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Glasgow Irish FC v Red Star Bagrade

Sunday 8th April 2018

Premier 3

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).


PFD v Glasgow Irish FC

Premier League 3

Friday April 6th 2018

Clydebank High

Glasgow Irish were away to PFD on league duty this Friday evening only 5 days after a heavy loss to the Clydebank side in the league. This scenario offered a quick chance of redemption for the Irish as manager Richard McCabe reshuffled his pack in the hope of bouncing back from Sunday’s disappointing result.

Striker Martin Rice and defender Ross Marshall were introduced to the starting line up. Both players making a second debut for the Glasgow Irish. Kevin Williams returned after injury and Lucas Sayers started in central defence.

It was the home team that opened the scoring early in the game when a PFD midfielder seen his shot narrowly beat keeper Kevin Gallagher. 1-0.

This only seemed to anger GIFC and they drew level when Steven Craven chipped the ball over the top for Danny Singh to control and finish into the far corner with ease. Singh now in full flow for the Irish and playing his best since joining the club. 1-1.

GIFC then took the lead when Ryan Mulheron found Martin Rice in the box from a superb free kick. The big striker had scored on his first debut for the Irish and made sure of the same in debut number two when he sent the ball home with a sweet strike. 1-2.

The Irish were rampant now and grabbed a two goal advantage on 25 mins when Danny Singh sent Martin Rice clear to lob the PFD keeper. Another goal of sheer class from the big striker. 1-3.

Martin Rice then completed a sensational first half hat trick when he got up to meet a fantastic cross from Tony Owens and head past the PFD keeper. A class first half performance from the returning striker. 1-4.

Tony Owens was then to steal the show for the Irish.

It’s taken the midfielder almost two years to find the net for the club but he blew the Goal of The Season competition out of the water with last nights strike.

From his own half, Owens pounced on a loose ball and smashed a right foot shot over the PFD keeper and into the net. (Water bottle in hand, may I add).1-5.

PFD were to find the net again in a high scoring first half to reduce the deficit. 2-5.


PFD came out of the traps in the second half only for GIFC to withstand any pressure coming their way.

Keeper Kevin Gallagher a steadying influence on his defence a major plus for the Irish.

Ross Marshall is another debutant who impressed. The returning defender always an asset for GIFC with his tireless work ethic. J Jeffrey, Jay Armstrong, Mark Mullen, Gerrard Hughes and Jacob Sayers all replacing Martin Rice, Kevin Williams, Tony Owens, Mark Paterson and Marshall respectively.

Both sides seemed to cancel each other out in the second half although Gerry Hughes almost made it two in two when he turned the PFD right back inside out before hitting just past the post with his left foot. Hughes continuing to prove his worth to the Irish cause.


This was a superb victory for the Irish with many positives.

Jay Armstrong getting some much needed game time after a season blighted by injury a big plus point.

Martin Rice with the first half hat trick making him a no brainer for Man of The Match with Daniel Singh hot on his heels after another class performance.

All in, there wasn’t a poor player on the park for the Irish. If they are to lose this Jekyll and Hyde mentality and inconsistency of performance then they can be a force to be reckoned with against any team.

Manager Richard McCabe showing what a fine manager he is shaping up to be with his selections.

The Irish entertain Aberdeen Supporters team Red Star Bagrade this coming Sunday on league duty. A fixture that has always had a bit of spice to it for whatever reason.

GIFC v Red Star

Sunday 8th April

Scotstoun Stadium Rear

14:15 kick off.

Glasgow Irish FC v Gorbals United

Sunday 25th March 2018, Scotstoun Stadium Rear.

GIFC faced Gorbals United at home this Sunday hoping to avenge a heavy defeat in the seasons previous fixture between the two clubs.

GIFC manager Richard McCabe was facing a side with plenty of goals in them. The Irish have been showing signs of improvement recently but have to begin turning performance into points.

Gorbals United started the game well and went ahead early doors when the Irish were caught out at the back all too easily yet again. A simple tap in for the Gorbals striker giving them the lead. 0-1.

This early setback only proved to inspire the Irish into life and they drew level with a goal of real quality.

Keeper Euan Nelson hit Jordan Jeffrey with a long ball and the forward found Danny Singh with an inch perfect cross from the left wing. Singh then took a lovely touch before cracking the ball into the top corner to draw the game level. A fantastic finish from the GIFC man. 1-1


The Irish started the second half well and could have went ahead when Connor Jack seen an effort from outside the box pushed onto the bar by the Gorbals keeper.

Some tough tackling then ensued from both teams as they looked to grab a foothold in the game.

The Irish won this battle however and took a deserved lead when Connor Jack found Jordan Jeffrey and he continued a fine run of form as he raced clear to fire in off the post. 2-1.

Gerrard Hughes was introduced for Mark Paterson who had ran himself into the ground. Hughes impact was immediate as he imposed himself on the game.

Goal number three came from Jordan Jeffrey when another assist from the outstanding Connor Jack seen the striker bury a right footed finish past the Gorbals keeper. 3-1.

