Scotstoun Stadium Rear
Scottish Cup Round 2
GIFC were at home yesterday in the clubs first ever Scottish Cup fixture against a much fancied Forrest side who had breezed past each team they had faced on league and Cup duty with ease. Things didn’t look great for the Irish when Assistant Manager Barry Campbell had to rejig the starting 11 with two GIFC players caught in horrendous traffic before the game.
The Irish started poorly and fell behind early when an opposition midfielder cracked one home from long range. 0-1.
Lanarkshire then added two similar goals before half time as the Irish failed to offer any resistance all over the park.0-3.
Latecomers Armstrong and Mulgrew arrived on 60 mins to provide some fresh legs for the Irish only to see Forrest go 4 up when their attacker curled home a great free kick to surely put GIFC to bed.0-4.
GIFC could have accepted defeat all too easily but the introduction of Kevin Maguire was to prove an inspirational element to the end result. His impact was immediate as the young striker began holding up the ball and finally allowing the Irish to play around the opposition box.
The home side pulled one back when Mulgrews long throw was controlled by Maguire and he spun his defender to flight the ball over the Forrest keeper from the edge of the box. 1-4.
Goal number 2 arrived when Connor Jack, who had worked tirelessly throughout, went on a trademark mazy run before crashing the ball home from the edge of the penalty area. A truly outstanding goal from Jack. 2-4.
The Irish came close time on time again as some dangerous Mulgrew deliveries found targets inside the Forrest box. Armstrong and Dolan added some physicality to the GIFC midfield with Belton a standout in defence for the Green and Black.
The Irish scored their 3rd goal in ten minutes when the ball broke to Mulgrew on the 18 yard line and he sent a right footed drive low towards the goal. The Lanarkshire keeper could only parry the ball to the feet of Maguire and he wasted no time in firing the ball high into the net. 3-4.
Lanarkshire were on the ropes now and with 60 seconds remaining GIFC drew level.
Connor Jack flighted the ball into the box, the Forrest keeper looked to have no worries in dealing with the cross until the ball squirmed from his grasp. Ryan Mulheron was onto the error in a flash and sent a diving header into the net to save the day for Glasgow Irish.4-4.
The game would go straight to penalties and seen the Irish win 4-3 with Mulgrew, Armstrong, Jack and Paterson converting for GIFC. Keeper David Griffin saving the fourth to cement the victory for the Irish.
Man of the match- Sean Belton. Kevin Maguire a close second.
4 goals in the final 16 minutes showing everything about the mentality the Irish have developed.
All at GIFC would like to dedicate this victory to the memory of a friend of the club, Joseph “Leo” Tucker, who passed away suddenly last week. Erin Go Bragh, Leo.