Shotts Bon Accord 1 v 0 Irvine Meadow
Photos kind courtesy of Gordon McCreath

Mick Keenan over ball as Chris Hall runs on

Berto Halliday battling for possession
Shotts keeper makes catch

Paul Maxwell back in team and challenging for the ball

Jordan Murch on the ball

Transfer News

Meadow can confirm striker Wullie Sawyers has joined Rob Roy and Mark Thomson has permanently joined Blantyre Vics. We wish both players all the very best for their new clubs and thank them for their great efforts at Meadow.
Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 21st March
Troon 1 v 1 Irvine Meadow

Photo kind courtesy of Gordon McCreath

Meadow only managed another point in a slighty disappointing game at a sun soaked Portland Park. Meadow's goal came from the inspirational Gary McCann after nice work from McParland and Hall found McCann in the box who passed the ball into the corner Of the net just before half time. There was a first start for new signing for Liam Finnigan who looked very lively but had to go off injured after a bad tackle in the second half. Meadow could have added to their lead in the second half after a strike from Chris Hall from the edge of the box was well tipped over the bar. Ryan Deas who came on as a substitute also had a chance to score after a lovely Meadow move but his shot was too near the keeper. Troon got a probably deserved equaliser after a shot came crashing off the bar and Dale Moore was on hand to head in from close range. The score finished 1-1 and was another 2 points dropped for Meadow who can now best hope for third place or second place.

 McParland getting treatment early on

Mick Keenan putting pressure on Troon

Stevie Rankin looks on

Photos kind courtesy of Gordon McCreath

Team: Shepherd, Evans, Sideserf, Staunton, Twaddle, Murch, McCann, Keenan, Hall, McParl
and, Finnigan.
Subs: Halliday for Finnigan, Deas for Murch & Sawyers for McParland.

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division 
Saturday 14th March

Irvine Meadow 1 v 1 Glenafton (Evans)

Meadow could only pick up 1 point against Glenafton after a Grant Evans second half goal was quickly cancelled out by an excellent strike by Alan Kinney for Glens. Full match report to follow.

Deas trying to win the ball.

McCann on another run

Deas going for the ball.

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 7th March

Irvine Meadow 3 v 1 Cumnock

Scorers: Sawyers 2, Finnigan

Meadow got back to winning ways in the league thanks to two goals from Wullie Sawyers (below) and one from new signing Liam Finnigan. Meadow got the perfect start on 6 minutes when a Grant Evans cross found Sawyers who controlled the ball then placed the shot passed Semple in the Cumnock goal. Cumnock had a chance to equalise but a close range shot was well saved by Shepherd and cleared by Stuanton. Meadow punished Cumnock in 20 minute mark as a quick throw by Halliday found Chris Hall whose clever flicked pass was perfect for Sawyers who slid the ball in off the post to make it 2-0 to Meadow. There were further chances to go ahead as after some nice play between Hall and McCann a cross was whipped into the box but was no takers for an easy tap in. Wullie Sawyers got on to a slack headed back pass but his chip didn't have enough height to go over Semple. 

Cumnock came storming back into the match at start of second half with a free kick hitting the cross bar and shot from edge of the box cracking back off the post. They eventually got a goal back from a simple long ball by Semple going over the Meadow back line and Nock striker beating the offside trap and suspicion of hand ball to tap past Shepherd. Meadow weathered some pressure but McCann could have made it 3-1 with a great run but his shot just dragged wide. The winning goal came from another McCann run and his cross found substitute Liam Finnigan to seal the win in 83 minutes.

McCann on another run

Sawyers and Hall celebrate second goal

New signing Liam Finnigan

Next Fixture:
Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 7th March

Irvine Meadow v Cumnock (2pm)

After the game their will be a Karaoke in the Social Club kicking off at 7pm as a fundraiser for Paul Maxwell who is getting back after a serious knee injury. Free entry, all Meadow fans welcome.

Liam Finnigan Signs for Meadow

Meadow are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Liam Finnigan from Petershill,

Mark McLennan has left Meadow and has signed for Pollok. All the best to Mark who gave his all in two spells for the club.

West of Scotland Cup 2nd Round

Saturday 28th February 

Craigmark 1 v 6 Irvine Meadow

(Scorers: McCann, Hall, Staunton, Flood, Sawyers pen & Deas)

Photo kind courtesy of Gordon McCreath.

Meadow got back to winning ways in Dalmellington with a relatively straight forward win against Craigmark. Meadow were on the front foot from the start and Grant Evans was unlucky not to open the scoring after his header crashed off the bar and rebound was saved by the keeper then had a third chance but hit the side netting. Meadow took until the 25th minute to go ahead against a well organised Craigmark side with Deas shooting from outside the box and was well saved by the keeper but McCann was able to get on to the rebound to tap home from six yards. Meadow struggled to open the gap further and had a couple of dodgy moments when Craigmark attacked.

