GIFC v Eastend Star

Glasgow Irish FC v Eastend Star

Sunday 14th January 2018

Scotstoun Stadium Rear

Premier 3

The Irish welcomed league leaders Eastend Star to Scotstoun this weekend looking to get the second half of the season off to a positive start. Second bottom versus top of the pile would normally have suggested long odds on any Irish success. Recent changes in attitude from a group of players who have had a hard run this season have given great hope for the future however.

GIFC kicked off and were immediately pegged back by a slick footballing side in their opponents. Keeper Kevin Gallagher and his defence having to stay alert to snuff out some early Star attacks.

The Irish were to grow into the game with Connor Jack starting to make some progress on the left wing with some strong running at the Eastend fullback. Danny Singh was also making life very hard for the opposing defence and could have given the Irish the lead had he been more fortunate with some half chances going through on goal.

Eastend Star took the lead on 30 minutes when their number ten, a class act all afternoon, ran through the Irish midfield and defence to crash the ball high into the net. A goal of real quality from the midfielder. 0-1.

This didn’t deter the Irish however and they drew level 10 minutes later when Paterson showed superb composure to fire underneath the keeper after being played in by the impressive Danny Singh. 1-1.

Just before the interval the referee was to leave his own mark on the game by booking Mulheron and Armstrong with both players having done very little to merit this.

Connor Jack was then hauled to the ground only to see play simply waved on. After challenging the referee on this GIFC manager Paul Mulgrew was sent from the side of the park in another strange decision.

HT:1-1

The Irish has to reshuffle at half time due to an injury to full back Boyd. Kevin Maguire entered the play to give GIFC some much needed physicality up top.

Within 3 minutes of the restart the Black and Green were down to 10 men when Jay Armstrong received a second booking. Far worse tackles went unpunished throughout the match for both sides. Another very strange decision by the official.

Both sides had plenty of the ball with very little in the way of clear cut chances and the draw was looking the likely outcome until Eastend broke through and scored with virtually the last kick of the ball. 1-2.

A very frustrating day at the office for the Irish but one the players can take great positives from as they matched top of the league all over the park for long periods.

All the best to Eastend Star for the remainder of the season.

Man of the Match today Danny Singh.

Mulheron, Paterson and Gordon also impressive for the Irish.

GIFC- Kevin Gallagher, Stephen Cairns, Mark Mullen, Ryan Mulheron, Graham Boyd, Mark Paterson, Jack Gordon, Steven Craven, Jay Armstrong, Connor Jack, Daniel Singh.

Subs: Euan Nelson, Ryan Owens, Tony Deveney, Kevin Maguire, Nathaniel Kelly

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Glasgow Irish FC v Kilsyth Rovers

GIFC v Kilsyth Rovers

Toryglen Indoors

Friday 5th January 2018

The Irish kicked off the new year with a friendly match versus Kilsyth Rovers. Rovers being two divisions beneath GIFC but also a team having a very good season. In comparison to the Irish who have found their current level a bit too tough to cope with so far, Kilsyth would have been the form team going into this fixture.

On the vast indoor surface of Toryglen Football Centre the two teams would produce a very entertaining spectacle with no shortage of quality football from both sides.

The game kicked off with both sides looking to get the ball down and the opening quarter seen some nice football all over the pitch. The Irish taking on a particularly attacking shape with a front 3 of Deveney, Singh and Paterson.

It was the GIFC forward line that was to threaten first when Jack played in Deveney to cross for Danny Singh to head across the keeper only to see his effort come off the far post. A move that deserved a better end result.

This gave Kilsyth a jag into action and they took the lead when Mulheron handled the ball to stop a Kilsyth cross into the box after a mix up by keeper Gallagher and his defence. With a penalty being awarded correctly, midfielder Steven Armstrong stepped up to send Kev Gallagher the wrong way and give Rovers the lead. 0-1.

After an exchange of some harsh words the Irish started to pass the ball more fluidly with Mulgrew, Jack and Deveney having some luck out on the left.

Jack Gordon started controlling the middle of the park and his influence grew as the game went on.

GIFC drew level when left back Mulgrew cut inside and fired over a right footed cross to the back post which Mark Paterson met in the air to cushion a fine header past the Kilsyth keeper. 1-1.

A great time for the Black and Green to grab a goal just before half time.

HT:1-1.

GIFC made some changes at the halfway stage with McBride replacing Deveney, Belton coming on for Cairns, Owens for Paterson and Mullen for McCabe.

