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
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.
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.