Cambuslang FA v Glasgow Irish FC

Cambuslang FA v Glasgow Irish FCSunday 6th November 2016. 

The Irish were away from home to the Southside of the city this weekend at Barlia Complex in Castlemilk looking to get back on track after last weekends narrow defeat to Sporting Pumas. 

A decent opening spell from GIFC was rewarded when they took the lead on 7 mins. Josh Reilly getting the credit after pressuring a Cambuslang defender into an error which seen him deflect the ball into his own net. 0-1. 

Irish kept on the pressure and Martin Rice powered home a header after a great delivery from John Michael Connelly via a corner. 0-2. 

Josh Reilly then had to be replaced due to injury. Shaun Munro came on in his place and scored the goal of he game with his first touch. A poor clearance fell to the youngster and he cracked a first time shot from 25 yards into the roof of the net to give GIFC a further lead. 0-3. 

What was to follow can only be described as pathetic from GIFC as we conspired to implode all over the pitch. 

Cambuslang got a goal back before half time when David Griffin was finally beaten after a series of outstanding saves. 1-3. 

HT1-3. 

The Irish looked lethargic as the second half got under way and conceded a penalty within moments of the restart. David Griffin was booked despite having no involvement in the incident which brought the penalty decision. The Irish keeper saved the spot kick and the rebound from the penalty taker to keep the Irish two ahead. 

This should have inspired his teammates to raise their game. This wasn’t to be the case though as we conceded two quick fire goals following some inexplicable errors from a usually steady midfield and defence. 3-3. 

Keeper David Griffin was then shown a second yellow with left back Stuart Taylor replacing him in goals. The baffling decision to book Griffin for no part in the penalty incident coming back to haunt the Irish. 

With 3 minutes to go the hungrier team won the game after another cheap giveaway in possession seen the defence punished yet again. 

4-3. 

The Irish have no one to blame but themselves and must stand up and be counted after a horror show today. 

Man of the match today for GIFC was David Griffin. 

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Glasgow Irish FC v Sporting Pumas

Glasgow Irish FC v Sporting Pumas
30th October, Scotstoun Stadium. 

GIFC were at home this week aiming to continue an unbeaten start to the league campaign. Recent results giving the squad every confidence of a positive result. 

The game kicked of at a fast pace and Martin Rice tried from distance a couple of times with no luck. 

Irish were wasteful in the final third and a series of corners and free kicks proved fruitless despite our best efforts. 

Sporting were coming into the game and hit the bar after a great effort from their number ten Chesney. 

This spurred the visitors on and they took the lead when from a corner a Sporting player was allowed a free header across goal to pick out his teammate with yet another free header to take the lead. A tad harsh on the Irish but some terrible defending getting all it deserved. 0-1. 

HT 0-1. 

Irish started the second half the better team, beginning to ask questions of the Sporting defence. 

Prolific winger Connor Jack equalised when a poor clearance fell to him on the corner of the 18 yard box and he smashed a right foot volley into the top corner. 1-1. 

The game then took an ugly turn when midfielder Danny Singh was inexplicably red carded after being head butted by a midfield opponent. Both teams reduced to ten men although only one player resorted to violence. 

Glasgow Irish almost took the lead when Martin Rice showed great strength to win a header only to see it come off the far post. 

Sporting then scored the winning goal when poor marking from yet another corner resulted in the ball being smashed high into the net after confusion in the box. 1-2. 

Sporting could have went further ahead but for keeper David Griffin pulling off a remarkable save from a powerful shot from distance which looked in all the way. Keeper Griffin continuing a superb run of form. 

FT 1-2

A sore defeat from the Irish but one we will learn from. The players can feel proud of the recent attitude. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Connor Jack. Closely followed by Cameron Mooney, Paul McAuley, Stephen Cairns and Martin Rice. 

Special mention must also go to the Sporting Pumas defender who took great pleasure in racially abusing one of our players. We hope yourself and your club are proud of such behaviour. 

Shawfield Wednesday v Glasgow Irish FC

Shawfield Wednesday v Glasgow Irish FC

Division 2A

Sunday 16th October 2016

Crownpoint Sports Complex

GIFC took on Shawfield in their third league fixture in an away game this week at Crownpoint looking to keep a fine run of form going. 

The Irish started in a 3-5-2 formation and showed great application from the off. Early chances falling to recent signing Josh Reilly and striker Connor Jack. 

Irish were of the mark on 14 mins when Ross Marshall won a brave header to send Josh Reilly clear and the forward chased the ball right to the last to force the ball over the line to give GIFC a deserved lead. 0-1. 

The Irish were happy to knock the ball around and displayed some superb passing all over the park as they took the wind out of Shawfield. 

HT 0-1. 

Irish started the second half with a 4-4-2 formation and proved far too strong for the home side to cope with. 

Connor Jack scored the second from the penalty spot on 59 mins after Ross Marshall had been hauled down in the box. 0-2. 

Jack then added his second and the Irish third when he finished after some great play from strike partner Josh Reilly. 0-3. 

Vice captain Stephen Cairns then chipped in with a powerful drive from the corner of the 18 yard box on 78 mins with Reilly again providing the assist. 0-4. 

The Irish were superb to watch and went further ahead when John Biggins gathered a lay off from Josh Reilly and smashed the ball home via a slight deflection on 80 mins. 0-5. 

Midfield powerhouse Ross Marshall completed the scoring for GIFC when he tapped home in 88 mins following a superb run and pass from Connor Jack. 0-6. 

The Irish were in fine form today and can feel very proud of themselves in not getting involved with the opposition after some heavy challenges were dished out. 

Man of the match was debutant Josh Reilly followed by Ross Marshall. The entire team can feel equally due the plaudits after this performance however. 

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. 

 

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