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.