GIFC Team 1 v GIFC Team 2

Glasgow Irish Team 1 v Glasgow Irish Team 2
Friendly Match

Scotstoun Stadium Rear 4G
A free week from league duties gave the Irish a chance to give the entire squad a run out in what proved to be a highly entertaining game. Chairman Kenny Paterson had hand picked a team he thought could cause some problems for the one chosen by the GIFC management. 

This game also gave some game time to new recruits Grant Harold and Josh Reilly who both impressed on the day. 

Team 1 started the brighter of the two sides and almost took the lead when Kieran Nicol fired over from outside the box. 

Team 2 were dangerous going forward however and after some driving play from Munro in midfield they took the lead as he squared for Josh Reilly to pass the ball beyond Griffing into the net. 0-1. 

This fired Team 1 into action and Kieran Nicol equalised driving the ball past Barr from just inside the penalty area. 1-1. 

Mark Paterson then sent over a superb corner kick which found Martin Rice who sent the ball into the roof of he net with a powerful header. 2-1. 

Sean Belton drew things level when a poor clearance out of defence by Mulgrew fell to him 25 yards from goal. He sent a half volley into the top corner to punish such poor defending. A great goal. 2-2. 

HT 2-2. 

Team 1 went in front just after half time when a clearance from keeper Barr landed at the feet of Martin Rice 35 yards from goal. The big striker took the ball first time and sent the ball high into the net for a finish of real quality. 3-2. 

The game followed the same pattern as the first half when Ryan Owens showed great instinct to crash the ball home after clever play from Biggins and Munro in midfield. 3-3. 

The next goal went to Team 1 as Rice completed his hat trick. Mulgrew sent over an inviting cross and Rice rose above the Team 2 defence to smash a header across goal giving keeper Barr no chance. 4-3. 

Centre half Gerry Hughes then produced a goal of outstanding quality when after picking the ball up in his own half he strode forward, played a one-two with Kieran Nicol and kept a cool head to find the bottom corner. 5-3. 

This spurred Team 2 on though and they replied when Shaun Munro kept up his scoring run in recent games with a smart finish after a scramble in the penalty area. 5-4. 

The game was over as a contest though when Tony Owens collected the ball 25 yards from goal and dispatched a wonder strike past Barr into the top corner of the net. 6-4. 

Connor Jack pulled a goal back in the final minute for Team 2 with a composed finish. 6-5. 

FT 6-5. 

Man of the match Martin Rice closely followed by Grant Harold. 

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Gartferry AFC v Glasgow Irish FC

Gartferry AFC v Glasgow Irish FCHealth Rewards Cup 

Sunday 20th November
The Irish were away from home against a team a division above them looking to put to an end a miserable run of form with 3 defeats leading up to this Health Rewards Cup match. 

Irish started the game well and should have been ahead early on but for some great goalkeeping from the Gartferry number one. 

A series of corners seen the home defence keep GIFC at bay. McManus, Rice and Biggins all going close with great efforts. 

At the opposite end GIFC keeper David Griffin pulled off 3 outstanding saves when we were left exposed after pushing forward in the opening exchanges. 

Griffin then provided the assist for the opener when his clearance ran through to striker Mark Paterson who showed great composure to finish in off the post. 0-1. 

The Irish midfield of John Biggins, Mark Cleary and Shaun Munro were creating plenty of opportunities to further the lead but for the keeper to deny Rice and Paterson with some great saves. 

Number two for GIFC came when from a deadly Ross Marshall corner, Cameron Mooney back heeled the ball across goal for Martin Rice to pounce and smash the ball home. The big striker with his 14th goal in 13 games. 0-2. 

Pressing so high up the park came at a cost for the Irish and they conceded when a ball across goal allowed the Gartferry striker to finally beat Griffin. 1-2. 

HT 1-2. 

GIFC started the second half well with Marshall and McManus tireless on the flanks. Goal number 3 came after Mark Cleary played Shaun Munro through and the youngster showed a cool head with a class finish. 1-3. 

