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Carluke Victoria v Glasgow Irish FC

GIFC travelled through to Carnwath to take on Carluke Victoria in this weekends fixture hoping to claw back some pride from a so far dismal season. With only pride left to play for in this campaign the GIFC management and committee were looking for a positive response following last weeks debacle against Calderside.

The Irish started well and Singh burst onto a through ball from Campbell only to be judged offside when a clear 5 yards on. This was to set the tone for a luckless display.

Carluke took the lead when Kevin Gallagher spilled a nothing free kick under no pressure to gift an opposition player the easiest of finishes. 1-0.

GIFC came closest to an equaliser when CB Mark Mullen seen a superb free kick touched onto the crossbar by the Victoria goalkeeper.

HT:1-0.

The Irish were 0-2 down within minutes of the restart when ill judgement in defence allowed the Carluke striker free to finish all too easily. 2-0.

Ross Campbell then surged into the Carluke box only to be fouled when about to pull the trigger. Penalty Irish.

Mark Mullen seen his well hit spot kick saved by the Carluke keeper.

The Irish threw caution to the wind and went 4 up top in the second half. This failed to muster a single goal scoring opportunity however.

Carluke made it 3-0 when sub keeper Euan Nelson let a weak free kick squirm underneath his reach. 3-0.

Another hellish showing from GIFC.

Man of the match Lucas Sayers.

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Carluke Victoria v Glasgow Irish FC Match Preview

Glasgow Irish FC are away from home this coming Sunday looking to bounce back from last weekends 1-12 mauling at the hands of Calderside AFC.

Last weekends fixture seen one of the darkest days for our club when the team capitulated against in form Calderside.

After matching their opponents for 20 mins the Irish lost 4 goals in the 25 minute period prior to half time.

No excuses on the day other than a mass collapse of confidence from the Black and Green. The performances of debutants Chris Snee and Lucas Sayers the only crumb of comfort for The Irish. Danny Singh scored a goal of top quality on an afternoon to forget as quickly as possible.

This week sees the return of Jacko Gordon, Steven Craven, Kevin Williams, Nathaniel Kelly and Kevin Gallagher to the GIFC Squad which should provide a more solid look to our team.

Richard McCabe, Stiles Owens, Gerrard Hughes and Tomo McShane are unavailable this weekend. GIFC management hope to have these players back soon.

Carluke Victoria will provide a stern test for The Irish on Sunday having impressed when drawing 0-0 in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season.

Already building for next season due to a realisation we are playing above our current level we must continue the fight and try to take as many positives as we can from this campaign.

Mon The Irish 🇮🇪

Glasgow Irish FC v Huntershill AFC

Glasgow Irish FC v Huntershill AFC

Holyrood Glasgow Club

31/1/18

The Irish were at Holyrood this Wednesday evening for a friendly against recently formed team Huntershill. GIFC management team Mulgrew and McCabe were keen to use this fixture to give recent new recruits an opportunity to force their way into a very competitive squad. This was also a good chance to rest some of the squad.

The surface at Holyrood left a lot to be desired but both teams made sure of a highly entertaining game.

Euan Nelson, Cameron McIntyre, Thomas McShane and Kevin Williams were all to make their debuts for the Irish on the night.

The game was to start pretty slowly as both sides struggled to get the ball down on a very antiquated artificial pitch.

The opening goal went the Irish way and owed a lot to the surface when Mulheron launched the ball forward from his own half only for the ball to take a wicked bounce over the opposition keeper and send the Irish ahead. 1-0.

The second wasn’t far away for the Green and White and Thomas McShane took the credit this time. Racing clear to finish emphatically from Gerrard Hughes through ball. 2-0.

Ross Campbell got the third when he finished well after strong midfield play by Steven Craven. 3-0.

Huntershill kept at it and debutant keeper Nelson had to remain alert on a couple of occasions.

The Irish went further ahead when Campbell turned provider for Jay Armstrong or Gerrard Hughes to tap home. The goal going to whoever you choose to believe after both players went for the same ball in eagerness to score. 4-0.

Five minutes before the break GIFC made it five when Tomo McShane blasted home from the edge of the box after being played in by the impressive Stiles Owens. 5-0.

HT:5-0.

The second half seen the Irish make several changes with Mullen>Hogan, Kelly>Campbell, Maguire>Hughes, Williams>Craven, Singh>McShane, Gordon>Armstrong.

Huntershill were to settle into the game and produced some real periods of quality football. Todd and Wheeler pegging The Irish lead back to a 3 goal margin.

FT:5-2.

This was a worthwhile run out for GIFC and some of the new signings offer encouragement for the remainder of the season.

Man of the match for GIFC Thomas McShane.

Glasgow Irish FC v Eastfield Star

GIFC v Eastfield Star

League Cup

28/1/18

The Irish welcomed Premier 1 side Eastfield to Scotstoun this Sunday aiming to progress in the League Cup. With recent signings Ross Campbell and Steven Craven in the squad there was some hope that a recent upturn in the atmosphere amongst the squad would transfer out onto the pitch.

