Gartferry AFC v Glasgow Irish FC

Gartferry AFC v Glasgow Irish FCHealth Rewards Cup 

Sunday 20th November
The Irish were away from home against a team a division above them looking to put to an end a miserable run of form with 3 defeats leading up to this Health Rewards Cup match. 

Irish started the game well and should have been ahead early on but for some great goalkeeping from the Gartferry number one. 

A series of corners seen the home defence keep GIFC at bay. McManus, Rice and Biggins all going close with great efforts. 

At the opposite end GIFC keeper David Griffin pulled off 3 outstanding saves when we were left exposed after pushing forward in the opening exchanges. 

Griffin then provided the assist for the opener when his clearance ran through to striker Mark Paterson who showed great composure to finish in off the post. 0-1. 

The Irish midfield of John Biggins, Mark Cleary and Shaun Munro were creating plenty of opportunities to further the lead but for the keeper to deny Rice and Paterson with some great saves. 

Number two for GIFC came when from a deadly Ross Marshall corner, Cameron Mooney back heeled the ball across goal for Martin Rice to pounce and smash the ball home. The big striker with his 14th goal in 13 games. 0-2. 

Pressing so high up the park came at a cost for the Irish and they conceded when a ball across goal allowed the Gartferry striker to finally beat Griffin. 1-2. 

HT 1-2. 

GIFC started the second half well with Marshall and McManus tireless on the flanks. Goal number 3 came after Mark Cleary played Shaun Munro through and the youngster showed a cool head with a class finish. 1-3. 

Stephen Cleary and Connor Jack replaced Marshall and Paterson and this payed off when Jack scored his 16th goal of the season after good awareness from John Biggins allowed the striker to sweep the ball home with his right foot. 1-4. 

The game changed dramatically when striker Martin Rice was shown a straight red card after a petulant trip on a Gartferry defender. The referee deciding it was violent conduct. A truly laughable decision by the official to add to a collection in recent games. 

Gartferry used the extra man to their advantage and scored a similar goal to their first as the Irish defence was stretched. 2-4. 

Stephen Cairns, Gerry Hughes and Jack Gordon came on to shore up the game for GIFC and done well to see out the late pressure. 

A joint man of the match this week goes to the outstanding Shaun Munro and John Biggins. Closely followed by Mark Cleary and David Griffin. 

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Crownpoint Utd v Glasgow Irish FC

Crownpoint Utd v Glasgow Irish FC
Sunday Central Division 2A

Sunday 13th November. 

GIFC were at Crownpoint on league duty this week trying to put an end to a run of back to back defeats in recent weeks. By then end of the afternoon we would have suffered our worst result so far and been given a lesson in finishing by the hosts. 

The game was a tight affair up until 35 mins when Crownpoint took the lead. A disputable penalty and some criminal defending all over the pitch would see Crownpoint take a 3-0 lead into the break. 

HT 3-0. 

The Irish tried to influence the game in midfield but were overran time and again by the hungrier team on the day. Conceding another 4 goals throughout the half without reply after some ruthless finishing from the impressive home team. 

FT 7-0. 

The Irish would do well to put things into perspective after today’s result. With the club only 5 months young there are many lessons to be learned from a beating such as this one. The management and committee have every faith in our players to get things back on track and can ensure hard work will be applied to recover from our darkest day so far. 

Everyone at the club would like to wish a speedy recovery to the Crownpoint midfielder who appeared to have suffered a dislocated elbow early in the game. 

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. 

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. 

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