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.