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There will be a meeting for Shareholders on Sunday 26th Feb at 1pm in the Social Club.

The purpose of the meeting is to update Shareholders on the transfer to the new structure, financial update and report on activity of CIC since last meeting. Lots of good news and information to share.

This will be followed by a Supporters meeting at 2pm that will be attended by the management team who will provide a progress report, update on future plans and answer suppoerters questions.

A good turnout is requested for both meetings which will be informative for Shareholders and supporters.

Saturday 11th February
New Coins West of Scotland Cup 2nd Round

Pollok 1 v 0 Irvine Meadow

Pollok v Meadow. Robert Ritchie photos

Saturday 4th February
McBookie West Region Super First Division

Irvine Meadow 2 v 0 Shotts Bon Accord (Carson penalty & Black)

Match Report by Gary Anderson
Photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie and Gordon McCreath.

With some players unavailable, Meadow made a couple of changes to the lineup. McLennan moved up to the right hand side of midfield with Strachan replacing him at centre back. Cripps started up top with Boyd as the team looked to close the gap at the top of the table. 
Shotts started off looking sharper, producing a number of opportunities early doors. Number 11 had all sorts of space to run at the home defence before hitting a sweet strike which forced a good save from Newman onto the post. A mistake at the back called Newman into action shortly after with another great stop.

Newman making a first half stop
(Robert Ritchie Photo)

Irvine Meadow began to fight their way back into the game with both Muir and Boyd finding space in the Shotts box. It was end to end action as both sides looked for the opener. Black was causing all sorts of problems for the away defence, as he came close to scoring with a good hit from outside the box. Carson later whipped in a brilliant freekick which Boyd seemed to have knocked in but the Shotts keeper somehow managed to keep it out. 
With only a minute remaining in the half Carson played in a dangerous corner on top of the keeper, which saw Begley clatter into him. The referee blew his whistle to what was expected to be a Shotts freekick but stunned fans as he pointed to the spot, for what he deemed to be a push on Begley. Carson struck it well leaving the keeper no chance to prevent Meadow taking the lead. 

Photos from Begley being pushed for penalty and Carson getting set to make it 1-0
(Robert Ritchie photos)

Graham Muir (Gordon McCreath photo)

Medda started the second half looking a much better side, as their play began to pick up. Some stunning build up play down the right flank tore the Shotts defence apart. The ball fell to Mcrea in plenty of space but his shot was too weak to trouble the keeper. 
It looked to be 2-0 when Boyd rose well to guide a brilliant header into the top corner but the linesman was quick to raise his flag for offside. It wasn’t long before the second goal was scored however. After a poor clearance from the Shotts defence, Black found himself with time in the box, hitting a low driven shot into the corner of the goal to round off his great performance. 
Shotts looked defeated as the game died out in the final fifteen, the only real chance coming from a defensive error by the tiring away side, with Black coming inches wide after going through on goal.
All in all a decent performance from Medda as they seen off yet another side at Medda park. Yoker remains the only team left in the league that Meadow have yet to face in what will be a tough match. 

Ben Black and Lee McCrea celebrate after Blacks goal to make it 2-0

All ten outfield players celebrating winning goal.
Photo by Robert Ritchie

Meadow showing great team spirit
Photo by Gordon McCreath 

Meadow Line-up: 1) Newman 2) Hannah 3) McCrea 4) Starchan 5) Begley 6) Carson 7) McLennan 8) Muir 9) Boyd 10) Cripps 11) Black
Subs used: Murray for Cripps, Browning for McLennan, Cuthbertson for Boyd
Match Sponsors MOTM – Ben Black
Fans MOTM – Andrew Strachan
Next Match – West of Scotland Cup – Pollok (A)

Meadow 2 v 0 Shotts Bon Accord ‎‎(Robert Ritchie Photos)‎‎

Irvine Meadow 2 v 0 Shotts ‎(Gordon McCreath photos)‎

Saturday 21st January
                  Scottish Junior Cup 4th Round                     

Carluke Rovers 1 v 0 Irvine Meadow

Irvine Meadow went out the Junior Cup after ten men of Meadow lost a goal two minutes from time. It was a tremendous strike by Lewis McDougall for Carluke to put Meadow out the Scottish Junior Cup. The Dow were down to ten men from 13 minutes after Lee McCrea was very harshly adjudged to have brought down a Carluke attacker as a last man when attacker just looked to cut across him.