McBride should have put the Irish ahead straight after his introduction when Singh squared the ball for his fellow striker only for McBride to screw his shot wide.

Kilsyth rarely threatened now and anything that did come near the Irish goal was dealt with no problem by keeper Gallagher.

GIFC went ahead when Graham McBride made sure there were no mistakes second time around when he fired high into the net after the square ball from Singh. 2-1.

The Irish went further ahead when Singh again turned provider when he squared for Jacko Gordon to stroke the ball home. 3-1.

Gordon then turned provider when the pass of the game found Connor Jack on the edge of the penalty area. The midfielder skipped past two challenges before planting the ball into the bottom corner with a right footed drive. 4-1.

More changes for GIFC seen Hogan, Kelly and Hughes take to the field for some much needed game time.

Kilsyth pulled another goal back when defensive uncertainty allowed Jack Stevenson in to finish well in the dying minutes. 4-2.

That brought the action to an end for the evening. A very highly entertaining match for both sides and one the players can be proud of.

Man of the match for GIFC, Danny Singh.

Glasgow Irish FC v Airdrie Albion

GIFC v Airdrie Albion League Cup Round 1

Scotstoun Stadium Rear 

Sunday 29th October 2017
GIFC were in cup action again this week with an injury ravaged squad leaving them with only one man on the bench. The attitude the squad have shown in recent weeks suggested this was merely an obstacle to be overcome however. 

Airdrie Albion arrived with a growing reputation and deservedly took the lead when a defensive mix up allowed the number 10 to fire home. 0-1. 

This only served to spark the Irish into life though and they were level on 30 mins when after some great hold up play by Kev Maguire, Jay Armstrong played in Jacko Gordon who took the ball from the edge of the centre circle and curled a 30 yard shot into the net. Jacko setting the tone for the day with a great goal and even better performance. 1-1. 

The Irish went ahead 5 mins later when Ryan Owens won a header on the halfway line and sent Connor Jack racing through on goal. Last seasons top scorer made no mistake with a fine finish, lobbing the Albion keeper from the edge of the box. Pure class. 2-1. 

HT:2-1

The Irish seemed to fall out of the game in the opening stages of the second half and allowed Airdrie an equaliser when failure to match runners from midfield left the defence exposed. 2-2. 

Things got even worse when Albion went ahead after criminal marking at a set piece seen Gallagher beaten from close range.The celebrations from Albion had many watching the game believing they had actually won the League Cup on scoring the 3rd goal. 2-3. 

GIFC then stepped things up. Birthday Bhoy Richie McCabe replaced Ryan Owens and a tactical reshuffle seen Paterson move up top. This paid dividends immediately when Connor Jack sent Paterson clear to fire across the Albion keeper and into the bottom corner for an exquisite finish. Great composure shown from the forward. 3-3. 

With 10 mins to go the Irish then scored the winner with a great passage of play. Returning defender Stephen Cairns won the ball and played up the line to Jacko Gordon who skipped past 4 Albion players before playing a 1-2 with Tony Deveney. Gordon hit the byeline before squaring the ball across goal for Paterson to fire high into the net for his second of the day. A great move getting its rewards. 4-3. 

FT:4-3. 

This was a top performance in a game both teams could have won. The Irish showing the mentality required to finish the job though. 

Man of the Match Connor Jack. Followed closely by Jacko Gordon. Maguire, Deveney and Cairns impressive on the day too. 

Mon the Irish 🇮🇪

Glasgow Irish FC v Carluke Victoria

Glasgow Irish FC v Carluke VictoriaSunday 22nd October 2017

Premier 3

The Irish were at home on league duty this weekend against Carluke Victoria who were something of an unknown quantity given the fact the two sides had yet to face each other previously. A string of poor performances from GIFC meant they approached the game low in confidence. The cloud hanging over the team was further darkened by injuries to Kev Mcenaney, Stiles Owens, Nathaniel Kelly, Daniel Singh, David Griffin and Kieran Nicol in the lead up to this fixture. 

With keeper David Griffin unable to play the Irish drafted in Kevin Gallagher to take over in goal. This proving to be one of the many highlights of Sunday’s game. 

The match started with Carluke pinning GIFC back in the early stages. Any progress the Black and Green made was short lived as possession was conceded far too cheaply in attacking areas. 

Midway through the first half the Irish were denied a stonewall penalty when Mark Paterson’s cross was handled by a Carluke defender in full view of the referee. This decision set the tone for what was to be one of the worst refereeing performances you could hope to find. 

