bennett, D.Keating, M.Mullen(c), R.Campbell, P.Mulgrew, S.Connolly, J.Gordon, P.McAlpine, D.Singh, R.Mclean, J.Hogan.

Subs: C.McIntyre, A.Owens, M.Paterson, R.McCabe, S.Cairns.

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.

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