Sunday 29th January 2017
Sunday Central Division 2A
GIFC were away from home in this weeks league match against a strong Gorbals United side after last weeks encouraging cup performance.
The game started in anything but encouraging fashion when the Gorbals took the lead in 3 mins when midfielder Charles Baldrick sent a 35 yard volley beyond Irish keeper Harry Purves. 1-0.
This snapped the Irish into life and they hit back on 6 mins when midfielder Mark Cleary broke through the Gorbals defence after a superb pass from younger brother Stephen to guide the ball home for his second goal in a GIFC shirt. 1-1.
Both teams were dishing out some unforgiving tackles and it was pleasing to see GIFC match the more physical opponents with no quarter given in any area of the park.
Mark Paterson and Josh Reilly made way for Ross Marshall and Connor Jack after a hard first half shift on both flanks and the change paid off on 48 mins when Marshall broke down the right and fired over for Connor Jack to glance a header past the Gorbals keeper. The cross from Marshall was perfect and the finish from Jack a real touch of class.
Martin Rice was causing the Gorbals backline problems all day and should have been more selfish when laying the ball off to the impressive Shaun Munro who was caught offside after the two attackers broke clear of the home defence.
The Irish got goal number 3 from the penalty spot after Shaun Munro was hauled to the ground inside the box by the Gorbals keeper. Penalty taker Connor Jack stepped up and fired home his 25th goal of the season. 1-3.
Gerrard Hughes, Styles Owens and Richard McCabe replaced Martin Rice, Shaun Munro and Cameron Mooney before striker Stephen Cleary outpaced the home defence to nutmeg the Gorbals keeper with a wicked finish. The striker with a well earned goal after superb work rate on the day. 1-4.
Gorbals scored a second after a poor clearance out of defence fell kindly to an oncoming midfielder. 2-4.
Stephen Cairns then cleared off the goal line in the dying seconds after the Irish had went to sleep at the back.
A great result and steely performance from GIFC that puts them back to the top of the league although conceding some games in hand.
Man of the match Mark Cleary followed by John Biggins.