A succession of corners and free kicks were fired into the GIFC box only for Kevin Gallagher to command his area very well. The penalty claim aside, GIFC offered very little going forward. 

HT-0-0. 

After the restart the game continued in the same manner with Gallagher having to tip over a drive from a Victoria midfielder which looked goal bound all the way. This seemed to spur GIFC on with Paterson and Jack starting to liven up in midfield. 

Kevin Maguire was introduced on 60 minutes and started causing the Carluke defence no end of problems. 

Carluke were then denied a certain penalty when Reeko McCabe hauled down the number 10 for Victoria only for the referee to deny the claim. A truly laughable decision from the official. There was more comedy to come. 

GIFC then started pushing forward and from a Paterson cutback Connor Jack was taken out inside the box just as he was about to pull the trigger. A clear penalty in no uncertain terms. Not in the referees eyes as he waved play on to the bemusement of anyone watching the game. 

Captain Jay Armstrong then hit from distance after seeing the Carluke keeper off his line only for the stopper to recover well and tip round the post. 

Reeko McCabe almost scored for the Irish when he seen his header from a Mulgrew corner desperately cleared off the line by a Carluke defender. 

In the final minute Connor Jack headed home only for  the referee to judge him offside. 

The draw more than likely a fair result in what was a very hard fought game. Both sides being physical but fair. 

FT0-0

Positives for the Irish were the sense of fight and the showing of a unity that’s been missing recently. 

Man of the Match for GIFC debutant Kevin Gallagher. 

McCabe, Mulheron, Gordon and Jack also standing out for the Irish. 

GIFC v Lanarkshire Forrest

Glasgow Irish FC v Lanarkshire ForrestSunday 1/10/17

Scotstoun Stadium Rear

Scottish Cup Round 2
GIFC were at home yesterday in the clubs first ever Scottish Cup fixture against a much fancied Forrest side who had breezed past each team they had faced on league and Cup duty with ease. Things didn’t look great for the Irish when Assistant Manager Barry Campbell had to rejig the starting 11 with two GIFC players caught in horrendous traffic before the game. 

The Irish started poorly and fell behind early when an opposition midfielder cracked one home from long range. 0-1. 

Lanarkshire then added two similar goals before half time as the Irish failed to offer any resistance all over the park.0-3. 

HT0-3

Latecomers Armstrong and Mulgrew arrived on 60 mins to provide some fresh legs for the Irish only to see Forrest go 4 up when their attacker curled home a great free kick to surely put GIFC to bed.0-4. 

GIFC could have accepted defeat all too easily but the introduction of Kevin Maguire was to prove an inspirational element to the end result. His impact was immediate as the young striker began holding up the ball and finally allowing the Irish to play around the opposition box. 

The home side pulled one back when Mulgrews long throw was controlled by Maguire and he spun his defender to flight the ball over the Forrest keeper from the edge of the box. 1-4. 

Goal number 2 arrived when Connor Jack, who had worked tirelessly throughout, went on a trademark mazy run before crashing the ball home from the edge of the penalty area. A truly outstanding goal from Jack. 2-4. 

The Irish came close time on time again as some dangerous Mulgrew deliveries found targets inside the Forrest box. Armstrong and Dolan added some physicality to the GIFC midfield with Belton a standout in defence for the Green and Black. 

The Irish scored their 3rd goal in ten minutes when the ball broke to Mulgrew on the 18 yard line and he sent a right footed drive low towards the goal. The Lanarkshire keeper could only parry the ball to the feet of Maguire and he wasted no time in firing the ball high into the net. 3-4. 

Lanarkshire were on the ropes now and with 60 seconds remaining GIFC drew level. 

Connor Jack flighted the ball into the box, the Forrest keeper looked to have no worries in dealing with the cross until the ball squirmed from his grasp. Ryan Mulheron was onto the error in a flash and sent a diving header into the net to save the day for Glasgow Irish.4-4. 

The game would go straight to penalties and seen the Irish win 4-3 with Mulgrew, Armstrong, Jack and Paterson converting for GIFC. Keeper David Griffin saving the fourth to cement the victory for the Irish. 

Man of the match- Sean Belton. Kevin Maguire a close second. 

4 goals in the final 16 minutes showing everything about the mentality the Irish have developed. 
All at GIFC would like to dedicate this victory to the memory of a friend of the club, Joseph “Leo” Tucker, who passed away suddenly last week. Erin Go Bragh, Leo. 

