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Glasgow Irish v Shawfield Wednesday 

Glasgow Irish FC v Shawfield Wednesday  

Sunday 25th September 2016

Division 2A League Fixture 2

GIFC went into this game facing an unknown quantity as they played the second league game at home in successive weeks. After two superb training sessions midweek the Irish were keen to put the practice to good use. 

A sluggish start from GIFC seen a Shawfield forward get in between the defence and goalkeeper to sweep the ball high into the net for an early lead. 0-1

This only proved to anger the Irish and after good chances for Rice and Paterson it was the latter of the two that drew GIFC level. Great wing play from Kieran Nicol set up Mark Paterson to blast the ball beneath the visiting goalkeeper. 1-1. 

The outstanding Shaun Munro then squared for striker Lewis Maitland to finish with ease. 2-1. 

Maitland then turned provider when he played a ball across the face of goal for Martin Rice to stroke the ball home. 3-1. 

The big striker then scored his second when Mark Paterson crossed for him to finish at the back post. 4-1. 

Shaun Munro was causing all sorts of problems for the visitors and the Irish were awarded a penalty after the midfielder was hauled to the ground. Lewis Maitland unselfishly handed the ball to Martin Rice and he completed a first half hat trick with a powerful spot kick. 5-1. 

Munro then got reward for his endeavour when his drive from just outside the box took a wicked deflection into the net. 6-1. 

HT 6-1. 

The Irish seen debutants Cameron Mooney, Ross Marshall and Barry Campbell enter the game. Unfortunately for Shawfield this done nothing to slow GIFC down. 

Lewis Maitland hit his second when he outpaced the opposition defence to fire home from out wide after another Munro assist. 7-1. 

Maitland then completed his hat trick when from another Shaun Munro pass he curled a first time shot into the far corner leaving the goalkeeper clutching at air. 8-1. 

The outstanding Danny Singh put the Irish further ahead when he cracked home from the edge of the box from a Lewis Maitland lay off. 9-1. 

Lewis Maitland then calmly stuck away a penalty after the unplayable Shaun Munro had been fouled by the keeper. 10-1. 

Number 11 for the Irish was something to behold. Captain Paul McAuley carried the ball out from his own half, beating two players on his way to the edge of the box before playing a one-two with Lewis Maitland and sending a screamer with his left foot into the top corner of the net. 11-1. 

FT 11-1. 

Man of the match Lewis Maitland. Followed by Shaun Munro. 

Every single player on the field for GIFC were worthy of this accolade. 

Glasgow Irish FC v Gorbals United

Glasgow Irish FC v Gorbals United 

Sunday 18th September, Scotstoun. 

The Irish kicked off the league campaign against a Gorbals United side that had dominated their Group Section with a 100% winning record. The end result of today’s fixture would give the Irish an idea of the standard we will face in the coming months. 

GIFC started the game on the front foot and had several early chances to score only for a lack of composure to keep the game goalless. 

After some fantastic passing in midfield Kieran Nicol raced away from the opposition defence to square for striker Lewis Maitland to calmly finish. 1-0. 

This was a decent game for the neutral as both teams fought hard to break each other down. Danny Singh was a standout in the middle of the park for GIFC and hit the post with an effort from 25 yards after a series of Irish attacks. 

HT 1-0. 

The second half brought more of the same from GIFC and young midfielder Shaun Munro bagged his 3rd goal of the season showing great awareness to react inside the box and finish despite calls for offside. 2-0. 

Lewis Maitland then charged down the Gorbals keeper and forced an error which he took full advantage of. The strikers bravery paying off as he rolled the ball home for goal number 5 of the season. 3-0. 

Stephen Cleary then replaced striker Martin Rice, who had put in a great shift. The goal of the day came when Shaun Munro sent a 40 yard pass with the outside of his right foot to Lewis Maitland who sent a great ball across goal for striker Cleary to make a hard finish look easy. 4-0

FT 4-0. 

The Irish were outstanding today and hope to carry this form into our coming league fixtures. The pace of the team moving forward was frightening and only equalled on the day by superb defending from keeper Griffin, McAuley, McCabe and Cairns. 

