Cambuslang FA v Glasgow Irish FC

The Irish were away at Stepford Playing Parks this past weekend against an impressive Cambuslang side.

What was to transpire was one of the strangest games of football anyone watching would have seen.

Recent signing Jacob Sayers gave the Irish an early lead when Gerry Hughes played him through. The youngster rounding the keeper before calmly slotting the ball home. 0-1.

GIFC almost went further ahead when Sayers had his shot from a tight angle cleared off the line.

Cambuslang drew level when sloppy play in midfield was punished and keeper Nelson was beaten when offered no protection from his defence. 1-1.


After being on top for the majority of the first half GIFC then imploded in the opening 10 mins of the second.

Cambuslang were to score 5 goals with no reply in a ten minute spell which seen the Irish collapse. A lack of confidence and no responsibility being taken surely contributory factors. 6-1.

Cairns, Paterson, Gordon, Hogan and Campbell were introduced to the field and the Irish responded immediately when Ross Campbell hit one into the corner from the edge of the box. 6-2.

The Irish continued to press and were caught on the break twice resulting in clinical finishing from Cambuslang. 8-2.

GIFC rolled their sleeves up and fought on. Connor Jack reduced the deficit when he finished brilliantly after being played in by Ross Campbell. 8-3.

Campbell was in for some rough treatment from the home team and his being brought down on the edge of the area resulted in Connor Jack firing the free kick into the top corner for the goal of the game. 8-4.

Mark Paterson then finished of the days scoring after charging down the Camby keeper and showing superb composure to finish well. 8-5.


The full time whistle coming a little too soon for an Irish side that finished the game so well. Well done to Cambuslang who scored every chance they had given one or two misses. The ruthlessness of their finishing providing a harsh lesson for the Irish.

GIFC manager Mulgrew admitted after the game he had picked the wrong team and takes full responsibility for this weeks result.

A great end to a very entertaining game.

Man of the match for GIFC Ross Campbell.


Shawfield Athletic v Glasgow Irish FC

Glasgow Irish were in Springburn last night against Shawfield Athletic in a challenge match which was an opportunity for both teams to experiment with some new ideas. GIFC were able to give 3 trialists some game time in what was a worthwhile workout for the Black and Green.

GIFC assistant manager Ricardo McCabe took the reigns for this fixture and showed how valuable he is to the Irish Cause with some sharp decision making throughout the game.

The Irish started the game sluggishly although the midfield 3 of Craven, Williams and Jack were starting to show their class early doors.

Seany Belton was the man to spark the game into life when he sent Paterson clear to unselfishly square the ball for Danny Singh who gave the Shawfield keeper no chance with a tidy finish. 0-1.

Belton was the main actor when goal number two arrived for GIFC when he volleyed home from the edge of the box after an attempted clearance landed nicely for him. 0-2.

Half Time:0-2.

The interval seen the Irish make a raft of changes with trialists Peter Mullen and Chris Gillespie, the younger brother of former Liverpool and Celtic defender Gary Gillespie, introduced to the field.

Indeed it was Chris Gillespie who marked his debut with a well taken finish after being sent clear by the impressive Gerrard Hughes. 0-3.

The fourth arrived when Stephen Cairns played a clever dummy from Gerry Hughes pass to allow Gillespie to Bag his second of the game with a clinical drive. 0-4.

This ended the scoring for the evening. A well deserved victory for a low in confidence Irish side. There were only positives this evening and the debuts of P.Mullen, D.Mckiver Gibb and C.Gillespie major bonuses from a tough period for the Black and Green.

Man of The Match for GIFC was Steven Craven.

All the very best to Shawfield Athletic as they approach the beginning of their league season.

Carluke Victoria v Glasgow Irish FC

GIFC travelled through to Carnwath to take on Carluke Victoria in this weekends fixture hoping to claw back some pride from a so far dismal season. With only pride left to play for in this campaign the GIFC management and committee were looking for a positive response following last weeks debacle against Calderside.

The Irish started well and Singh burst onto a through ball from Campbell only to be judged offside when a clear 5 yards on. This was to set the tone for a luckless display.

Carluke took the lead when Kevin Gallagher spilled a nothing free kick under no pressure to gift an opposition player the easiest of finishes. 1-0.

GIFC came closest to an equaliser when CB Mark Mullen seen a superb free kick touched onto the crossbar by the Victoria goalkeeper.


The Irish were 0-2 down within minutes of the restart when ill judgement in defence allowed the Carluke striker free to finish all too easily. 2-0.

Ross Campbell then surged into the Carluke box only to be fouled when about to pull the trigger. Penalty Irish.

Mark Mullen seen his well hit spot kick saved by the Carluke keeper.

The Irish threw caution to the wind and went 4 up top in the second half. This failed to muster a single goal scoring opportunity however.

Carluke made it 3-0 when sub keeper Euan Nelson let a weak free kick squirm underneath his reach. 3-0.

Another hellish showing from GIFC.

Man of the match Lucas Sayers.

Carluke Victoria v Glasgow Irish FC Match Preview

Glasgow Irish FC are away from home this coming Sunday looking to bounce back from last weekends 1-12 mauling at the hands of Calderside AFC.

