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.
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.
Man of the match Lewis Maitland. Followed by Shaun Munro.
Every single player on the field for GIFC were worthy of this accolade.