Newmains United AFC v Glasgow Irish Football Club
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.