GIFC v Cranhill United

Glasgow Irish FC v Cranhill UnitedPremier Qualifying Section

Scotstoun Stadium Rear, Sunday 6th August 2017

The Irish were at home in the opening competitive fixture of the season today against a strong Cranhill side. The young GIFC side were to learn plenty in the ways of hard luck by the end of the 90 mins. 

The opening 10-15 mins seen the Irish hold Cranhill in their own half without finding a cutting edge in front of goal. Mcenaney and Singh were lively for GIFC and Paterson was unlucky not to get on the end of some clever through balls from midfield. 

The cruel fate the Irish have encountered of late struck again on 20 mins when a Cranhill midfielder was left unmarked to head the ball in off the upright from a corner. 0-1. 

The Irish pressed from centre but were sucker punched when the Cranhill forward broke free to lob keeper Barr from just outside the box despite there being more than a hint of offside. 0-2. 

HT 0-2. 

Kelly replaced Deveney and Bletsas came on for the injured Sean Belton who again had been impressive at full back. Paterson looked lively when moved to right midfield causing the Cranhill defence to remain sharp. 

Some nice flowing football went through the midfield with no end product for GIFC. 

Both teams were reduced to 10 men with skipper Mulheron sent off for very little. 

Cranhill went further ahead when another corner was poorly marked and the free man slotted home. 0-3. 

GIFC can learn plenty from today’s game and take heart from never letting the heads go down. 

Cranhill deserved winners on the day. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Matthew Kelly. 

GIFC- Kelly, Belton, Mulheron, McCabe, Cairns, Deveney, Singh, Mcenaney, Jack, Dolan, Paterson. 

Subs- Haughey, Maguire, Kelly, Bletsas. 

GIFC v Strathclyde West

Glasgow Irish FC v Strathclyde WestSunday 30th July 2017. Scotstoun Stadium Rear. 
GIFC were at home in their last pre season fixture of the summer following a run of 6-1, 6-1 and 9-1 defeats in the previous friendly fixtures. Confidence was understandably low going into yesterday’s match. The lack of a regular starting 11 and most importantly a regular goalkeeper has had a massively negative impact on the Irish. 

Stuart Cartwright was drafted in between the sticks and he was to have a superb game as GIFC secured the only positive result of a harsh pre season schedule. 

The game started at a fast pace with Deveney on the left for the Irish showing some strong running at his opposing full back. Steph Cairns behind him had a solid debut for the Irish too. Deveney himself had a goal chopped of for offside when the Irish midfielder was clearly on. 

Connor Jack missed a few chances where last season he would have certainly done better. Dan McDonald also came close as the Irish put pressure on their opponents. 

Chance after chance was wasted and the Strathclyde West keeper made some very impressive saves throughout the first half. 

HT 0-0. 

The Irish went behind almost immediately after the restart when Stuart Taylor was penalised for a handball inside the box. Cartwright had no chance as the West defender sent a penalty hard and low into the net. 0-1. 

To their credit the Irish responded well with Mcenaney pulling the strings in midfield. Kelly, Haughey, Dolan and Owens came on and tried to change the complex of the game with some success. The lively Danny Singh had two shots from the edge of the box blocked before the keeper saved from Connor Jack. The latter then missing a free header from all of 3 yards to compound some terrible luck in front of goal. 

Time was ticking away and with 8 mins remaining the Irish were to draw level. Connor Jack fired the ball across goal which former GIFC player Jack Gordon somehow managed to scoop over his keeper and into the net for a very unfortunate own goal. 1-1. 

Credit to West as they pushed forward after this and forced Cartwright into a string of decent stops. 

Irish were denied a stonewall penalty when Ryan Owens was tackled from behind inside the penalty area only for the referee to wave play on. A truly astonishing decision from the official. 

The draw flattered Strathclyde West if chances were the marker for success. They did cause GIFC plenty of problems however. 

Our league group campaign begins next Sunday at home to Cranhill. 

The Irish can only continue to work hard and try to fight our way out of this slump. The management has every faith in the players to recover in good time for the start of our league campaign. Drawn against the Premier League champions Overlee Partisans, league winners Cranhill and Castlemilk United the Irish couldn’t have asked for a tougher group. Some hard times ahead for the team but we must remain resolute. 

Mon The Irish. 🇮🇪

GIFC-Cartwright, Belton, Mulheron (c), Taylor, Cairns, MacDonald, Mcenaney, Stiles Owens, Deveney, Jack, Singh. 

Subs- Dolan, R.Owens, Kelly, Haughey.