Lanarkshire Amateurs 5-5 Glasgow Irish FC

Lanarkshire Amateurs 5-5 Glasgow Irish FC
Stepford Playing Fields Sunday 28th August League Group Section
Glasgow Irish went into the last game of the League Section unbeaten. Some disharmony around the team meant Irish had lost 4 players previous to this match day. The starting 11 was somewhat thrown together and this showed as GIFC found themselves 0-3 down after 30 minutes due to some nightmarish defending. 

Things changed however when Connor Jack latched on to a Martin Rice assist and blasted the ball home. 3-1

Jack then notched a second from the penalty spot after the impressive Daniel Singh had been brought down inside the box. Connor with his 11th goal in 6 games. 3-2

Glasgow Irish continued the pressure and Daniel Singh shot home from the edge of the box after a scramble from Connor Jacks corner. 3-3

The Irish then went ahead after a superb run and cross from Kieran Nicol seen him deliver a perfect ball for striker Martin Rice to volley home in some style. 3-4

HT 3-4
Half time came at the wrong time for GIFC who were building a great momentum just as it drew to a close. The Irish started sluggishly and Lanarkshire drew level after a clearly offside forward was allowed to run free and shoot home. 4-4

This set the tone for a series of strange decisions from the official which influenced both teams. 

Irish hit the post twice and spurned a host of other chances in search of a winner. 

After pressing the game high the Irish suffered a blow when goalkeeper David Griffin, who had an impressive game, was sent off after being adjudged to have handled outside the box. Mark Paterson took over in goals. His 3rd positional change of the game. 

Irish went behind again when a Lanarkshire corner was partially cleared and a midfielder cracked home a great volley from the edge of the box. 5-4. 

With only one minute on the clock GIFC were up against it. Lewis Maitland stepped up after missing some earlier chances when he beat 5 men to then fire under the opposition keeper and earn the Irish a superb point away from home. 

We now finish top of the Group Section unbeaten and unbroken after the recent happenings at the club. 

Man of the match for GIFC Mark Paterson. 

Impressive on the day were Paul Stanton, Stephen Cairns, Daniel Singh, Connor Jack and Kieran Nicol. 

 

Glasgow Irish 8-4 Rangers AFC

Glasgow Irish FC 8-4 Rangers AFC

League Section Game 5. 
Jimmy McGrory Park Thursday 25th August
Glasgow Irish decided to give this fixture the platform it deserved by playing the game at one of the city’s famous Junior grounds. Another healthy crowd showed up to witness a strange game that produced 12 goals. Probably a more enjoyable game for the neutral. 

GIFC management had to reshuffle the original starting eleven when some motorway mayhem caused 3 of the players to arrive late. 

This did little to stop the momentum this team has gathered in recent months and the Irish went ahead on 5 mins when Martin Rice played a great ball through for young Shaun Munro to show superb composure to finish. 1-0

Irish then went further ahead when Richard McCabe hit an early contender for goal of the season. The ball broke some 35 yards from goal and the GIFC midfielder smashed a fierce first time volley high into the net. A well deserved goal for the big midfielder. 2-0

GIFC then conspired to step down the tempo of the game and Rangers pulled a goal back when some shocking defending was punished by a Rangers forward. 2-1

Irish hit back almost immediately as forward Stephen Cleary raced clear to shoot home after some smart play in midfield. 3-1

HT 3-1

Irish started the second half in sluggish fashion and Rangers scored a second when more uncertainty in defence was punished despite stand in keeper Kevin McCaigs best efforts to keep the ball out. 3-2

This spurred the Irish on and half time sub Connor Jack scored after a smart through ball from Stephen Cairns. Jack hitting a left foot shot beyond the Rangers keeper from the edge of the box. 4-2

Martin Rice then continued his run of scoring with a smart finish after some nice wing play from Lewis Maitland. 5-2

Rangers pulled another goal back after a period of pressure in which keeper McCaig had to make several smart stops. 5-3

The Irish then went further clear when Stephen Cleary finished well from a Martin Rice assist. 6-3

Player/Manager Paul Mulgrew was brought on for what would be his last game at any level and made an immediate impact when, with his first touch, he crossed from a dead ball for striker Martin Rice to side foot home at the back post. 7-3

Connor Jack then grabbed his second of the game with a cool finish from close range which gave the Rangers keeper no chance. 9 goals in 5 games for the winger. 8-3

Rangers then scored another consolation after more sloppy defensive play from GIFC. 

FT 8-4
Man of the match for GIFC was Mark Cleary. 

Good on the day were Lewis Maitland and Stephen Cleary. 

Next up for the Irish is the final group game against Lanarkshire Amateurs. 

