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.
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
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. 🇮🇪