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.
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.