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Irvine Meadow 5 v 0 Troon

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 Season Tickets 2014-15

Irvine Meadow season tickets are available to purchase from any committee member at any home game.

Only £50 for adults and £25 concessions.

Tickets will still be available at this Saturdays home game v Troon on 
Saturday 6th September. 

Free pie and bovril also included in your season ticket.

Player Sponsors 2014-15

Chris Hall ---------- David Hall
Mark Thomson --- Andy Gordon
Ryan Deas ---------Gordon McCrum
Gary McCann ----- Robert Jeffrey
Paul Maxwell ------ Stuart Mitchell
Tony McParland --- Norrie Campbell
Mark McLennan ---- David Gibson
Mark Stuanton ------ Robert Reid
Robert Halliday ----- FEART CIC

It is only £50 to sponsor your player of choice for the season. Your name will appear both on the website and every match programme. We thank all our generous sponsors for their sponsorship as helps us at an important time of the season.


Confirmed Signings

Graeme Shepherd (GK)

Grant Evans
Mark McLennan
Mark Staunton
Craig Buchanan
Marc Twaddle
Mark Sideserf

Gary McCann
Robert Halliday
Mark Thomson
William McLachlan
Michael Keenan
Ryan Deas
Jordan Murch

Chris Hall
Paul Maxwell
Wullie Sawyers
Paul McLaughlin

All friendlies, Ardagh Cup games and first 4 league fixtures confirmed in fixtures list following link:

Shaun Fraser and Darren Miller have joined Queens Park. 
Jamie Darroch has signed for Pollok.
Mark Campbell, Ryan Caddis, Greig Mitchell have been released and we wish them all the very best of luck and thank them for their tremendous efforts.

Player of the Year Awards:
Mark Staunton   -  
Players' Player of the Year.                                      
Mark Sideserf    -  Committee's Young Player of the Year                                       
Paul Maxwell     -   Supporters Player of the Year,                                       
Mark Staunton   -   Fans Website Player of the Year.
Goal of the Season went to Paul Maxwell

Family Fun Day - Saturday 31st May

Paul Maxwell has arranged a Charity day for charity PEEK (Possibilites for each and every kid) on Saturday 31st May between 11am and 3pm. Admission is £3. All children and adults are welcome.
Activities on the day include giantJenga, Connect 4, Bouncy castle, face painting, Beat the goalie and many more stalls.
Please come and enjoy all the fun on the day and support a very worthwhile Charity.


Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 26th April


Auchinleck Talbot 1 v 2 Irvine Meadow
(Staunton pen, Campbell)


Meadow will keep the pressure up on league leaders Auchinleck Talbot after a fine win over league leaders that meant Auchinleck will have to wait a while longer until they win the league. Goals from the penalty spot from Mark Staunton after Chris Hall was fouled and a second half header from Mark Campbell was enough to take all 3 points back to Irvine.

Meadow now go in to our next two league fixtures knowing 6 points could put some pressure on to Auchinleck. Both are tough games at home to Clydebank on Monday night and away to Cumnock on Wednesday 30th April, 7pm kick offs.

Scottish Junior Cup Semi Final
Saturday 19th April

Hurlford 3 v 1 Irvine Meadow

Meadow went out the Scottish Junior Cup at the semi final stage as a Stewart Kean hat trick meant Hurlford reached their first ever Scottish Junior Cup Final and left Meadow distraught at being so close to the Junior Cup Final.

Scottish Junior Cup Semi Finals
Saturday 12th April

Irvine Meadow 2 v 1 Hurlford
(Thomson 49, Miller 80)

Irvine Meadow take a narrow one goal lead to our second leg tie Scottish Junior Cup semi final clash against Hurlford United.
Meadow found going tough in the first half against a strong Hurlford team. Their goal came through a terrific long range strike by McKenzie. Hurlford had chances to add to their tally but could not take any luckily for Meadow. Meadow came out much stronger after the break with the turning point being a Mark Thomson free kick from 20 yards flying past Ally Brown into the bottom corner to equalise. Meadow were on the ascendency for most of the second half without creating too many clear cut chances. The second goal came from another free kick this time from Darren Miller who was over 30 yards from goal. His shot hit off the post and went in with massive cheers from the large home crowd.

Meadow still have it all to do in the second leg as no doubt Hurlford will be pressing for an early goal. Massive game on Saturday so hoping to see a large Meadow faithful at Hurlford to cheer us on!

Scottish Junior Cup Semi Final
Saturday 19th April

Hurlford v Irvine Meadow (2.30pm)

**No away goals. If scores are level after 90 minutes then straight to penalties!**


Scottish Junior Cup Quarter Finals
Saturday 29th March
Irvine Meadow  1 v 0 Bo'ness United

Meadow made it into the semi finals of the Junior Cup after a dramatic encounter in front of over 1250 supporters at Meadow Park. The home side started the brighter and Darren Miller had a shot well saved by the Boness keeper. The breakthrough came after an excellent turn by Shaun Fraser who beat his marker then ran towards goal. His well measured pass found the onrushing Gary McCann who slipped the ball across the six yards box where Maxwell could not connect but Darren Miller came in at the back post to slot home. The celebrations were huge from the home fans but knew still had a lot to do. Paul Maxwell had a dipping 40 yard shot beat the Boness keeper but went just wide of the far past. Boness did not create too much to trouble Meadow but it certainly would be likely to change come the second half.

Boness got back into the match in the second half with Steph Hall in fine form to tip over the bar from a free kick. Then with less than 20 minutes to go Boness got a controversial penalty as Mark Staunton was adjudged to have fouled Robert Sloan in the box. Boness fans celebrated but this proved short lived as Steph Hall made a wonder save with his legs then palmed the follow up wide of the post. Late on Shaun Fraser of Meadow received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. Meadow held on for a massive win over the East Region big guns.