The game started well for GIFC and Danny Singh was unlucky with a couple of through balls from midfield just failing to find the intended target. The forward almost opened the scoring when Mark Paterson crossed only for Singh to flash his header wide.

The Irish took the lead on 15 mins when full back Paul Mulgrew scored direct from a right footed corner. The ball eluding the Eastfield keeper with the help of a strong wind. 1-0.

This only served to motivate Star into life and they equalised almost immediately when their forward raced clear to beat the Irish offside trap to slot past Gallagher. 1-1

On 30 mins Eastfield went further ahead when Shaun McPhudd headed home unmarked from a Star corner. Criminal defending from the Irish. 1-2.

HT:1-2

The Irish rallied in the second half with Campbell coming on for Jay Armstrong Just after the restart to make his GIFC debut.

Plenty of possession with no end result seemed to be the order of the day for the Black and Green. Things were to get more difficult when GIFC were reduced to ten men. Mulgrew shown a straight red for a last man challenge after the pacy Eastfield Star striker had ran clean through on goal.

This wasn’t to hinder the Irish massively and they can feel very unlucky not to have been awarded not one but two penalties after Singh then Mulheron were rashly challenged. Both players unlikely to go down easily.

The inconsistency of officiating at our level was again cruely exposed when after taking the ball clear as day with a well timed challenge, Mulheron was adjudged to have fouled an Eastfield midfielder in the box. Shaun McPhudd scored his second of the day from the spot to wrap up the win for Star.

Positives from the day were the performance of GIFC keeper Gallagher who pulled off some top saves, the debut of Ross Campbell who looks a quality addition and the return to fitness of Stiles Owens after a long injury lay off.

We wish Eastfield all the best for the rest of the season.

GIFC v Eastend Star

Glasgow Irish FC v Eastend Star

Sunday 14th January 2018

Scotstoun Stadium Rear

Premier 3

The Irish welcomed league leaders Eastend Star to Scotstoun this weekend looking to get the second half of the season off to a positive start. Second bottom versus top of the pile would normally have suggested long odds on any Irish success. Recent changes in attitude from a group of players who have had a hard run this season have given great hope for the future however.

GIFC kicked off and were immediately pegged back by a slick footballing side in their opponents. Keeper Kevin Gallagher and his defence having to stay alert to snuff out some early Star attacks.

The Irish were to grow into the game with Connor Jack starting to make some progress on the left wing with some strong running at the Eastend fullback. Danny Singh was also making life very hard for the opposing defence and could have given the Irish the lead had he been more fortunate with some half chances going through on goal.

Eastend Star took the lead on 30 minutes when their number ten, a class act all afternoon, ran through the Irish midfield and defence to crash the ball high into the net. A goal of real quality from the midfielder. 0-1.

This didn’t deter the Irish however and they drew level 10 minutes later when Paterson showed superb composure to fire underneath the keeper after being played in by the impressive Danny Singh. 1-1.

Just before the interval the referee was to leave his own mark on the game by booking Mulheron and Armstrong with both players having done very little to merit this.

Connor Jack was then hauled to the ground only to see play simply waved on. After challenging the referee on this GIFC manager Paul Mulgrew was sent from the side of the park in another strange decision.

HT:1-1

The Irish has to reshuffle at half time due to an injury to full back Boyd. Kevin Maguire entered the play to give GIFC some much needed physicality up top.

Within 3 minutes of the restart the Black and Green were down to 10 men when Jay Armstrong received a second booking. Far worse tackles went unpunished throughout the match for both sides. Another very strange decision by the official.

Both sides had plenty of the ball with very little in the way of clear cut chances and the draw was looking the likely outcome until Eastend broke through and scored with virtually the last kick of the ball. 1-2.

A very frustrating day at the office for the Irish but one the players can take great positives from as they matched top of the league all over the park for long periods.

All the best to Eastend Star for the remainder of the season.

Man of the Match today Danny Singh.

Mulheron, Paterson and Gordon also impressive for the Irish.

GIFC- Kevin Gallagher, Stephen Cairns, Mark Mullen, Ryan Mulheron, Graham Boyd, Mark Paterson, Jack Gordon, Steven Craven, Jay Armstrong, Connor Jack, Daniel Singh.

Subs: Euan Nelson, Ryan Owens, Tony Deveney, Kevin Maguire, Nathaniel Kelly

Glasgow Irish FC v Kilsyth Rovers

GIFC v Kilsyth Rovers

Toryglen Indoors

Friday 5th January 2018

The Irish kicked off the new year with a friendly match versus Kilsyth Rovers. Rovers being two divisions beneath GIFC but also a team having a very good season. In comparison to the Irish who have found their current level a bit too tough to cope with so far, Kilsyth would have been the form team going into this fixture.

