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
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.
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 🇮🇪