Glasgow Irish FC 5-2 Newmains Amateurs 

Glasgow Irish FC 5-2 Newmains Amateurs 
League Group Section

Sunday 21st August Scotstoun Stadium Astrograss

The Irish were at home this week after two away trips in the previous weeks fixtures. With opponents Newmains the biggest threat to the GIFC hopes of topping the League Section Group this was going to be a tough game after last weekends hard earned draw away from home at Newmains. 

Three games inside a week looked to have taken its toll on the Irish players and they looked lethargic in the opening minutes. Newmains exploited this and took the lead on 7 minutes when a strike from outside the box crept through Irish goalkeeper Griffins grasp. 

This seemed to waken the Irish up and after some decent chances were created striker Martin Rice was barged to the ground inside the box where a penalty was the correct decision. Connor Jack sent the keeper the wrong way to draw the Irish level. 

Half time 1-1. 

Irish came out of the traps in the second and half time substitute Shaun Munro started getting the game flowing with intelligent running and through balls. The Irish went ahead on 50 mins when Lewis Maitland found striker Martin Rice who kept a calm head to fire into the roof of the net. 2-1

This knocked the wind out of Newmains and Irish went two goals clear when Captain Paul McAuley sent over an inch perfect free kick for young winger Connor Jack to dink the ball over the keeper. A touch of class in both delivery and finish from the players involved. 3-1

GIFC then let Newmains back into the game when the left midfield cut inside and gave Griffin no chance with a smart finish. 3-2

Irish hit back immediately when Martin Rice knocked the ball on for Connor Jack to smash the ball home with his right foot from a very awkward angle. The young man with his second hat trick in as many games. 4-2

Finishing the scoring for the day some superb passing on the floor from Munro onto Mark Paterson who unselfishly cut the ball back for substitute Aidan Rodgers to drill the ball home. 5-2

This was a great comeback from the Irish after a very sluggish start. 

Man of the Match Connor Jack. 

Outstanding for Irish were Richard McCabe, Martin Rice, Mark Cleary and Shaun Munro. 

Glasgow Rangers Amateurs 2-6 Glasgow Irish FC 

Glasgow Rangers AFC 2 – 6 Glasgow Irish FC 

The Irish were away from home again to play in something of a grudge match against local rivals Rangers. With warnings already coming from the League Committee regarding any poor behaviour from both sets of teams/fans this was a very tense affair. Just over 300 people attended the game at Stepford Playing Parks with The Irish having the larger crowd to drive them on. 

GIFC started the game with 4 men up front and began attacking early on. Martin Rice can feel very unlucky not to have opened the scoring with some early chances. The big striker created the first goal of the game for Connor Jack when he whipped over a great cross and left winger volleyed home with his right foot to put the Irish 1-0 up. 

Following the goal GIFC started to make unforced errors and Rangers scored 2 goals in quick succession following poor defensive decisions from a very shaky defence. 

The Irish then proceeded to miss chance after chance and hit the woodwork 3 times in the first half alone. 

Martin Rice wouldn’t give up on any through ball and he drew the game level catching onto a fine pass from his midfield and firing across the keeper to score his 3rd goal in 3 games. 

HT 2-2

Some harsh words from GIFC management during the interval had the desired effect as GIFC showed more of the level they have shown themselves to be capable of. Despite missing some early chances it was Martin Rice again who showed a touch of composure to sprint clear of the Rangers defence and shoot past the keeper with a clever finish. 3-2 GIFC. 

Youngster Connor Jack then out paced the Rangers defence before chipping the ball over a helpless goalkeeper. 4-2 Irish. 

Some substitutions and a change of shape seemed to steady the Irish and the goal of the night came soon after. Substitute striker Stephen Cleary took a touch some 25 yards from goal before lashing the ball into the roof of the net to send the Irish fans into massive applause. 5-2 Irish. 

Martin Rice was then pulled down in the box and Connor Jack stepped up to send a class penalty into the net for number 6 and the young mans hat trick. 6-2 Irish.  

The game ran out of steam after this although Rangers missed a penalty with a few minutes to spare. David Griffin saving the first of his GIFC career. 

FT 6-2. 

This was a game with potential for trouble but it must be said both sets of players and supporters were a credit to themselves. The return fixture should be another game to savour for both squads. 

Man of the match for GIFC Martin Rice. 

Other top performers were Connor Jack, David Griffin and Tony Owens. ​

Newmains 2-2 Glasgow Irish FC

Newmains Amateurs 2-2 Glasgow Irish FC

The Irish were on the road for the second game of the Group Section and looking to build on an impressive win from the previous week versus Lanarkshire Amateurs. Arriving at Newmains Amateurs ground it was clear from the off that the surface would not suit the passing game the Irish have adopted. For a pitch mainly used for Junior level it left a lot to be desired. This certainly didn’t take anything away from a very entertaining game for any neutral watching. 

Newmains took the lead in 7 minutes when a ball over the top was controlled by the clearly offside number 9 and dispatched across goalkeeper Griffin into the far corner. This set the tone for a refereeing performance which can at best be described as baffling. 

