Glasgow Irish FC v Eastend Star
Sunday 14th January 2018
Scotstoun Stadium Rear
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.
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