Stephen Cleary and Connor Jack replaced Marshall and Paterson and this payed off when Jack scored his 16th goal of the season after good awareness from John Biggins allowed the striker to sweep the ball home with his right foot. 1-4. 

The game changed dramatically when striker Martin Rice was shown a straight red card after a petulant trip on a Gartferry defender. The referee deciding it was violent conduct. A truly laughable decision by the official to add to a collection in recent games. 

Gartferry used the extra man to their advantage and scored a similar goal to their first as the Irish defence was stretched. 2-4. 

Stephen Cairns, Gerry Hughes and Jack Gordon came on to shore up the game for GIFC and done well to see out the late pressure. 

A joint man of the match this week goes to the outstanding Shaun Munro and John Biggins. Closely followed by Mark Cleary and David Griffin. 

Crownpoint Utd v Glasgow Irish FC

Crownpoint Utd v Glasgow Irish FC
Sunday Central Division 2A

Sunday 13th November. 

GIFC were at Crownpoint on league duty this week trying to put an end to a run of back to back defeats in recent weeks. By then end of the afternoon we would have suffered our worst result so far and been given a lesson in finishing by the hosts. 

The game was a tight affair up until 35 mins when Crownpoint took the lead. A disputable penalty and some criminal defending all over the pitch would see Crownpoint take a 3-0 lead into the break. 

HT 3-0. 

The Irish tried to influence the game in midfield but were overran time and again by the hungrier team on the day. Conceding another 4 goals throughout the half without reply after some ruthless finishing from the impressive home team. 

FT 7-0. 

The Irish would do well to put things into perspective after today’s result. With the club only 5 months young there are many lessons to be learned from a beating such as this one. The management and committee have every faith in our players to get things back on track and can ensure hard work will be applied to recover from our darkest day so far. 

Everyone at the club would like to wish a speedy recovery to the Crownpoint midfielder who appeared to have suffered a dislocated elbow early in the game. 

Cambuslang FA v Glasgow Irish FC

Cambuslang FA v Glasgow Irish FCSunday 6th November 2016. 

The Irish were away from home to the Southside of the city this weekend at Barlia Complex in Castlemilk looking to get back on track after last weekends narrow defeat to Sporting Pumas. 

A decent opening spell from GIFC was rewarded when they took the lead on 7 mins. Josh Reilly getting the credit after pressuring a Cambuslang defender into an error which seen him deflect the ball into his own net. 0-1. 

Irish kept on the pressure and Martin Rice powered home a header after a great delivery from John Michael Connelly via a corner. 0-2. 

Josh Reilly then had to be replaced due to injury. Shaun Munro came on in his place and scored the goal of he game with his first touch. A poor clearance fell to the youngster and he cracked a first time shot from 25 yards into the roof of the net to give GIFC a further lead. 0-3. 

What was to follow can only be described as pathetic from GIFC as we conspired to implode all over the pitch. 

Cambuslang got a goal back before half time when David Griffin was finally beaten after a series of outstanding saves. 1-3. 

HT1-3. 

The Irish looked lethargic as the second half got under way and conceded a penalty within moments of the restart. David Griffin was booked despite having no involvement in the incident which brought the penalty decision. The Irish keeper saved the spot kick and the rebound from the penalty taker to keep the Irish two ahead. 

This should have inspired his teammates to raise their game. This wasn’t to be the case though as we conceded two quick fire goals following some inexplicable errors from a usually steady midfield and defence. 3-3. 

Keeper David Griffin was then shown a second yellow with left back Stuart Taylor replacing him in goals. The baffling decision to book Griffin for no part in the penalty incident coming back to haunt the Irish. 

With 3 minutes to go the hungrier team won the game after another cheap giveaway in possession seen the defence punished yet again. 

4-3. 

The Irish have no one to blame but themselves and must stand up and be counted after a horror show today. 

Man of the match today for GIFC was David Griffin.