The goal gave Newmains a taste for blood and the Irish keeper had to make several good saves to keep us in the game. 

The Irish grew into the game however and levelled the game on 41 minutes. A free kick from Lewis Maitland into the box found Martin Rice and he smashed a mid-air volley into the net. Two goals in two games now for the big striker. 

Glasgow Irish started the second half with a lesser intensity and but for some poor finishing from Newmains could have been behind again. The game was turned on its head however when a flick on from Martin Rice found its way through for left winger Connor Jack who managed to get in behind the Newmains defence and lob the keeper. A fantastic finish from our young forward.

With the Irish 2-1 up it was a case of settling down and seeing the game out. Injuries to two of our players forcing substitutions didn’t help our cause however and Newmains deservedly drew level on 82 mins. A nothing ball into the box was misjudged by two Irish defenders presenting a gift for the Newmains midfielder. 2-2. 

Having already booked 6 Glasgow Irish players the referee went a step further in showing Mark Cleary a straight red card for the slightest of pushes on an opponent. Only adding to his woeful performance which both teams had to endure. 

The game passed without any further incident and the Irish can feel fortunate to have escaped with a point in what was a messy game. 

Man of the match was striker Martin Rice. 

Special mention to Shaun Munro, Richard McCabe, Tony Owens and Connor Jack who impressed. 

Now onto Thursday’s fixture where we travel to Stepford Playing Fields to play Glasgow Rangers Amateurs in a 19:00 kick off. 
Mon the Irish. 

Glasgow Irish FC v Edinburgh Harps Jason Lyons Memorial Trophy

On Saturday 30th July Glasgow Irish FC took on Edinburgh Harps at Toryglen. Two teams with a lot in common, a friendship had been born a few months previously over social media and then by dialogue between the men in charge of running the clubs. The idea was raised for an annual trophy we could play for each year in our respective pre season campaigns. It was decided that charitable causes should benefit from the bond the clubs were keen to see grow. 
The untimely and extremely sudden passing of a close friend of the Glasgow Irish founders, Jason Lyons, prompted us to honour his memory by creating The Jason Lyons Memorial Trophy. This will now be played for each year against Edinburgh Harps who played a huge part in making it a thoroughly enjoyable day for everybody involved. 

This was only Glasgow Irish third game since our birth and a quality Edinburgh Harps team won the game 2-0. The Irish management and support were somewhat dumbfounded by this scoreline however as Glasgow Irish squandered chance after chance and dominated the game aside from some short lapses in concentration. All in, it was a great game to watch for both supports and with Jason Lyons himself being a huge football fan I’m sure he would have appreciated the attacking football on show. Hopefully the Irish can go one better next season and lift the trophy for you Jase. 

A massive thank you must go to Edinburgh Harps for helping make it a great day and long may our friendship continue. 

Glasgow Irish FC v Lanarkshire Amateurs 

Glasgow Irish FC 5-2 Lanarkshire Amateurs

The Irish kicked off the first competitive game of our existence against an unknown quantity in the League Section versus Lanarkshire Amateurs. Starting with a 3-4-3 formation the Irish stated intent when in 5 mins a through ball from Jordan Jeffrey was smashed home by number 9 Lewis Maitland. Our joy was to be short lived however as a long throw from a Lanarkshire full back was misjudged by defender Efe McAuley and stand in keeper Kevin McCaig was beaten from close range. 

The Irish upped the tempo after this and some great passing moves through the entire midfield created 3-4 chances that should have been buried. Irish went ahead however when a cross from striker Stephen Cleary found Jordan Jeffrey and he glanced the ball into the corner of the net with a fine header. Ten minutes later GIFC went further in front when a deep cross from the left was headed back across goal by the impressive Connor Jack and Stephen Cleary rose above the away defence to bullet a header past the keeper. 

Half Time 3-1

Glasgow Irish started the second half as they had finished the first with some exciting football down both flanks. Hitting the post and some good goalkeeping by the visiting keeper kept the scoreline the same however. Calum Mclean replaced Jordan Jeffrey for his GIFC debut while Martin Rice came on for Lewis Maitland. Almost immediately the goal of the game was scored by Martin Rice. Some great play through midfield was rewarded when Calum Mclean sent over an inch perfect cross for Martin Rice to header into the far top corner. 

Irish then took their foot off the gas and allowed Lanarkshire into the game and they pulled a goal back when an unmarked forward slotted past McCaig. 

This shook the Irish into life though and wing back Stephen Cairns finished a flowing move by chipping the ball over the away keeper for another superb goal. 

This was an impressive performance from GIFC. More ruthlessness will be needed in front of goal however as the result would have been far superior had chances been taken. 

Man of the match number 4 Robert Gallacher. 

Special mention to Kevin McCaig, Connor Jack, Stephen Cleary and Stephen Cairns who were also outstanding.