GIFC were delighted to see Dan McManus, Jack Gordon and Ryan McGarvey make their debuts. McManus in particular acquitted himself well replacing the injured Stuart Taylor who had been having a great game until he pulled his hamstring. 

Man of the match today was skipper Paul McAuley. Other stand outs were Lewis Maitland, David Griffin and Richard McCabe. Every single member of the squad can feel hugely proud of the efforts contributing to today’s result. 

Mon the Irish. 🇮🇪

Townhead Thistle v Glasgow Irish FC

Townhead Thistle v Glasgow Irish FC
Presidents Cup First Round
The Irish travelled the short distance to Coatbridge for their first ever competitive cup match this Sunday past in confident mood after some great application in recent weeks training. This proved to be a day to forget however. 

The game started at a frantic pace with Irish having the majority of the ball. Wasteful passing and some baffling calls from the referee seemed to knock the players off guard and they fell behind when a costly error from skipper McAuley allowed the Townhead number 9 the chance to slip the ball under Griffin all too easily. 1-0. 

GIFC simply couldn’t get going and repeatedly poor offside calls from the ref meant the frustration grew throughout the team. Step forward Danny Singh. A cross from the right was partially cleared by the home sides defence and Singh latched onto the ball on the edge of the box. He took a touch before guiding the ball into the corner of the net from 20 yards out. A simply class finish from the midfielder that would set the tone for his performance for the day. 1-1. 

The first half seen both sides miss chances and the Irish were happy to see half time after a dreadful start. 

HT 1-1. 

The Irish started the second period well and Stephen Cleary should have done better when through on goal although credit must go to the opposition keeper for the save. Another unforced error at the back allowed Townhead another lead in the game as a loose ball allowed one of their midfielders to lob the ball over the Irish keeper. 2-1. 

With Townhead shooting downhill and the wind behind them the GIFC had to withstand some relentless attacks and fell further behind when a corner was partially cleared back to the taker and he sent an unstoppable volley past Griffin from an almost impossible position. The one goal conceded on the day the Irish couldn’t complain about. 3-1. 

Lewis Maitland replaced Stephen Cleary and brought immediate impact to the game with some brave running at the Townhead defence. The Irish then pulled another goal back when Martin Rice finished beautifully after some clever midfield play. 3-2. 

The Irish defence frailties were once again exploited when hesitation by McCabe and McAuley let a Townhead forward through to give Griffin no chance with a lobbed finish. 4-2. 

Kieran Nicol replaced Connor Jack and Craig Conroy made his Irish debut replacing Paul Stanton. 

Irish then took a foothold in the game with Singh, Cairns, Maitland and Nicol the driving force on the park. Shaun Munro then gave the Irish a lifeline with a tidy finish from the edge of the box. 4-3. 

You could tell it wasn’t going to be the Irish day when striker Martin Rice was inexplicably sent off for having a discussion with the referee. A shocking decision at any level of the game. 

This didn’t deter GIFC though and they drew level with the last kick of the ball when a cut back found Kieran Nicol who showed immense composure to fire the Irish level. 4-4. 

The game then went straight to penalties where Irish would be beaten 5-3. 

Irish only have themselves to blame for the result but must be praised for the second half fight back against what could be described as 12 men. 

Man of the match for GIFC Daniel Singh. 

Pass marks to Stephen Cairns, Lewis Maitland and Kieran Nicol. 

Lanarkshire Amateurs 5-5 Glasgow Irish FC

Lanarkshire Amateurs 5-5 Glasgow Irish FC
Stepford Playing Fields Sunday 28th August League Group Section
Glasgow Irish went into the last game of the League Section unbeaten. Some disharmony around the team meant Irish had lost 4 players previous to this match day. The starting 11 was somewhat thrown together and this showed as GIFC found themselves 0-3 down after 30 minutes due to some nightmarish defending. 