Meadow now play Hurlford United in the Scottish Junior Cup semi finals over 2 legs.
Saturday 12 / 13 April @ Meadow Park
Saturday 19 / 20 @ Blair Park, Hurlford.


Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 15th March

Petershill 2 v 3 Irvine Meadow (Maxwell, Fraser, Halliday)

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 22nd March

Irvine Meadow 1 v 0 Largs Thistle (Fraser)

Saturday 8th March


 Irvine Meadow 3 v 2 Auchinleck Talbot
(Darren Miller, Maxwell, Halliday}


Irvine Meadow moved into the Quarter Finals of the Ayrshire Cup with a superb win over Auchinleck Talbot. The first goal was a 25 yard strike from Darren Miller that had Leishman in the Talbot goals helpless after 23 minutes. Meadow doubled our lead after a great finish from talismanic striker Paul Maxwell just 3 minutes later. Halliday made it two goals in two weeks after a break by McCann on the right the ball fell to Berto who smashed home from 6 yards. 

Talbot as expected made changes at the break and during the second half but took a spill by Meadow keeper from a inswinging corner for Talbot to sneak a goal. It was 3-2 on 87 minutes as a wonder strike from James Latta made it a nerve wracking finish for the second week in a row for Meadow supporters and management but we hold on for a great victory over top of the league Talbot. Meadow had a number of star performers particularly in the first half and match was enjoyed in front of another 500 plus crowd.

Scottish Junior Cup 5th Round Replay
Saturday 1st March

 Irvine Meadow 4 v 3 Penicuik

    Irvine Meadow booked their place in the Scottish Junior Cup Quarter Finals after a seven goal thriller. Penicuik started the game well and had a couple of early corners that were dealt with by the Meadow defence. The Cuikie went ahead on 8 minutes with a great shot by Ryan Gay went over the wall from a  free kick which saw Marc Twaddle booked. Meadow then started to get going and equalised in 15 minutes when a good passing move from a throw in move saw the ball passed back to Thomson who 25 yards out  hit a great shot into the bottom right corner which gave Bejaoui no chance in the Penicuik goal. In 25 minutes Meadow took the lead when a good move down the left saw the ball flicked onto winger Gary McCann by Paul Maxwell who took a touch before drilling the ball home. Two minutes later it was 3-1 when a flick on by Shaun Fraser saw McCann break into the box, take a great touch and score with a terrific shot.

HT: Meadow 3-1 Penicuik.

    The second half got off to a great start for Meadow when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the centre circle. Staunton took it quickly spotting Hallidays ckever run into the box and he scored with a right foot flick over the keeper. That should have been game over but massive credit to Penicuik who came back into the game and in 57 minutes a cross into the box was powerfully headed home by Brigain to give Penicuik hope. Three minutes later it was 4-3 when Meadow failed to clear the ball which fell to Barr for Penicuik on the edge of the box and he scored with a well placed shot through a sea of bodies.

    Play swung from end to end with both keepers making saves but Penicuik were reduced to ten men as their defender Young was booked twice in three minutes midway through the half, both for fouls on Fraser. It may well have been Penicuik down to nine men just a few minutes later when Gay their number 8 tackled from behind on Darren Miller but he was lucky to be shown just a yellow card. Meadow pushed forward and had one effort off the post and another off the line as they went for the killer goal. Gary McCann also missed his hat trick as the ball bobbled just as he was about to strike and went over the bar.
However, Penicuik held out and pushed forward as the clock ticked down but the Meadow defence stood firm and the final whistle was greeted with great celebrations from the Meadow faithful. A great game for the neutrals and massive credit to both teams. All the best to Penicuik in going for the East Premier title while Meadow now have a quarter final against Boness or Rutherglen/Girvan to look forward to.

Irvine Meadow vs Penicuik 1.3.14
Irvine Meadow team Hall, Darroch, Twaddle, Stanton, Campbell, Thomson, McCann, Miller, Maxwell, Fraser, Halliday
Subs: McLaren, Caddis, Sideserf, Bristow, Shepherd


Penicuik: Bejaoui, Ross, McDermott, Young, Cunnison, Lister, Killin, Gay, Millar, Barr, Montgomery
Subs: McPartlin, Harris, Meikle, Brigain, Hill

Saturday 22nd February
Penicuik 0 v 0 Irvine Meadow
 

Penicuik 0 v 0 Irvine Meadow



Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup 1st Round
Saturday 8th February
Irvine Victoria 0 v 3 Irvine Meadow

Meadow won the local derby in Ayrshire Cup 1st Round with a reasonably comfortable 3-0 win. Vics did have some chances to go ahead in the first half but could not work Hall in the Meadow goals. Shaun Fraser put the Dow ahead after good build up play and pass by Maxwell found Fraser in the box who slotted home after 30 minutes.
Meadow took until 62 minutes to seal the win after a Halliday corner was headed home by midfielder Mark Thomson from close range. Meadow made a couple of substitutions with next weeks Junior Cup 5th Round match in mind as Shaun Fraser, Gary McCann were allowed to come off early with Caddis and Sideserf on in place. It was Ryan Caddis who got the final goal as a dangerous cross was hit off their own post by a Vics defender then Caddis steadied himself to make it 3-0. Both of Meadow's new signings started the game - Andy Brand at right back and Wullie McLaren in midfield and both will be good additions to our squad for Penicuik game and rest of the season.

Transfer News
Irvine Meadow welcome two new Players to the Club.
Defender Andrew Brand ex East Stirling and Willie McLaren midfielder from Airdrie.

