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
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.