Things changed however when Connor Jack latched on to a Martin Rice assist and blasted the ball home. 3-1

Jack then notched a second from the penalty spot after the impressive Daniel Singh had been brought down inside the box. Connor with his 11th goal in 6 games. 3-2

Glasgow Irish continued the pressure and Daniel Singh shot home from the edge of the box after a scramble from Connor Jacks corner. 3-3

The Irish then went ahead after a superb run and cross from Kieran Nicol seen him deliver a perfect ball for striker Martin Rice to volley home in some style. 3-4

HT 3-4
Half time came at the wrong time for GIFC who were building a great momentum just as it drew to a close. The Irish started sluggishly and Lanarkshire drew level after a clearly offside forward was allowed to run free and shoot home. 4-4

This set the tone for a series of strange decisions from the official which influenced both teams. 

Irish hit the post twice and spurned a host of other chances in search of a winner. 

After pressing the game high the Irish suffered a blow when goalkeeper David Griffin, who had an impressive game, was sent off after being adjudged to have handled outside the box. Mark Paterson took over in goals. His 3rd positional change of the game. 

Irish went behind again when a Lanarkshire corner was partially cleared and a midfielder cracked home a great volley from the edge of the box. 5-4. 

With only one minute on the clock GIFC were up against it. Lewis Maitland stepped up after missing some earlier chances when he beat 5 men to then fire under the opposition keeper and earn the Irish a superb point away from home. 

We now finish top of the Group Section unbeaten and unbroken after the recent happenings at the club. 

Man of the match for GIFC Mark Paterson. 

Impressive on the day were Paul Stanton, Stephen Cairns, Daniel Singh, Connor Jack and Kieran Nicol. 

 

Glasgow Irish 8-4 Rangers AFC

Glasgow Irish FC 8-4 Rangers AFC

League Section Game 5. 
Jimmy McGrory Park Thursday 25th August
Glasgow Irish decided to give this fixture the platform it deserved by playing the game at one of the city’s famous Junior grounds. Another healthy crowd showed up to witness a strange game that produced 12 goals. Probably a more enjoyable game for the neutral. 

GIFC management had to reshuffle the original starting eleven when some motorway mayhem caused 3 of the players to arrive late. 

This did little to stop the momentum this team has gathered in recent months and the Irish went ahead on 5 mins when Martin Rice played a great ball through for young Shaun Munro to show superb composure to finish. 1-0

Irish then went further ahead when Richard McCabe hit an early contender for goal of the season. The ball broke some 35 yards from goal and the GIFC midfielder smashed a fierce first time volley high into the net. A well deserved goal for the big midfielder. 2-0

GIFC then conspired to step down the tempo of the game and Rangers pulled a goal back when some shocking defending was punished by a Rangers forward. 2-1

Irish hit back almost immediately as forward Stephen Cleary raced clear to shoot home after some smart play in midfield. 3-1

HT 3-1

Irish started the second half in sluggish fashion and Rangers scored a second when more uncertainty in defence was punished despite stand in keeper Kevin McCaigs best efforts to keep the ball out. 3-2

This spurred the Irish on and half time sub Connor Jack scored after a smart through ball from Stephen Cairns. Jack hitting a left foot shot beyond the Rangers keeper from the edge of the box. 4-2

Martin Rice then continued his run of scoring with a smart finish after some nice wing play from Lewis Maitland. 5-2

Rangers pulled another goal back after a period of pressure in which keeper McCaig had to make several smart stops. 5-3

The Irish then went further clear when Stephen Cleary finished well from a Martin Rice assist. 6-3

Player/Manager Paul Mulgrew was brought on for what would be his last game at any level and made an immediate impact when, with his first touch, he crossed from a dead ball for striker Martin Rice to side foot home at the back post. 7-3

Connor Jack then grabbed his second of the game with a cool finish from close range which gave the Rangers keeper no chance. 9 goals in 5 games for the winger. 8-3

Rangers then scored another consolation after more sloppy defensive play from GIFC. 

FT 8-4
Man of the match for GIFC was Mark Cleary. 

Good on the day were Lewis Maitland and Stephen Cleary. 

Next up for the Irish is the final group game against Lanarkshire Amateurs. 

Glasgow Irish FC 5-2 Newmains Amateurs 

Glasgow Irish FC 5-2 Newmains Amateurs 
League Group Section

Sunday 21st August Scotstoun Stadium Astrograss

The Irish were at home this week after two away trips in the previous weeks fixtures. With opponents Newmains the biggest threat to the GIFC hopes of topping the League Section Group this was going to be a tough game after last weekends hard earned draw away from home at Newmains. 

