Sunday 8th April 2018
Scotstoun Stadium Rear
The Irish took on big rivals Red Star looking to build on Friday nights superb result against PFD.
Irish manager Richard McCabe had several players unavailable and had to be shrewd in his team selection on the day. The young manager gathering some impressive momentum early on in his tenure. The aim for the Irish to finish a disappointing season strongly the main target for the rest of the campaign.
The Irish started sluggishly and two games in two days looked to have induced an understandable fatigue on the squad.
Red Star opened the scoring when a ball over the top was dealt with poorly by the Irish defence and the Red Star forward made them pay with a cool finish. 0-1.
This subdued the GIFC performance furthermore and Red Star could have added more had it not been for some resolute goalkeeping from Kevin Gallagher.
The game was turned on its head just before the interval when a Red Star player was sent off afor a second booking.
The extra man advantage didn’t really show and the Irish were pegged back in their own half for the opening of the second half.
To their credit GIFC started to get the ball down and play as they can. The introduction of Jay Armstrong and Kevin Williams freshened things up and the Irish were level on 65 mins.
A free kick was awarded 22 yards from goal. Danny Singh stepped up to fire the ball into the top corner with right footed drive. The diminutive forward continuing his great form since the turn of the year. 1-1.
The Irish had a stranglehold on the game now and Mark Paterson started to cause the Star defence some real problems.
On 80 mins the Irish went ahead when Kevin Williams played in Jefferson-McNulty and he drove home in off the post from the edge of the box for his 5th goal in as many games for GIFC. A class passing move involving Paterson and Williams in the build up. 2-1.
Another Red Star player then received a red card as frustrations understandably grew.
On 90 mins the game was wrapped up when Paterson played the ball to Connor Jack who took a touch before shooting home from just outside the box. Top scorer Jack with his 12th of the season. 3-1
This was a massive effort from The Black and Green with it being their 3rd game inside 7 days.
Man of the Match was Danny Singh.
Impressive for the Irish were Sean Belton, Lucas Sayers, Mark Paterson, Jefferson-McNulty and Kevin Williams.
Gallagher, Cairns(Armstrong), Mullen, Sayers(Deveney), McIntyre(Paterson), Belton, Mulheron, Jack, Jefferson-McNulty(Owens), Hughes(Williams).