To their credit, Gorbals kept coming at the Irish but solid defending from Nelson, Mullen, Mulheron, McIntyre, Lucas Sayers and Stephen Cairns throughout the game meant they got little reward for their efforts.

Jacko Gordon and Steven Craven had complete control in midfield in what looks to be a partnership to get excited about.Both players complementing each other’s styles throughout. Danny Singh and Connor Jack showing real class throughout made for some decent viewing from the sidelines.

Goal number four arrived after the Irish were awarded a penalty.

Regular spot kick taker Connor Jack unselfishly offered the ball to Jordan Jeffrey for his hat trick only to see the young striker hand the ball back. A great show of sportsmanship from the two GIFC players and Jack made no mistake as usual from the spot. 4-1.

This was far and away the best result in a very difficult season so far from GIFC and they must look to continue this form and build going forward.

Man of the match on the day was Jordan Jeffrey.

Indeed a number of GIFC players could have walked away with that honour as there were top performances throughout the side. Stephen Cairns displaying the “Cairns Turn” late in the match a highlight of the day.

All the best to the Gorbals who have more than enough in the tank to bounce back from this result.

Mon The Glasgow Irish 🇮🇪✊🏻

Cambuslang FA v Glasgow Irish FC

The Irish were away at Stepford Playing Parks this past weekend against an impressive Cambuslang side.

What was to transpire was one of the strangest games of football anyone watching would have seen.

Recent signing Jacob Sayers gave the Irish an early lead when Gerry Hughes played him through. The youngster rounding the keeper before calmly slotting the ball home. 0-1.

GIFC almost went further ahead when Sayers had his shot from a tight angle cleared off the line.

Cambuslang drew level when sloppy play in midfield was punished and keeper Nelson was beaten when offered no protection from his defence. 1-1.


After being on top for the majority of the first half GIFC then imploded in the opening 10 mins of the second.

Cambuslang were to score 5 goals with no reply in a ten minute spell which seen the Irish collapse. A lack of confidence and no responsibility being taken surely contributory factors. 6-1.

Cairns, Paterson, Gordon, Hogan and Campbell were introduced to the field and the Irish responded immediately when Ross Campbell hit one into the corner from the edge of the box. 6-2.

The Irish continued to press and were caught on the break twice resulting in clinical finishing from Cambuslang. 8-2.

GIFC rolled their sleeves up and fought on. Connor Jack reduced the deficit when he finished brilliantly after being played in by Ross Campbell. 8-3.

Campbell was in for some rough treatment from the home team and his being brought down on the edge of the area resulted in Connor Jack firing the free kick into the top corner for the goal of the game. 8-4.

Mark Paterson then finished of the days scoring after charging down the Camby keeper and showing superb composure to finish well. 8-5.


The full time whistle coming a little too soon for an Irish side that finished the game so well. Well done to Cambuslang who scored every chance they had given one or two misses. The ruthlessness of their finishing providing a harsh lesson for the Irish.

GIFC manager Mulgrew admitted after the game he had picked the wrong team and takes full responsibility for this weeks result.

A great end to a very entertaining game.

Man of the match for GIFC Ross Campbell.

Shawfield Athletic v Glasgow Irish FC

Glasgow Irish were in Springburn last night against Shawfield Athletic in a challenge match which was an opportunity for both teams to experiment with some new ideas. GIFC were able to give 3 trialists some game time in what was a worthwhile workout for the Black and Green.

GIFC assistant manager Ricardo McCabe took the reigns for this fixture and showed how valuable he is to the Irish Cause with some sharp decision making throughout the game.

The Irish started the game sluggishly although the midfield 3 of Craven, Williams and Jack were starting to show their class early doors.

Seany Belton was the man to spark the game into life when he sent Paterson clear to unselfishly square the ball for Danny Singh who gave the Shawfield keeper no chance with a tidy finish. 0-1.

Belton was the main actor when goal number two arrived for GIFC when he volleyed home from the edge of the box after an attempted clearance landed nicely for him. 0-2.

Half Time:0-2.

The interval seen the Irish make a raft of changes with trialists Peter Mullen and Chris Gillespie, the younger brother of former Liverpool and Celtic defender Gary Gillespie, introduced to the field.

Indeed it was Chris Gillespie who marked his debut with a well taken finish after being sent clear by the impressive Gerrard Hughes. 0-3.

The fourth arrived when Stephen Cairns played a clever dummy from Gerry Hughes pass to allow Gillespie to Bag his second of the game with a clinical drive. 0-4.

This ended the scoring for the evening. A well deserved victory for a low in confidence Irish side. There were only positives this evening and the debuts of P.Mullen, D.Mckiver Gibb and C.Gillespie major bonuses from a tough period for the Black and Green.

Man of The Match for GIFC was Steven Craven.

All the very best to Shawfield Athletic as they approach the beginning of their league season.

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.


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.

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 🇮🇪