Scottish Junior Cup 5th Round 
Saturday 15th February
Penicuik v Irvine Meadow (2.15pm)

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup 1st Round
Saturday 8th February
Irvine Victoria v Irvine Meadow (1.45pm)

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 1st February
Irvine Meadow 0 v 2 Cumnock

Meadow's long unbeaten run came to an end at home to Cumnock. Meadow will be left disappointed they did not take their chances and Cumnock punished them with two expertly taken penalties by ex Meadow defender Kris Robertson. Meadow could have been one nil up early on as Paul Maxwell dragged a good chance wide after 15 minutes. Meadow had further chances in the first half from a Darren Miller shot but could not get past the excellent Ally Semple in the Cumnock goal.

Cumnock started the second half brightly and within two minutes were one nil up as Sideserf fouled in the box. Kris Robertson went to the keeper's left and Cumnock were ahead. Meadow had McCann through on goal but he did not have enough on his shot to get past Semple and the rebound was cleared off the line. It was Cumnock who then went further ahead as Jamie Darroch took down Cumnock attacker what looked to be just outside the box but the penalty was given. Again Kris Robertson took it this time firing high into the Meadow goal to make it 2-0 to Cumnock. The 'Nock held on to a well deserved win while Meadow have Twaddle, Darroch and Sally now looking very doubtful for next couple of weeks after injuries.

Scottish Junior Cup 4th Round Replay
Petershill 0 v 2 Irvine Meadow
                                (Fraser, Maxwell)
Irvine Meadow went into the last 16 of the Junior Cup after goals from Shaun Fraser and Paul Maxwell gave Meadow a deserved win over Petershill. There were few chances in a tight and tense first half. Petershill had a long range shot well smothered by Stephen Hall but both keepers had little to do for the first 45 minutes. Meadow had some threateninf set pieces with Maxwell, Stuanton and Twaddle causing problems in the Petershill box but little came of the chances.

Meadow started the second half brightly with Shaun Fraser having a shot well saved within 30 seconds of the restart. Peasy were threatening on the break through McGladrigan who had a great chance go wide after a quick attack. Meadow started to cause problems on Petershill right through McCann and it was his run then cut back that found Shaun Fraser who steadied himself before passing by the Peasy keeper to make it 1-0 after 71 minutes. Meadow were now full of confidence and another move down the left wing found Maxwell who back heel flicked the into the net. It was an outrageous piece of skill and a bit of luck. This second goal sealed the game with Meadow looking most threatening to get a third through catching Peteshill on the counter.

There were no further goals but Meadow will be delighted to go into the last 16 which will be made tomorrow (Sunday 1pm) in Cumnocks Social Club.

Saturday 18th January
Scottish Junior Cup 4th Round

Irvine Meadow 2 v 2 Petershill
(Maxwell, Fraser)

Irvine Meadow had to settle for a replay after a controversial equaliser from Petershill's full back Hadden mean Meadow face a trip to Springburn on Saturday 25th January. Petershill started the brightest but McCann had the best chance for Meadow as his shot went across the face of goal. After 8 minutes Petershill's keeper McNeill had to go off with a bad injury as Shuan Fraser collided with him in a race for the ball. Jamie Darroch had to clear a Petershill shot off the line with Peasy causing Meadow problems at the back. However it was the home side that went in front after good pressure from Shaun Fraser on Petershill defence lead to ball breaking to Maxwell who clipped the ball into the net after 25 minutes. Meadow had chances through a Darroch header from a free kick but could not find a second goal before half time.

Meadow doubled their lead on 51 minutes as a sweeping move found Maxwell on right of the Petershill defence who crossed perfectly for Fraser who fired into the side of the net from 12 yards. Meadow were dominating the game with Halliday having a shot cleared off the line when had the net gaping. Fraser had a great chance to get his second goal but he sent his shot wide of the post when one on one with sub goalkeeper White. Petershill managed to get back into the match on 68 minutes as substitute Paul Woods scored from close range. Two minutes later the controversy started as Staunton went down injured with the referee looking over him and play seemingly stopped the Peasy full back fired over Shepherd who was checking on his injured team mate. After consulting with his linesman the referee gave the goal much to the disbelief of everyone in the ground. Meadow had to play the last five minutes with ten men as Fraser got a second yellow for a foul. Meadow did manage to see out the draw and now go to Petershill for rhe replay.

Attendance:500

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 11th January


Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 1 v 3 Irvine Meadow
                     (Sawyers)                            (Maxwell, Fraser, McCann)

Irvine Meadow continued our impressive league form with a comfortable win over Rob Roy at boggy conditions at Adamslie Park. Meadow started the game in impressive fashion by going one goal head as a McCann cross found Maxwell in the box who headed past the Kirkintilloch keeper after only 8 minutes gone. Rob Roy then started to get more into the game as a header came crashing off the Meadow post after 15 minutes. The Roy had more chances to get back on level terms as they hit the bar from close range after a well worked move. Darren McGeouch made a last ditch tackle in the box as Rob Roy were looking to shoot. Meadow caught Rob Roy with a sucker punch on 43 minutes as another McCann cross from the right found the impressive Shaun Fraser who turned the ball into the net. Meadow were delighted to go in at half time two nil up as Rob Roy had plenty chances to equalise but could not find the net.

Meadow started the second half in the ascendency with Shaun Fraser having a curling free kick well saved by Roy keeper. Meadow made it 3-0 as Gary McCann's curling corner from left found the back post and went straight in off the post. Shaun Fraser was very lively for the Meadow throughout and when his well timed tackle on Rob Roy centre defender then pass to Maxwell it looked harder to miss for the big striker but unfortunately the ball got stuck in the grass and the keeper smothered the ball. Kirkintilloch did get a consolation goal as Wullie Sawyers header found its way past Shepherd. As the game drew to a close the Rob Roy number 16 who came on as a subsitute late on managed to pick up a second yellow card for a silly challenge. Another good win for Meadow who will be looking forward to the challenge of Petershill in the fourth round of the Junior Cup next week!

