Carluke Thistle v Glasgow Irish FC

Carluke Thistle v Glasgow Irish FCSunday 26th March 2017

Sunday Central Division 2A 

The Irish were away from home this week against Carluke Thistle at the John Cummings Stadium on league duty. With Carluke being one of the more impressive teams we have faced this season the Irish knew this would be a very tough game. 

GIFC started the game very well with debutant Ryan Mulhearn impressing immediately at the back with Cameron Mooney, Ross Marshall and Dan McManus matching with some superb defending. 

David Griffin again showed his worth when a series of Carluke corners were dealt with well by the Irish Keeper. 

Shaun Munro gave the Irish the lead on 30 mins after being teed up inside the box by John Biggins. The young midfielder with goal number 10 of a superb first season in GIFC colours. Munro and Stiles Owens with some seriously hard work down the flanks on the day. 0-1. 

This only served to snap Carluke into life and the equaliser came soon after when some ropey defending was punished by a home midfielder. 1-1. 

HT 1-1. 

Carluke looked the better going forward on the day and exploited more poor defending from the Irish when they took the lead just after half time. 1-2. 

To be fair to the Irish the errors weren’t glaring ones, but were punished all the same. Goal number 3 for the home side though had more than a hint of offside as the Carluke forward raced clear to finish. 1-3. 

To their credit the Irish kept pushing with Stephen Cleary and Ryan Mulhearn going close with long range efforts. The game played out after this and what could have been a powder keg fixture passed without any great incident. 

Special mention must go to the Irish back 4 who managed to keep the prolific Carluke forward Telfer from adding to a massive goal haul this season. 

Some major positives can be taken from Sunday’s performance and the players can feel proud of the days efforts. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Ryan Mulhearn, closely followed by the superb Ross Marshall. 
Mon The Irish. 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪

Glasgow Irish FC v Crownpoint

Glasgow Irish FC v CrownpointSunday 19th March 2017

Sunday Central Division 2A

Scotstoun Stadium Rear
The Irish were at home this weekend versus league leaders Crownpoint looking to improve on a 0-7 thrashing we had taken in the away fixture earlier in the season. 

The Irish welcomed back captain Martin Rice to the starting line up and showed real intent starting with a 3-4-3 formation. With only 2 league fixtures left GIFC are looking to end the season on a positive note following a hard run of games in recent weeks. 

The Irish started well and Crownpoint couldn’t get to grips with the strong running of Shaun Munro and Connor Jack down the left. When the away side did attack, goalkeeper David Griffin was more than capable dealing with any threat coming his way. Ross Marshall, Cameron Mooney and Stuart Taylor all having great starts to the game in the back 3. 

Irish took the lead on 30 mins when a wicked Stuart Taylor free kick found Martin Rice at the back post who bulleted a header off an opposing defender into the roof of the net. 19 goals in 21 games now for Rice. 1-0. 

The Irish should have added to their lead when Connor Jack raced clear of the defence only to shoot straight at the visitors keeper. 

The game took a sinister turn on 40 mins when following a Crownpoint corner the referee was conned into giving a penalty for the most blatant of dives. In the melee that followed he then decided a booking was enough punishment for an opposing player head butting GIFC midfielder Mark Cleary. Utterly shambolic decision making from the official. 

Crownpoint converted the resulting penalty and the teams went in at half time level.1-1

HT 1-1. 

In the restart the refereeing performance went further downhill. This seemed to take a few of the GIFC players heads off the game as bookings and free kicks were being awarded for and against one team only. Mark Paterson, Stiles Owens, Stephen Cleary and Kieran Nicol all came on for the Irish in the second half. 

To their credit the Irish kept attacking but luck wasn’t to be on our side. 

Crownpoint exploited the high Irish line and scored 3 goals on the break late in the 2nd half. 

FT 1-4. 

The Irish management would like to express thanks to our players who yet again showed class in defeat. It’s becoming more and more apparent that some opposing sides haven’t an ounce of restraint in this department. 

Special mention to man of the match Ross Marshall, closely followed by David Griffin. Massive positives can be taken from today in terms of attitude and application. Having to endure some of the decisions given against the team is becoming harder and harder to accept. 

Mon The Irish 🇮🇪

GIFC Info Update 🇮🇪

GIFC Info Update
This has been the hardest stage of the season for our team with some poor results and below par performances. Understandably confidence levels have dropped. Things must be put into perspective however. The team is not 9 months old yet and we have the youngest squad at our level without a doubt. We also have a management team who are new to this so errors in judgement have been too many. We have seen squad members come and go so this has always been a work in progress. This is in no way a list of excuses but a small way of explaining where we are at as a club. 

If this was to be looked upon as a social experiment then the support, following and interest we have created has been nothing short of phenomenal. We are known of worldwide and have been encouraged by such support. We also have a solid base of support, mainly through social and alternative media at home here in Glasgow. The recent poor form is hard to take but please be in no doubt plans are already in place to improve our weaker areas both on and off the park. 

Our management team has decided to stay the course and will be doubly eager to start next season with renewed passion and drive. We will look to bring in people we can trust after certain members of the team/Coaching staff left without so much as a goodbye. We promise the players that won’t be the case ever again. 

Next season will see us wear the Ballbhoys Podcast logo on our new home kit. To clear up any misunderstanding this is not a sponsorship but a recognition of our friends at the Ballbhoys Pod. Something unique in amateur football. The team will also be well uniformed in our Matchday tracksuits and bags along with training kit which the players and club done brilliantly well to fund themselves for the most part. 

On the footballing side we have 3 league fixtures remaining. These are against arguably the best 3 teams in the league so there’s an opportunity for the players to regain some pride after our recent difficulties. The hard work and effort the squad have put in since our beginning has been phenomenal. With our first season under our belt and many, many lessons learned we truly feel if we keep the nucleus of the squad together we can approach next year with confidence. Patience and understanding will be needed but there’s no question the hard work and effort will be there. 

We hope we can continue to enjoy the tremendous support and encouragement we have received thus far. 
Mon The Irish. 🇮🇪