Three games inside a week looked to have taken its toll on the Irish players and they looked lethargic in the opening minutes. Newmains exploited this and took the lead on 7 minutes when a strike from outside the box crept through Irish goalkeeper Griffins grasp. 

This seemed to waken the Irish up and after some decent chances were created striker Martin Rice was barged to the ground inside the box where a penalty was the correct decision. Connor Jack sent the keeper the wrong way to draw the Irish level. 

Half time 1-1. 

Irish came out of the traps in the second and half time substitute Shaun Munro started getting the game flowing with intelligent running and through balls. The Irish went ahead on 50 mins when Lewis Maitland found striker Martin Rice who kept a calm head to fire into the roof of the net. 2-1

This knocked the wind out of Newmains and Irish went two goals clear when Captain Paul McAuley sent over an inch perfect free kick for young winger Connor Jack to dink the ball over the keeper. A touch of class in both delivery and finish from the players involved. 3-1

GIFC then let Newmains back into the game when the left midfield cut inside and gave Griffin no chance with a smart finish. 3-2

Irish hit back immediately when Martin Rice knocked the ball on for Connor Jack to smash the ball home with his right foot from a very awkward angle. The young man with his second hat trick in as many games. 4-2

Finishing the scoring for the day some superb passing on the floor from Munro onto Mark Paterson who unselfishly cut the ball back for substitute Aidan Rodgers to drill the ball home. 5-2

This was a great comeback from the Irish after a very sluggish start. 

Man of the Match Connor Jack. 

Outstanding for Irish were Richard McCabe, Martin Rice, Mark Cleary and Shaun Munro. 

Glasgow Rangers Amateurs 2-6 Glasgow Irish FC 

Glasgow Rangers AFC 2 – 6 Glasgow Irish FC 

The Irish were away from home again to play in something of a grudge match against local rivals Rangers. With warnings already coming from the League Committee regarding any poor behaviour from both sets of teams/fans this was a very tense affair. Just over 300 people attended the game at Stepford Playing Parks with The Irish having the larger crowd to drive them on. 

GIFC started the game with 4 men up front and began attacking early on. Martin Rice can feel very unlucky not to have opened the scoring with some early chances. The big striker created the first goal of the game for Connor Jack when he whipped over a great cross and left winger volleyed home with his right foot to put the Irish 1-0 up. 

Following the goal GIFC started to make unforced errors and Rangers scored 2 goals in quick succession following poor defensive decisions from a very shaky defence. 

The Irish then proceeded to miss chance after chance and hit the woodwork 3 times in the first half alone. 

Martin Rice wouldn’t give up on any through ball and he drew the game level catching onto a fine pass from his midfield and firing across the keeper to score his 3rd goal in 3 games. 

HT 2-2

Some harsh words from GIFC management during the interval had the desired effect as GIFC showed more of the level they have shown themselves to be capable of. Despite missing some early chances it was Martin Rice again who showed a touch of composure to sprint clear of the Rangers defence and shoot past the keeper with a clever finish. 3-2 GIFC. 

Youngster Connor Jack then out paced the Rangers defence before chipping the ball over a helpless goalkeeper. 4-2 Irish. 

Some substitutions and a change of shape seemed to steady the Irish and the goal of the night came soon after. Substitute striker Stephen Cleary took a touch some 25 yards from goal before lashing the ball into the roof of the net to send the Irish fans into massive applause. 5-2 Irish. 

Martin Rice was then pulled down in the box and Connor Jack stepped up to send a class penalty into the net for number 6 and the young mans hat trick. 6-2 Irish.  

The game ran out of steam after this although Rangers missed a penalty with a few minutes to spare. David Griffin saving the first of his GIFC career. 

FT 6-2. 

This was a game with potential for trouble but it must be said both sets of players and supporters were a credit to themselves. The return fixture should be another game to savour for both squads. 

Man of the match for GIFC Martin Rice. 

Other top performers were Connor Jack, David Griffin and Tony Owens. ​