Chris Hall taking taking on Craigmark defence

The second half Meadow got on top right from the first whistle with Sawyers doing well out wide and crossed for Chris Hall to score inside the box within 2 minutes of restart. Meadow made it 3-0 after McCann was fouled in the box and Staunton took the resulting penalty that was well saved but Staunton was first to react for the rebound and scored. The fourth came on 55 minutes where a scramble in the box from a Meadow corner fell to Josh Flood who put the ball passed the Craigmark defence on the line. 

Craigmark came back into the match with one goal on 60th minute that was hammered into bottom corner of Meadow goal. On 68 minutes any hope Craigmark had of causing an upset were finished when their number 2 was shown a second yellow for another foul on McCann as pulled him back after McCann had again bet him for pace. Sawyers scored from the penalty spot on 80 minutes as the game drew to a close then Deas rounded off the scoring after found space on the right and slammed home a sixth right on final whistle.

Mark Sideserf.

Team: Thompson, Evans, Sideserf, Staunton, Twaddle, Murch, McCann, Deas, Sawyers, Hall, Flood. Subs: Halliday for McCann, Thomson for Hall.

Photos kind courtesy of Gordon McCreath.

New Coins West of Scotland Cup
Saturday 28th February

Craigmark v Irvine Meadow  (2pm)

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Irvine Meadow 1 v 2 Clydebank
Saturday 21st February

Meadow suffered a massive blow in our quest for the league title after a loss to bottom placed Clydebank. A very poor first half from Meadow left us with a mountain to climb. A Trialist for Clydebank who was recently training with Meadow scored the first goal after he broke free of Meadow midfield and defence. Clydebank's second was a penalty after Twaddle fouled from a corner and Shepherd was bet from the spot.

Meadow upped the game in the second half but Staunton received a second yellow after adjudged to have fouled Clydebanks number 11. McCann had a stonewall penalty turned down after the ref and linesman missed a bad tackle in the box that would have left Bankies also down to ten. Meadow did score through Chris Hall after a good lob over the keeper. Meadow hit the post through Sawyers but the ball rebounded unluckily away from goal. Bankies caught Meadow a few times on counter attack but could not finish the game but were delighted with 3 points to close the gab at bottom of the league while Meadow's league title hopes now look very faint.

Supporters Meeting Friday 27th February

There will be a Supporters meeting in the Meadow Social Club on Friday 27th February at 7pm to discuss current season and Club's future plans
Management Team and Committee will be in attendance to answer any Supporters' questions.
Please attend if you can.

Social Club Dance - Saturday 28th February
The Social Committee has arranged a Dance on Saturday 28th February with Carol Black providing the entertainment.
The Club has been very quiet recently due to a lack of home fixtures and we need to generate cash in the Social Club to help fund the team.
Tickets are £4 and available now, please come along and support your Club

Paul Maxwell Injury Fundraiser
There will be a Karaoke/DJ night on Saturday 7th March to help fund Paul's operation. Start time will be around 5.30/6pm
Paul Maxwell and his Family, Management team and Players will be attending.
No admission charge. All welcome.
Please come along, welcome Paul back and support him and the Club.

Saturday 14th February
Petershill v Irvine Meadow  (2pm)

After 4 weeks without a game due to postponements Meadow are hoping to get back to league duty on Saturday 14th February away to Petershill. Peasy are very hopeful of getting the game on as snow cleared off their 3g pitch and rising temperatures this week.

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 10th January
Irvine Meadow 1 v 2 Hurlford United (McCann)

Meadow suffered a second disappointing home defeat in a row in windy conditions at Meadow Park on Saturday. The defeat means it is now a 3 horse race with Hurlford back in running for the league title along with Talbot and ourselves. Both teams found it tough in the first half with poor weather conditions but Meadow had the better of the play with a Gary McCann run & cross only just cut out by Hurlford defence with Wullie Sawyers waiting for a tap in. Neither keeper were particularly busy in the first half but Hurlford got a sucker blow right on half time whistle when a corner was put into the back post & headed back across goal for ex Meadow defender Kris Robertson to head home from close range.

Meadow had a great chance to equalise in the second half through a Wullie Sawyers penalty after he was brought down in the box but his penalty was well read & saved by Hurlford goalkeeper Ally Brown. Hurlford then made it 2-0 to all but guarantee the 3 points after a spectacular shot from Paul 'Tiny' McKenzie from outside the box after Meadow failed to clear. Gary McCann scored a wonder goal from 30 yards out with a looping shot over Brown but it was too late for Meadow to grab what would have been a deserved point but Hurlford fought well and scored two well worked goals. 
Meadow now go to Shotts away this Saturday requiring 3 points to keep pressure on our rivals for the league (weather permitting). 

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division 
Saturday 3rd January

Auchinleck Talbot 0 v 2 Irvine Meadow  (Evans, Deas)

Meadow got a fantastic 3 points at Beechwood after an oustanding team performance. The goals came through a cross come shot by right back Evans on 70 minutes and a Deas shot after great individual play by Gary McCann.

