Glasgow Irish v Shawfield Wednesday 

Glasgow Irish FC v Shawfield Wednesday  

Sunday 25th September 2016

Division 2A League Fixture 2

GIFC went into this game facing an unknown quantity as they played the second league game at home in successive weeks. After two superb training sessions midweek the Irish were keen to put the practice to good use. 

A sluggish start from GIFC seen a Shawfield forward get in between the defence and goalkeeper to sweep the ball high into the net for an early lead. 0-1

This only proved to anger the Irish and after good chances for Rice and Paterson it was the latter of the two that drew GIFC level. Great wing play from Kieran Nicol set up Mark Paterson to blast the ball beneath the visiting goalkeeper. 1-1. 

The outstanding Shaun Munro then squared for striker Lewis Maitland to finish with ease. 2-1. 

Maitland then turned provider when he played a ball across the face of goal for Martin Rice to stroke the ball home. 3-1. 

The big striker then scored his second when Mark Paterson crossed for him to finish at the back post. 4-1. 

Shaun Munro was causing all sorts of problems for the visitors and the Irish were awarded a penalty after the midfielder was hauled to the ground. Lewis Maitland unselfishly handed the ball to Martin Rice and he completed a first half hat trick with a powerful spot kick. 5-1. 

Munro then got reward for his endeavour when his drive from just outside the box took a wicked deflection into the net. 6-1. 

HT 6-1. 

The Irish seen debutants Cameron Mooney, Ross Marshall and Barry Campbell enter the game. Unfortunately for Shawfield this done nothing to slow GIFC down. 

Lewis Maitland hit his second when he outpaced the opposition defence to fire home from out wide after another Munro assist. 7-1. 

Maitland then completed his hat trick when from another Shaun Munro pass he curled a first time shot into the far corner leaving the goalkeeper clutching at air. 8-1. 

The outstanding Danny Singh put the Irish further ahead when he cracked home from the edge of the box from a Lewis Maitland lay off. 9-1. 

Lewis Maitland then calmly stuck away a penalty after the unplayable Shaun Munro had been fouled by the keeper. 10-1. 

Number 11 for the Irish was something to behold. Captain Paul McAuley carried the ball out from his own half, beating two players on his way to the edge of the box before playing a one-two with Lewis Maitland and sending a screamer with his left foot into the top corner of the net. 11-1. 

FT 11-1. 

Man of the match Lewis Maitland. Followed by Shaun Munro. 

Every single player on the field for GIFC were worthy of this accolade. 

Glasgow Irish FC v Gorbals United

Glasgow Irish FC v Gorbals United 

Sunday 18th September, Scotstoun. 

The Irish kicked off the league campaign against a Gorbals United side that had dominated their Group Section with a 100% winning record. The end result of today’s fixture would give the Irish an idea of the standard we will face in the coming months. 

GIFC started the game on the front foot and had several early chances to score only for a lack of composure to keep the game goalless. 

After some fantastic passing in midfield Kieran Nicol raced away from the opposition defence to square for striker Lewis Maitland to calmly finish. 1-0. 

This was a decent game for the neutral as both teams fought hard to break each other down. Danny Singh was a standout in the middle of the park for GIFC and hit the post with an effort from 25 yards after a series of Irish attacks. 

HT 1-0. 

The second half brought more of the same from GIFC and young midfielder Shaun Munro bagged his 3rd goal of the season showing great awareness to react inside the box and finish despite calls for offside. 2-0. 

Lewis Maitland then charged down the Gorbals keeper and forced an error which he took full advantage of. The strikers bravery paying off as he rolled the ball home for goal number 5 of the season. 3-0. 

Stephen Cleary then replaced striker Martin Rice, who had put in a great shift. The goal of the day came when Shaun Munro sent a 40 yard pass with the outside of his right foot to Lewis Maitland who sent a great ball across goal for striker Cleary to make a hard finish look easy. 4-0

FT 4-0. 

The Irish were outstanding today and hope to carry this form into our coming league fixtures. The pace of the team moving forward was frightening and only equalled on the day by superb defending from keeper Griffin, McAuley, McCabe and Cairns. 

GIFC were delighted to see Dan McManus, Jack Gordon and Ryan McGarvey make their debuts. McManus in particular acquitted himself well replacing the injured Stuart Taylor who had been having a great game until he pulled his hamstring. 

Man of the match today was skipper Paul McAuley. Other stand outs were Lewis Maitland, David Griffin and Richard McCabe. Every single member of the squad can feel hugely proud of the efforts contributing to today’s result. 

Mon the Irish. 🇮🇪

Townhead Thistle v Glasgow Irish FC

Townhead Thistle v Glasgow Irish FC
Presidents Cup First Round
The Irish travelled the short distance to Coatbridge for their first ever competitive cup match this Sunday past in confident mood after some great application in recent weeks training. This proved to be a day to forget however. 

The game started at a frantic pace with Irish having the majority of the ball. Wasteful passing and some baffling calls from the referee seemed to knock the players off guard and they fell behind when a costly error from skipper McAuley allowed the Townhead number 9 the chance to slip the ball under Griffin all too easily. 1-0. 

GIFC simply couldn’t get going and repeatedly poor offside calls from the ref meant the frustration grew throughout the team. Step forward Danny Singh. A cross from the right was partially cleared by the home sides defence and Singh latched onto the ball on the edge of the box. He took a touch before guiding the ball into the corner of the net from 20 yards out. A simply class finish from the midfielder that would set the tone for his performance for the day. 1-1. 

The first half seen both sides miss chances and the Irish were happy to see half time after a dreadful start. 

HT 1-1. 

The Irish started the second period well and Stephen Cleary should have done better when through on goal although credit must go to the opposition keeper for the save. Another unforced error at the back allowed Townhead another lead in the game as a loose ball allowed one of their midfielders to lob the ball over the Irish keeper. 2-1. 

With Townhead shooting downhill and the wind behind them the GIFC had to withstand some relentless attacks and fell further behind when a corner was partially cleared back to the taker and he sent an unstoppable volley past Griffin from an almost impossible position. The one goal conceded on the day the Irish couldn’t complain about. 3-1. 

Lewis Maitland replaced Stephen Cleary and brought immediate impact to the game with some brave running at the Townhead defence. The Irish then pulled another goal back when Martin Rice finished beautifully after some clever midfield play. 3-2. 

The Irish defence frailties were once again exploited when hesitation by McCabe and McAuley let a Townhead forward through to give Griffin no chance with a lobbed finish. 4-2. 

Kieran Nicol replaced Connor Jack and Craig Conroy made his Irish debut replacing Paul Stanton. 

Irish then took a foothold in the game with Singh, Cairns, Maitland and Nicol the driving force on the park. Shaun Munro then gave the Irish a lifeline with a tidy finish from the edge of the box. 4-3. 

You could tell it wasn’t going to be the Irish day when striker Martin Rice was inexplicably sent off for having a discussion with the referee. A shocking decision at any level of the game. 

This didn’t deter GIFC though and they drew level with the last kick of the ball when a cut back found Kieran Nicol who showed immense composure to fire the Irish level. 4-4. 

The game then went straight to penalties where Irish would be beaten 5-3. 

Irish only have themselves to blame for the result but must be praised for the second half fight back against what could be described as 12 men. 

Man of the match for GIFC Daniel Singh. 

Pass marks to Stephen Cairns, Lewis Maitland and Kieran Nicol.