Meadow Team: Shepherd, Darroch, Sideserf, Staunton, Twaddle, Darren McGeouch, McCann, Darren Miller, Maxwell, McCann, Halliday.
Subs used: Thomson & Sally.

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 4th January

Pollok 1 v 2 Irvine Meadow 
                  (Fraser & Maxwell)

    Irvine Meadow extended our unbeaten run to 9 games with a hard fought 2-1 win over Pollok. Meadow started 2014 in impressive fashion after 10 seconds McCann made the Pollok keeper pull off a save from a move straight from kick off. From the resulting corner Meadow went 1-0 ahead after 37 seconds as Shaun Fraser headed in Halliday's corner from six yards out. Meadow had the better of the first half and had a further chance through Chris Hall to double the lead after good build up play involving Maxwell who cut it back to Hall inside the box but unfortunately the shot went well over. McCann was also through on goal but from a tight angle could only hit his shot straight at the Lok keeper. Meadow dominated the first half but could not find a second goal and also had the impressive Chris Hall substituted after a heavy challenge from ex Meadow player Chris McGowan. Ryan Caddis came on for the injured Hall on 36 minutes.
        
    Pollok started the second half of much better than the first half and after only a minute had got back on level terms with a shot from Wullie Howie from 20 yards placed passed Shepherd in the Meadow goal. After this goal there were chances at both ends for Pollok and Meadow. Shepherd had to look lively to a couple of Pollok shots but dealt well with them. Caddis himself created a great chance after 50 minutes after run through Pollok defence but his shot went wide. Meadow then had a big penalty claim turned away when McCann was fouled in the box after 61 minutes but nothing was given. McCann and Fraser were causing some problems for Pollok with their pace and energy but could not find a goal. On 70 minutes Ryan Caddis was given a straight red for violent conduct going head to head with Pollok's number five. The Pollok player was only given a yellow but was his second yellow and also sent for an early shower. As the game was coming to an end Darren Miller intercepted a wayward Pollok pass and sent Fraser down the left wing with McCann supporting, Fraser then crossed for Paul Maxwell who headed in the winner with a powerful header beating the Pollok keeper on 88 minutes. Meadow brought on Buchanan for impressive McCann to hold on for the win. Meadow are now 3 points ahead of Auchinleck but Talbot have 3 games in hand.



Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 28th December

Irvine Meadow 1 v 1 Arthurlie
                                                                                            (Darren McGeough 88)    (McGregor 23)

Irvine Meadow earned a well deserved draw at home to Arthurlie after a wonder strike from substitute Darren McGeouch two minutes from full time. It was a much improved Arthurlie team to the one Meadow beat comfortably 4-0 away from home earlier this season. Meadow were out influential pairing of Mark Thomson & Twaddle. Ryan Jordan at the heart of the Lie central defence was winning a number of challenges and made it hard for Meadow strikers to influence the game until the second half.

Meadow did start the game well with McCann making the Lie keeper pull off a good save after excellent build up play involving Sideserf, Maxwell & Shaun Fraser. McCann also dragged a shot wide after good control from a diagonal ball that caught out the Arthurlie defence. Arthurlie had a great chance after 15 minutes with Shepherd pulling off a superb save to deny Dymock. Arthurlie then took the lead in 23 minutes after a cross caught out the Dow defence and McGregor headed past Shepherd. Meadow tried to get an equaliser but only caused Arthurlie trouble from set pieces with Maxwell creating problems for Arthurlie in the box. Lie had a good chance to double their lead just before half time but Staunton was quick to react then block a close range shot.

Meadow came out in the second half with a number o opportunities to equalise in the second half with Darren Miller having a shot well saved by Arthurlie keeper. Substitute Chris Hall came on in 50 minutes and started causing problems for Arthurlie from the outset. He immediately made a strong run into the box & nearly got Meadow on level terms after a strong tackle dispossessed captain Ryan Jordan but his shot was straight at the onrushing Arthurlie goalkeeper. Paul Maxwell also went close with a header from a set piece as Meadow struggled to find the equaliser. Jamie Darroch had a shot blocked by the Lie defence from a free kick. McCann and Darren Miller also had chances to equalise as the game wore on.  Just when Arthurlie were looking at taking all three points home, Darren McGeouch sent a thunderous right footer drive
high into the net to equalise. This was not the end of the action as Gary McCann was through on goal but his shot past the keeper went inches wide and Meadow had to settle for just the one point.

Meadow Team: Shepherd, Darroch, Sideserf, Staunton, Buchanan, Fraser, Miller, Halliday (Darren McGeouch 78), McCann, Maxwell & Caddis (Chris Hall 50).
Goal Scored: Darren McGeouch 88

Lie keeper saves from McCann


McGregor scores for Arthurlie


Maxwell & Buchanan challenging for header


Last ditch sliding tackle by Staunton


No. 6 Darren Miller has shot saved


Chris Hall through on goal but shot saved


Maxwell's close range header saved


Meadow celebrations after Darren McGeouch's wonder strike



Chris Hall crossing ball over late on


McCann with keeper to beat places shot inches wide




Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 21st December

Irvine Meadow 2 v 0 Glenafton
(Caddis, McCann)

Meadow continued our impressive winning streak with a good win against Glenafton on a wet & windy December afternoon. Meadow had a chance after only two minutes as Darren Miller's shot from 25 yards clipped the top of the Glens bar. Soon after a corner kick from Glenafton created an early opportunity with Reilly for Glens putting the ball just wide of the target from close range. Another Glenafton shot from outside the box was well saved by the impressive Shepherd in the Meadow goals. After twenty minutes Meadow managed to open the scoring after Ryan Caddis picked up the ball in the middle of the park and ran past his marker then towards the Glens goal and drilled a low shot past the outstretched Glens keeper. The Glens did not get their heads down as a 30 yard free kick was expertly tipped past the post by Shepherd who then also done well to deal with a dangerous corner. After 35 minutes Meadow managed to make it two nil after great foot work by Caddis found Maxwell whose pin point cross to Gary McCann's sent the keeper the wrong way with a header back across goal.
Meadow looked reasonably comfortable and as we went in two up at half time.