Talbot stared the game as bookies favourites and were wanting to pick up 3 points but we well matched by Meadow all over the park. Deas had a great shot for Meadow from 25 yards that went just wide of the post early on. Talbot had chances of their own with Keenan having to clear off the line and eventually scrambled clear at end of first half. Gary McCann was causing Talbot a lot of problems playing behind Wullie Sawyers. There was no goals was a lot of action in a competitive first half.

Meadow weathered a typical Talbot second half storm after the break and kept ththem ay bay thanks to great defending and Shepherd saving anything Talbot got at goal. Meadow's goal came from a s uprising source with Evans aiming a cross for the back post but deceived Leishman in the Talbot goals and into the net. Only 5 mimutes layer Meadow made it 2-0 after McCann took the ball past two Talbot players then his shot was blocked but fell to Deas who slotted home for the winner. Staunton acrobatically cleared a Talbot shot off he line late on as Meadow held on to a deserved win.

Striker Paul McLaughlin & Andy Carlin goalkeeper have been made available for transfer
due to lack of first team appearances so far this season.

Stagecoach Sup
er League Premier Division
Saturday 6th December.
 Beith v Irvine Meadow
(Deas 2, McCann, Sawyers)

Meadow have made it ten wins out of ten in the league with a hard fought win on second placed Beith. Ryan Deas was the Meadow hero with two fine goals in the second half after Meadow were one down after first 45 minutes. Meadow got the equaliser after a firm headed clearance by Staunton found Deas who skilfully put it under the Beith keeper after 58 minutes. The second goal came through a great Deas pass that found Sawyers who was fouled by the keeper but ref gave advantage as McCann found the net from an angle. The goalkeeper was yellow carded for his foul on Sawyers. The third goal for Dow came from a great mazy run by the outstanding McCann who took it passed two Beith players and laid it off for Wullie Sawyers who scored from close range. Beith got back into the match 5 minutes after on 84 minutes after a shot from 25 yards out found the bottom corner. Ryan Deas settled the Meadow nerves on 86 minutes with a great shot from outside the box sealed the game.

Meadow 4 v 2 Beith

Saturday 1st November
Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Irvine Meadow v Petershill

Top of the table clash when Peasy come to visit Meadow Park just two points behind Meadow but have played one game more.

Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round Draw will be on Tuesday 3rd November at 12.30pm.
Meadow beat Benburb 2-1 who performed well but could not force a replay. Deas scored right before half time with a powerful low shot past the keeper then winger McCann got the second after 89 minutes with a good finish after a nice move. Benburb were down to ten men for 35 minutes but Meadow struggled to boss the game and Bens got a deserved consolation from a corner in injury time.

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division

Irvine Meadow 1 v 0 Beith (Twaddle)

Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round
Saturday 27th September

Cambuslang Rangers 0 v 2 Irvine Meadow (Sawyers, Thomson)

Irvine Meadow got through to the 2nd Round of the Junior Cup after beating Camubuslang Rangers 2 goals to nil. A few missed chances in front of goal could have came back to haunt Meadow but done enough to be in the draw that takes place at Meadow Park this Sunday 5th October at 1pm.

The goals came after 29 minutes with a Gary McCann shot parried by the Lang keeper for Sawyers to rush in and tap home from close range. Cambuslang went down to ten men in the second half after a clumsy challenge by their number 9 on Mark Staunton earned him a second yellow card. Sawyers missed a couple of easier chances than his first goal although the keeper made up for his earlier error by spreading himself well for one chance. The win was finally sealed in 89 minutes by Mark Thomson from a 25 yard free kick that was perfectly placed in the top right hand corner giving the keeper no chance.

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 13th September

Clydebank 0 v 1 Irvine Meadow
(Sawyers penalty)

Irvine Meadow 5 v 0 Troon

Photos kindly provided by David Hall

Irvine Meadow got off to the perfect start after a disappointing Monday night league cup loss v Kilbirnie. Meadow started the scoring v Troon after 25 minutes after a great run and cross by Halliday found Chris Hall at the back post who nodded home from close range. However Troon very nearly equalised but their shot of the woodwork bounced just in  front of line and out of reach of onrushing striker. Meadow doubled their lead after Chris Hall found the ball on the left and skilfully left ex Meadow player Neil McGowan wrong footed then his left foot shot went straight into the top hand corner from the edge of the box. Already an early contender for goal of the season. Troon then got frustrated and had their number 5 sent off for a bad challenge on Chris Hall. Earlier another player had escaped a sending off after a stamp on Murch was only giving a booking. Meadow went in at half time 2-0 up and looking good for 3 points.

Meadow started the second half very strongly and a good assist by Hall found Sideserf whose shot made it 3-0. Just minutes later Hall got his well deserved hat trick to wrap up the game. Meadows final goal came through a Deas corner that the Troon keeper failed to deal with under pressure from Staunton and ball went in for number 5. Thomson had an audacious effort from over 60 yards just tipped over the bar by back tracking Troon keeper who kept score down to 5-0.

Meadow now go to Clydebank next week where we have yet to win away but the performance and result on Saturday will give Meadow confidence of a win v the Bankies.

Irvine Meadow 2 - 0 Ashfield

West of Scotland Cup Winners 2011/2012