On the vast indoor surface of Toryglen Football Centre the two teams would produce a very entertaining spectacle with no shortage of quality football from both sides.

The game kicked off with both sides looking to get the ball down and the opening quarter seen some nice football all over the pitch. The Irish taking on a particularly attacking shape with a front 3 of Deveney, Singh and Paterson.

It was the GIFC forward line that was to threaten first when Jack played in Deveney to cross for Danny Singh to head across the keeper only to see his effort come off the far post. A move that deserved a better end result.

This gave Kilsyth a jag into action and they took the lead when Mulheron handled the ball to stop a Kilsyth cross into the box after a mix up by keeper Gallagher and his defence. With a penalty being awarded correctly, midfielder Steven Armstrong stepped up to send Kev Gallagher the wrong way and give Rovers the lead. 0-1.

After an exchange of some harsh words the Irish started to pass the ball more fluidly with Mulgrew, Jack and Deveney having some luck out on the left.

Jack Gordon started controlling the middle of the park and his influence grew as the game went on.

GIFC drew level when left back Mulgrew cut inside and fired over a right footed cross to the back post which Mark Paterson met in the air to cushion a fine header past the Kilsyth keeper. 1-1.

A great time for the Black and Green to grab a goal just before half time.

HT:1-1.

GIFC made some changes at the halfway stage with McBride replacing Deveney, Belton coming on for Cairns, Owens for Paterson and Mullen for McCabe.

McBride should have put the Irish ahead straight after his introduction when Singh squared the ball for his fellow striker only for McBride to screw his shot wide.

Kilsyth rarely threatened now and anything that did come near the Irish goal was dealt with no problem by keeper Gallagher.

GIFC went ahead when Graham McBride made sure there were no mistakes second time around when he fired high into the net after the square ball from Singh. 2-1.

The Irish went further ahead when Singh again turned provider when he squared for Jacko Gordon to stroke the ball home. 3-1.

Gordon then turned provider when the pass of the game found Connor Jack on the edge of the penalty area. The midfielder skipped past two challenges before planting the ball into the bottom corner with a right footed drive. 4-1.

More changes for GIFC seen Hogan, Kelly and Hughes take to the field for some much needed game time.

Kilsyth pulled another goal back when defensive uncertainty allowed Jack Stevenson in to finish well in the dying minutes. 4-2.

That brought the action to an end for the evening. A very highly entertaining match for both sides and one the players can be proud of.

Man of the match for GIFC, Danny Singh.

Glasgow Irish FC v Airdrie Albion

GIFC v Airdrie Albion League Cup Round 1

Scotstoun Stadium Rear 

Sunday 29th October 2017
GIFC were in cup action again this week with an injury ravaged squad leaving them with only one man on the bench. The attitude the squad have shown in recent weeks suggested this was merely an obstacle to be overcome however. 

Airdrie Albion arrived with a growing reputation and deservedly took the lead when a defensive mix up allowed the number 10 to fire home. 0-1. 

This only served to spark the Irish into life though and they were level on 30 mins when after some great hold up play by Kev Maguire, Jay Armstrong played in Jacko Gordon who took the ball from the edge of the centre circle and curled a 30 yard shot into the net. Jacko setting the tone for the day with a great goal and even better performance. 1-1. 

The Irish went ahead 5 mins later when Ryan Owens won a header on the halfway line and sent Connor Jack racing through on goal. Last seasons top scorer made no mistake with a fine finish, lobbing the Albion keeper from the edge of the box. Pure class. 2-1. 

HT:2-1

The Irish seemed to fall out of the game in the opening stages of the second half and allowed Airdrie an equaliser when failure to match runners from midfield left the defence exposed. 2-2. 

Things got even worse when Albion went ahead after criminal marking at a set piece seen Gallagher beaten from close range.The celebrations from Albion had many watching the game believing they had actually won the League Cup on scoring the 3rd goal. 2-3. 

GIFC then stepped things up. Birthday Bhoy Richie McCabe replaced Ryan Owens and a tactical reshuffle seen Paterson move up top. This paid dividends immediately when Connor Jack sent Paterson clear to fire across the Albion keeper and into the bottom corner for an exquisite finish. Great composure shown from the forward. 3-3. 

With 10 mins to go the Irish then scored the winner with a great passage of play. Returning defender Stephen Cairns won the ball and played up the line to Jacko Gordon who skipped past 4 Albion players before playing a 1-2 with Tony Deveney. Gordon hit the byeline before squaring the ball across goal for Paterson to fire high into the net for his second of the day. A great move getting its rewards. 4-3. 

FT:4-3. 

This was a top performance in a game both teams could have won. The Irish showing the mentality required to finish the job though. 

Man of the Match Connor Jack. Followed closely by Jacko Gordon. Maguire, Deveney and Cairns impressive on the day too. 

Mon the Irish 🇮🇪