Glenafton started the livelier of the second half with Mark Staunton clearing a Glens shot from inside the box off the line. Ex Meadow midfielder Finlay Frye along with the Glens attackers were pressing Meadow back and a Reilly 30 yard thunder bolt was brilliantly saved by Shepherd once again. Glenafton could not find a way past the strong Medda defence and could not convert any of their chances to get back into the game. For the last 15 minutes Meadow started to catch Glens on the break with the help of fresh legs of Chris Hall and Shaun Fraser who along with pace of McCann & skill of Maxwell created a few chances. Maxwell had a good shot well saved by McGarrity in Glens goals after an excellent passing move by Meadow. McCann caught the Glens defence with his pace and trickery with five minutes to go but his cut back could not quite find Chris Hall who would have had a tap in. Meadow finished the game strongly and although could not find the third goal can be delighted with another three points in the league.
Meadow are now joint top with Talbot but Auchinleck have two games in hand.

 Irvine Meadow: Shepherd; Darroch, Staunton, Twaddle, Halliday; McCann, Thomson, Darren Miller (Shaun Fraser), Sideserf; Maxwell and Caddis (Chris Hall).

Glenafton Athletic: McGarrity; McGeoghan, McChesney, Menzies, Cairns; Craig, McKernon, Frye, Marlow (Dimilta); Connolly, Reilly (Brown).


Shepherd gets down to Glens shot that hits side netting

Ryan Caddis starts his run for first goal


Caddis' shot beats Glens keeper

McCann celebrates Caddis' goal


Shepherd saving well from Glens free kick


McCann heads home for second goal


Paul Maxwell in first half

Jamie Darroch getting in front of Glens attacker


Shepherd saves from under the cross bar


Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 14th December

Irvine Meadow v Clydebank Match Postponed due to high winds 

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 7th December

Kilbirnie Ladeside 1 - 2 Irvine Meadow
                                   (McCann 2)

Irvine Meadow continued our excellent winning run in a very hard fought win over ten man Kilbirnie. Meadow now go in to next weeks game against Clydebank in second place and would love to have more good support from our town to get behind a virtually entirely new team that is doing our town proud. We have 23 points from 11 league games and in Junior Cup 4th Round with the draw on Thursday.

Kilbirnie started brightest of the two teams and were deservedly ahead as a Darren McLean shot was deflected past Shepherd into the bottom hand corner of the Meadow goal after just 6 minutes. Ladeside only held on to their lead until 14 minutes as a ball through the middle was cleverly headed on by Chris Hall into the path of McCann who beat the Kilbirnie defence with his pace and then confidently placed the ball passed Kris Robertson. Kilbirnie were playing some good passing football particularly through ex Meadow midfielders David McGeown and Liam McGuiness. However Shepherd and the Meadow defence kept Kilbirnie largely restricted to long range shots with the the on loan Albion Rovers keeper managing to keep them out. 

In the second half both teams were trying to find a winning goal but Kilbirnie had an up hill task when they had ex Meadow play maker David McGeown sent out for lashing out stupidly. Kilbirnie then made a couple of changes and they looked most likely to score with McLean producing an excellent shot that was just tipped over the bar. Meadow however slightly against the run of play made the extra man count as Ladeside were caught on the counter attack through some excellent quick passing and the impressive substitute Ryan Caddis got the ball 40 yards from goal then shrugged off a couple of Kilbirnie defenders then laid off for Gary McCann to pass it into the net from 6 yards for the winner with ten minutes to go. Kilbirnie had chances to equalise including a free kick in the dying minutes again brilliantly saved by Shepherd while the Meadow team worked hard to frustrate Kilbirnie until the final whistle and gain another hard fought win for the Dow!

Meadow have gained 6 excellent league points v Klibirnie this season and will go into next weeks league game against Clydebank on a high but wary of in form Bankies. 
Get down and support Irvine Meadow!

Player Sponsorship Available

We still have player sponsorship available for players this season and are hoping to have all Meadow players sponsored as soon as possible. To sponsor a player please speak to a committee person or simply email us @ meddaofficial@gmail.com
The cost is only £50 per season and includes your name in the match programme, on the website and shows your support to the player for the season. Support the Dow!!

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 30th November

Irvine Meadow 3 - 1 Petershill
(Buchanan 13, Caddis 17, Finlayson 89)

Meadow moved up to second in the Super League behind Auchinleck Talbot with a fourth consecutive win in the league. Meadow started very brightly and had a couple of early corners. Meadow took advantage of one of them as slack defending left striker Ryan Caddis in space to head home the first goal on 13 minutes. Then just four minutes later the Dow we two up as another Sideserf corner found the impressive Buchanan who headed home from close range. Meadow took their foot off the gas slightly for the remainder of the half but Shepherd in the Meadow goals had relatively little to do apart from deal with a couple of corners & tipping a Peasy shot over the bar.

Petershill started the second half more brightly and quite deservedly got a goal back through Mackie penalty as Twaddle was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box. Craig Buchanan was then substituted with 20 minutes to go due to injury with Robert Halliday replacing him. Petershill were creating a couple of half chances as Meadow got increasingly nervous as the match wore on however susbstitute Kevin Finlayson latched on to a long ball and prodded the ball past the onrushing Petershill keeper to wrap up the game in 89 minutes.

Caddis heads in first goal for Dow!