Last weekends fixture seen one of the darkest days for our club when the team capitulated against in form Calderside.

After matching their opponents for 20 mins the Irish lost 4 goals in the 25 minute period prior to half time.

No excuses on the day other than a mass collapse of confidence from the Black and Green. The performances of debutants Chris Snee and Lucas Sayers the only crumb of comfort for The Irish. Danny Singh scored a goal of top quality on an afternoon to forget as quickly as possible.

This week sees the return of Jacko Gordon, Steven Craven, Kevin Williams, Nathaniel Kelly and Kevin Gallagher to the GIFC Squad which should provide a more solid look to our team.

Richard McCabe, Stiles Owens, Gerrard Hughes and Tomo McShane are unavailable this weekend. GIFC management hope to have these players back soon.

Carluke Victoria will provide a stern test for The Irish on Sunday having impressed when drawing 0-0 in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season.

Already building for next season due to a realisation we are playing above our current level we must continue the fight and try to take as many positives as we can from this campaign.

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Glasgow Irish FC v Huntershill AFC

Glasgow Irish FC v Huntershill AFC

Holyrood Glasgow Club


The Irish were at Holyrood this Wednesday evening for a friendly against recently formed team Huntershill. GIFC management team Mulgrew and McCabe were keen to use this fixture to give recent new recruits an opportunity to force their way into a very competitive squad. This was also a good chance to rest some of the squad.

The surface at Holyrood left a lot to be desired but both teams made sure of a highly entertaining game.

Euan Nelson, Cameron McIntyre, Thomas McShane and Kevin Williams were all to make their debuts for the Irish on the night.

The game was to start pretty slowly as both sides struggled to get the ball down on a very antiquated artificial pitch.

The opening goal went the Irish way and owed a lot to the surface when Mulheron launched the ball forward from his own half only for the ball to take a wicked bounce over the opposition keeper and send the Irish ahead. 1-0.

The second wasn’t far away for the Green and White and Thomas McShane took the credit this time. Racing clear to finish emphatically from Gerrard Hughes through ball. 2-0.

Ross Campbell got the third when he finished well after strong midfield play by Steven Craven. 3-0.

Huntershill kept at it and debutant keeper Nelson had to remain alert on a couple of occasions.

The Irish went further ahead when Campbell turned provider for Jay Armstrong or Gerrard Hughes to tap home. The goal going to whoever you choose to believe after both players went for the same ball in eagerness to score. 4-0.

Five minutes before the break GIFC made it five when Tomo McShane blasted home from the edge of the box after being played in by the impressive Stiles Owens. 5-0.


The second half seen the Irish make several changes with Mullen>Hogan, Kelly>Campbell, Maguire>Hughes, Williams>Craven, Singh>McShane, Gordon>Armstrong.

Huntershill were to settle into the game and produced some real periods of quality football. Todd and Wheeler pegging The Irish lead back to a 3 goal margin.


This was a worthwhile run out for GIFC and some of the new signings offer encouragement for the remainder of the season.

Man of the match for GIFC Thomas McShane.

Glasgow Irish FC v Eastfield Star

GIFC v Eastfield Star

League Cup


The Irish welcomed Premier 1 side Eastfield to Scotstoun this Sunday aiming to progress in the League Cup. With recent signings Ross Campbell and Steven Craven in the squad there was some hope that a recent upturn in the atmosphere amongst the squad would transfer out onto the pitch.

The game started well for GIFC and Danny Singh was unlucky with a couple of through balls from midfield just failing to find the intended target. The forward almost opened the scoring when Mark Paterson crossed only for Singh to flash his header wide.

The Irish took the lead on 15 mins when full back Paul Mulgrew scored direct from a right footed corner. The ball eluding the Eastfield keeper with the help of a strong wind. 1-0.

This only served to motivate Star into life and they equalised almost immediately when their forward raced clear to beat the Irish offside trap to slot past Gallagher. 1-1

On 30 mins Eastfield went further ahead when Shaun McPhudd headed home unmarked from a Star corner. Criminal defending from the Irish. 1-2.


The Irish rallied in the second half with Campbell coming on for Jay Armstrong Just after the restart to make his GIFC debut.

Plenty of possession with no end result seemed to be the order of the day for the Black and Green. Things were to get more difficult when GIFC were reduced to ten men. Mulgrew shown a straight red for a last man challenge after the pacy Eastfield Star striker had ran clean through on goal.

This wasn’t to hinder the Irish massively and they can feel very unlucky not to have been awarded not one but two penalties after Singh then Mulheron were rashly challenged. Both players unlikely to go down easily.

The inconsistency of officiating at our level was again cruely exposed when after taking the ball clear as day with a well timed challenge, Mulheron was adjudged to have fouled an Eastfield midfielder in the box. Shaun McPhudd scored his second of the day from the spot to wrap up the win for Star.

Positives from the day were the performance of GIFC keeper Gallagher who pulled off some top saves, the debut of Ross Campbell who looks a quality addition and the return to fitness of Stiles Owens after a long injury lay off.

We wish Eastfield all the best for the rest of the season.

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.


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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