Scotstoun Stadium Rear, Sunday 6th August 2017
The Irish were at home in the opening competitive fixture of the season today against a strong Cranhill side. The young GIFC side were to learn plenty in the ways of hard luck by the end of the 90 mins.
The opening 10-15 mins seen the Irish hold Cranhill in their own half without finding a cutting edge in front of goal. Mcenaney and Singh were lively for GIFC and Paterson was unlucky not to get on the end of some clever through balls from midfield.
The cruel fate the Irish have encountered of late struck again on 20 mins when a Cranhill midfielder was left unmarked to head the ball in off the upright from a corner. 0-1.
The Irish pressed from centre but were sucker punched when the Cranhill forward broke free to lob keeper Barr from just outside the box despite there being more than a hint of offside. 0-2.
Kelly replaced Deveney and Bletsas came on for the injured Sean Belton who again had been impressive at full back. Paterson looked lively when moved to right midfield causing the Cranhill defence to remain sharp.
Some nice flowing football went through the midfield with no end product for GIFC.
Both teams were reduced to 10 men with skipper Mulheron sent off for very little.
Cranhill went further ahead when another corner was poorly marked and the free man slotted home. 0-3.
GIFC can learn plenty from today’s game and take heart from never letting the heads go down.
Cranhill deserved winners on the day.
Man of the match for GIFC was Matthew Kelly.
GIFC- Kelly, Belton, Mulheron, McCabe, Cairns, Deveney, Singh, Mcenaney, Jack, Dolan, Paterson.
Subs- Haughey, Maguire, Kelly, Bletsas.