Buchanan nods in second



Darroch tackling as Thomson looks on

 Buchanan winning aerial tussle


Peasy keeper makes a stop


Mackie nets from the spot


Finlayson beats keeper to score third


 Scottish Junior Cup
Saturday 23rd November

Irvine Meadow 3 - 0 Fauldhouse United
                                                                             (Maxwell, Caddis, McCann)

Irvine Meadow moved into the fourth round of the Junior Cup with a hard fought win over East Premier League team Fauldhouse United. Fauldhouse started the match well and created chances with a short from their left back Rees Smith going over the bar. Shepherd in the Meadow goal had to tip over another shot over the bar. Meadow had chances of our own through Fraser and Maxwell but failed to get past the Hoose keeper. Both teams were evenly matched and went in goaless at half time.

Meadow started the second half much more brightly and Maxwell & Caddis were getting the better of the Fauldhouse defence. Meadow did get lucky when a Fauldhouse shot from a corner was cleared off the line by Buchanan. In 63 minutes Meadow went ahead through a terrific Thomson cross who found Maxwell who knocked it in the net from close range. A Meadow corner created the second goal in 74 minutes as Thomson's headed knock down was flicked over the line by Caddis from close range. Fauldhouse tried to get back into the match and had chance to get a goal back but failed to really test Shepherd. Shaun Fraser was sent off for Irvine Meadow for an apparent elbow. The decision seemed harsh from the referee who otherwise had an excellent game. Meadow got the third and final goal from a well worked counter attack involving substitute Darren Miller and McCann with McCann finishing off the move passing the ball into the corner of the net.


Shepherd saving in 1st half.

MOTM Twaddle in action

Buchanan jumping for header

Goal line clearance

Maxwell bundles in first goal

Celebration of first goal

Team celebrate 3rd goal

Halliday comes on as late sub


Stagecoach Super League Premier Divison

Saturday 16th November

Hurlford 0 - 1 Irvine Meadow (Thomson 45)

Ten man Irvine Meadow got another terrific three points thanks to a battling performance in blistery conditions at Blair Park, Hurlford. It was a very even first half with Meadow hitting the post early on through free kick specialist Mark Thomson as well as having a chance for Mark Sideserf that was deflected over. Hurlford had chances at the other end through the lively Kean but failed to really test Shepherd in the Meadow goal. On 40 minutes after a level and entertaining game there was disbelief from Meadow player as Chris Hall got a very harsh straight red for a tackle where he won the ball fairly. Referee very harshly adjudged him to have raised his studs, even baffled the Hurlford players. From this Meadow continued to press with ten men but found the next through unfortunate Hurlford keeper who threw the ball off his own players back and Thomson was there to finish the gifted chance right on half time.

Hurlford with the extra man advantage in the second half had the majority of the play with Stewart Kean missing a close range header. Meadow were dangerous on the counter attack with the pace of McCann, Sideserf and Fraser then Caddis who replaced McCann causing Hurlford problems at the back. Mark Thomson had an excellent 35 yard free kick that was destined for the top corner superbly saved by Ally Brown in Hurlford goal. Hurlford had a final chance with a couple of minutes remaining but Paul Maxwell miraculously got back to head it clear off the line Every player played out their skin for Meadow and was a superb team effort to keep a clean sheet and win the 3 points.


Meadow Team: Shepherd, Darroch, Twaddle, Staunton, Buchanan, Thomson, Fraser, McCann, Sideserf, Hall, Maxwell. Subs: Caddis & Darren Miller.


Latest News

Youngster Greig Mitchell has been loaned out to Ardrossan Winton Rovers for two months where he has made a goal scoring debut for the Winton. Best of luck to Greig and we are all hoping he will be back at Meadow Park ready to make an impression over the next few seasons.
Paul McGeough who was with Meadow at the start of this season has joined
 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. All the best to Paul.

Stagecoach Super League Premier Divison

Saturday 9th November

Irvine Meadow 3 - 2 Pollok

Irvine Meadow gained an excellent three league points at home to Pollok to put Meadow up to fifth place in the league.    Meadow got off to a flying start and had a penalty after only 10 minutes after Shaun Fraser was upended in the box by McGillon who was subsequently sent off for the last man challenge. Mark Thomson stepped up to take the kick but it was well saved by Murdoch in the Pollok goal. Meadow had a chance to break the deadlock in the first half through Chris Hall but had a superb 25 yard shot fly past the post. Not too many more chances were created as both sides struggled to break the deadlock.

Meadow started the second half with added style, pace and passion. Within 8 minutes Meadow were deservedly 1-0 up through Shaun Fraser who was brilliantly set up by Gary McCann from the wing. McCann again was the thorn in Pollok's side as he drifted pass three Pollok players down the right wing and passed for Chris Hall to finish in the top hand corner. Chris Hall made it 3-0 after 61 minutes with a great run from the half way line as he danced through Pollok's defence to make the game look safe. Pollok had other ideas and got a goal back from a Diack header after some slack defending by Meadow on 63 minutes. Pollok through McGinty and Diack had greater impetus to their play and were causing Meadow some problems. On 83 minutes Pollok got their second as Meadow failed to clear a corner & Sinclair pouncing. Stephen Hall in the Meadow goal had a great last minute save to stop Pollok salvaging a point and Meadow fans, players and management went home all very happy with 3 valuable points in our tough league.

Irvine Meadow New Signing

Irvine Meadow can confirm the signing of 21 year old striker Darren Miller from Albion Rovers.

Meadow have an important league fixture against Pollok at home on Saturday 9th November (2pm kick off).

Irvine Meadow had a free week on Saturday 2nd November

The Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round draw:

Irvine Meadow v Fauldhouse. 

Tie to be played Saturday 23rd November with a 1.45pm kick off.

Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round

Saturday 26th October

Irvine Meadow 3 - 2 Clydebank

Irvine Meadow got the most impressive result so far this season against a strong Clydebank side. Meadow now go into the 3rd Round of the Junior Cup with a real confidence boosting result. It was Clydebank who took the lead after only 8 minutes with a low Ross McPherson 25 yard strike finding the corner of the net. Meadow less than 7 minutes later got an equaliser through a good move involving Chris Hall who played an excellent defence splitting pass to McCann who then clipped it over the Bankies onrushing goalkeeper. Meadow just a minute later on the 16 minute mark were ahead through a great overhead pass by Maxwell to McCann who beat the Bankies defence and cut back for Hall to smash home. Stephen Hall in the Meadow goal had to mark a smart block from a Bankies shot from outside the box. McCann had a great chance just before half time to make it three but his shot was straight at Bankies keeper who saved well.

Clydebank had the better of the play and a couple of decent chances that they failed to finish at the start of the second half before Meadow made it 3-1 through Man of the Match Paul Maxwell who from a Halliday cross directed a powerful header into the corner of the goal. As conditions worsened Clydebank got a goal back through Joe Andrew from close range with 25 minutes left. Clydebank rallied towards the end particularly after ex Meadow player Adam Strachan was introduced but did not find an equaliser. Meadow still had a great chance of our own through Maxwell whose excellent shot after a quick incisive move was well saved by the Bankies keeper.

Meadow will be proud of the performance and it was really tough that the Bankies had to face a hard away game in the early stages yet again.

McCann celebrates equaliser



Maxwell nods in third goal

Clydebank get a goal back


Maxwell nearly beats the keeper again


Stevie Rankin applauds the excellent support


Meadow celebrate our win



New Coins Automatics West of Scotland 1st Round

Irvine Meadow 2 - 4 Hurlford United

Irvine Meadow went out in the 1st Round to Hurlford United after Hurlford came from two goals down to win at Meadow Park and out Meadow out the West of Scotland Cup at the first stage.

Meadow did get off to a great start as a Darren McGeough wonder strike from 25 yards out flew into the top hand corner of the net leaving the Hurlford keeper with little chance. Meadow doubled the advantage with Paul Maxwell's driving run and final ball through to McCann was slotted home after 35 minutes. Meadow looked to be cruising but Staunton got a second yellow card after being adjudged to have simulated. It was a decision that angered the home support & management. Hurlford took advantage of the extra man before the break as a floated free kick was hit home from close range but Neil McGregor.

In the second half Meadow struggled to deal with the man advatange Hurlford had and created few chances while Hurlford added further goals through Kean, Dempster and Robertson to go through 4-2 winners as Meadow could not cope with their attacking threat with the ten men. The sending off changed the match but Meadow will be wanting to pick themselves up for the Scottish Junior Cup next Saturday at home to Clydebank.

McCann & McGeouch celebrate 1st goal



McCann's second goal past Brown


Hurlford hit the post in 1st half


McCann celebrates his second goal

Brown pulls off a save


Hall unable to do anything about winning Hurlford goals




Stagecoach Super League Premier Division

Saturday 12th October

Arthurlie 0 - 4 Irvine Meadow

Meadow put on an excellent all round performance to bounce back from last Saturday's home defeat. Meadow created chances from the first five minutes and had Twaddle hit the post with a header while another Meadow corner had a chance falling wide of the goal. Paul Maxwell who caused the Lie defence problems all afternoon created a great chance to score but his shot went agonisingly wide. He soon got on the score sheet after a cross from right he sneaked between defender and goalkeeper to prod home from close range after 17 minutes. Meadow had more pressure with Hall one-on-one with the keeper but the Lie keeper Macklin stood up to the shot and saved it for another corner. Hall did get his goal 5 minutes later on 25 minutes with a well placed header from a Thomson corner. Meadow then scored the goal of the game from a Thomson shot from all of 45 yards that caught the keeper off his line. Meadow went in 3-0 up and looking very comfortable at half time.

In the second half Meadow were still well on top but managed just the one goal through sheer persistence by Shaun Fraser who had his shot blocked by the keeper and another by defender before firing high into the net for number four. Arthurlie had a few shots at goal in the last 15 minutes to try and get a consolation but to no avail as Meadow finished up 4-0 winners against a struggling Arthurlie team.

Meadow will be hoping this will be the confidence boosting win to go onto the next two Saturdays with big games against Hurlford in West of Scotland next Saturday  and Clydebank in the Scottish Junior Cup on Saturday 26th October.


Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round Draw

Irvine Meadow v Clydebank

Meadow draw Clydebank in a draw neither team would have wanted. The stand out tie in the 2nd Round of the Junior Cup.

Game to be played Saturday 26th October, 2.30pm kick off.

Super League Premier Division

Saturday 5th October

Irvine Meadow 2 - 4 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 

(Maxwell, own goal)

Meadow went down at home to Rob Roy with a lacklustre performance that leaves Meadow in the bottom half of the table on 8 points. Rob Roy started brightly scoring a header in only 7 minutes from a corner by Urquhart. Meadow really struggled to create many chances in the first half and Roy Roy made it 2-0 with a great 30 yard strike by Jamie Hay past Stephen Hall.  Meadow went in at half time 2-0 down and well outplayed

Meadow started the second half with more creative and attacking flair. A switch to 3 at the back and Mawell up front helped create Meadow the first goal back as Hall set up Maxwell to control a header pass the onrushing Rob Roy keeper. Rob Roy however within 10 minutes got a penalty as Thomson was adjudged to have pushed a Rob Roy player in the box. Sawyers converted the penalty to make it 3-1. Meadow again got a goal back through a Thomson free kick that was deflected in by the Rob Roy defence. Rob Roy however sealed the game with a fourth from another header this time by Morton that Hall could not keep out.

Full Time: Irvine Meadow 2 - 4 Rob Roy

Rob Roy first goal


Maxwell gets a goal back for Dow.



Thomson deflected free kick makes it 2-3. 







Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round

Saturday 28th September

Irvine Meadow 2 v 1 Scone Thistle

Irvine Meadow go into the 2nd Round draw of the Scottish Junior Cup but only after a nervy win over a battling and tough Scone Thistle team. The East Region North Division team made Meadow sweat and competed very well particularly in the second half. Meadow started lively enough creating chances in the first 15 minutes with McCann looking lively on the left wing. Meadow made the breakthrough after a free kick was conceded 25 yards from goal and Thomson scored with a fine strike into the top hand corner leaving Scone keeper with no chance. Meadow quickly doubled the lead through Chris Hall who slammed a shot from inside the box into the roof of the net. Meadow then struggled to break Scone down for the rest of the half while Thistle started to get more into the game.

Scone Thistle started to look more dangerous in the second half and after 66 minutes got a goal through good build up play on the Meadow right hand side that was finished off expertly inside the box by Charlie Fertacz passed Sheppard on his Meadow debut. Meadow made a couple of changes with one enforced as Darroch came off to be replacd by Campbell and Declan Cairney replaced the injured Finlayson. Meadow struggled to create many real chances in the second half with McCann through on goal but good defending kept him out. Scone gave Meadow support, management and players a nervy last 25 minutes as the Dow struggled to finish off Scone while Thistle had chances of their own to earn a replay. Meadow prevailed in the end but Scone were deservedly applauded off the park for their tremendous efforts. 

FT Irvine Meadow 2 - 1 Scone Thistle

Meadow scorers: (Thomson & Hall) 

Scone Thistle scorer: (Fertacz)

Good luck for the rest of the season Scone Thistle from all at Irvine Meadow.

Irvine Meadow can confirm the signings of Greg Mitchell 20 year old striker who was with Kilwinning Rangers last season and Stephen McKeown an experienced 32 year old striker & midfielder whose previous clubs include Airdrie, Ayr United, Partick Thistle and Pollok.

Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round

Saturday 28th September

Irvine Meadow v Scone Thistle (2.30pm)

Meadow take on East Region North Division team Scone Thistle from Perthshire in the 1st Round of the Junior Cup. Scone Thistle are one of the oldest teams in the East Region and are rebuilding after a year in abeyance in 2011-2012.

Get down to Meadow Park and support the Dow!

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Saturday 21st September

Irvine Meadow 0 - 1 Auchinleck Talbot

Irvine Meadow went down to our first league defeat to 2013/14 to a last minute free kick to ten men Talbot. Meadow had chances themselves particularly in the first half to get an early but unfortunately failed to take advantage. Talbot also had chances in the first half in an entertaining game with both Talbot's Leishman and Stephen Hall having to stay lively in goals.

Meadow had an early injury in the second half to Staunton who was replaced by Declan Cairney as Meadow re-shuffled. Talbot then started to have the better of the game even after going down to ten men with their number 3 shown a second yellow card for hand ball. Paul Maxwell for Meadow did have a header hit the Talbot post from a quick Thomson free kick. Talbot won it in the 89th minute with a last minute bullet free kick from Pettigrew that took a deflection and left Hall with no chance. Meadow had a couple of penalty appeals turned away by the ref one in injury time and Talbot held on for three points.


 McCann tussling for ball with Talbot defender

Hall making a good first half save

Milliken beat to ball by Stephen Hall



Maxwell hitting the post with a header

One of handball incidents

Pettigrew's free kick winner





Next Fixture:

Irvine Meadow v Auchinleck Talbot (2pm)

Meadow face league leaders Auchinleck for the first time this season. Please come and show your support for our new players who have gained 8 points from 4 league games so far. Season tickets are still available. 

Irvine Meadow 1 - 0 Kilbirnie Ladeside
 
Meadow produced a hard fought win over Kilbirnie on a wet September's afternoon. An early free kick from Mark Thomson was enough to beat Kilbirnie. Meadow went down to ten men in the second half as Shaun Fraser received a second yellow card for dissent but Meadow managed to contain Ladeside to a couple of long range strikes and further efforts going wide.
 
A good 3 points for Meadow who now face Clydebank away on Saturday. The supporters bus leaves Meadow Park at 12.30pm with spaces still available. Come along and support the Dow.

 


Largs Thistle 1 - 1 Irvine Meadow

Darroch tries acrobatics with Finlayson challenging


Staunton makes excellent headed clearance


Thomson shoots in first half

Euan Lindsay rounds keeper for Largs' goal




Chris Hall scores equaliser



Irvine Meadow came away from Barrfields with a point thanks to a late strike by Meadow substitute Chris Hall.
Meadow had chances in the first half through Thomson volley and Sideserf but neither tested the Largs goalkeeper in a warm but quite blustery late August day. Largs also threatened through lively James Marks but failed to really test Stephen Hall in the Meadow goal in a quite forgetable first half.

Both teams came out more in the second half with Shaun Fraser volleying over from close range after a sustained Meadow attack. Meadow had a strong claim for a penalty as Largs defender handled in the box as Chris Hall flicked it over his head but fortunately  for Largs nothing was given. Number 11 Euan Lindsay for Largs got the break through with 13 minutes to go as he wrong footed the Meadow defence and rounded the keeper to put the Thistle in front. Meadow dug deep for the last 10 minutes and had Chris Hall to thank for the equaliser with McCann bursting run and pass finding Hall on the edge of the box and he found the corner of the net to get a deserved draw for Meadow.

Meadow Team:
S. Hall, Darroch, Halliday, Staunton, Thomson, Stokes, McCann, Fraser, Finlayson, Maxwell, Sideserf.
Subs: Chris Hall, Darren McGeouch, Cairney


Irvine Meadow retain annual Marymass trophy 2013

Irvine Victoria 0 - 1 Irvine Meadow


Meadow squad & management

Shaun Fraser on ball with Mark Thomson alongside.

Mark Sideserf


Maxwell chasing down ball.

 
Gary McCann







Irvine Meadow 2 - 0 Ashfield


West of Scotland Cup Winners 2011/2012