Meadow created a host of opportunities in the first half with Boyd hitting the bar and Madden putting over when should have hit the target after a flowing Meadow move. In the second half Carluke kept Shaun Newman in the Meadow goals busy but Meadow also had opportuntes mostly from dead ball positions until the devastating goal a couple of minutes from time put Meadow out somewhat undeservedly after battling well with ten men for 77 minutes of the game.

Photos below by Robert Ritchie from the Carluke game

Meadow v Carluke. Robert Ritchie photos

Saturday 14th January
McBookie West Region Super First Division

Irvine Meadow 3 v 0 Cumbernauld United
(Black,Carson & Willet)

Irvine Meadow 3 v 0 Cumbernauld. Robert Ritchie photos

Meadow 3 v 0 Cumbernauld United. Gordon McCreath photos

Saturday 7th January
McBookie West Region Super First Division

Shettleston 1 v 1 Irvine Meadow 
(Boyd penalty)

Match Report by Gary Anderson
Photos by Robert Ritchie
For the first match of 2017, Irvine Meadow travelled to second in the league Shettleston in what looked to be one of their toughest games of the season. Cripps was introduced into the starting x1 to replace the injured Carson, with Madden starting in the midfield also. Meadow started in a 4-3-3 this time as they looked to grab a good three points.

It was a good start from Meadow as they enjoyed most of the play. It was an uneventful first half however, neither side creating much of a problem for the opposing keeper. Shettleston’s only real shot at goal was a long freekick struck straight at Newman. Black hit a powerful strike at the opposite end but it was a routine stop for the keeper.

Nothing each at half time was a fair reflection on the game as neither side managed to find the upper hand. Meadow came out the superior team in the second half however. 
Black came close early on, skipping past 3 players and sending the ball just wide of the post. There were also a number of shouts for handball in the Shettleston box shortly after, as the ball struck a defenders arm high in the air.
With 15 minutes remaining Begley came close to an opener, flicking on a corner kick behind him, with the ball hitting the underside of the bar and flashing across goal. Shettleston came close also, number 9 nodding the ball down to 11 who was inches from tapping in.

A shocking tackle from the Shettleston’s centre back saw both himself and Boyd go down injured. After the two made a swift recovery the referee bizarrely booked what looked to be the incorrect player. After a short discussion with the linesman he booked the centre back also.

With 10 minutes remaining the game looked to be heading towards a goalless draw, until Boyd managed to touch the ball away from the Shettleston defender and get brought down in the box. With Carson missing, Boyd stepped up himself and slotted the ball into the corner for a deserved Meadow lead.

Boyd scoring the penalty

It looked as if Meadow were going to see the game out until a comedy of errors from the linesman and referee in the final minutes led to a Shettleston corner. Driven into the box, it ricocheted off McLennan and Newman before ending up in the back of net, to everyone’s disbelief.

It was a disappointing result in the end for Irvine Meadow, who were robbed of the 3 points. They look to return to winning ways next Saturday at home to Cumbernauld. 

Meadow Line-up: 1) Newman 2) Hannah 3) McCrea 4) McLennan 5) Begley 6) Cripps 7) Madden 8) Muir 9) Boyd 10) Willet 11) Black
Subs used: Strachan for Cripps, Vernon for Willet
Fans MOTM – Lee McCrea
Next Match – Cumbernauld (H)

Photos kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie

Shettleston 1 v 1 Irvine Meadow. Robert Ritchie photos.

Tuesday 3rd January. Festive Friendly
Ardeer 0 v 3 Irvine Meadow
 (Vernon penalty, Dolan & Boyd)

Photos kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie

Ardeer Thistle v Irvine Meadow. Robert Ritchie photos.

100 club & Christmas Hamper winners

100 club Christmas draw winners. 5 x £100!! 
1. Stuart Conway. 5. Jim McNeil. 38. David Given. 42. Stewart Griffiths. 
44. William Henderson. 

Christmas Hamper winner was Robert Cowan!!

Well done folks! Have a great Christmas to all

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 17th December

Irvine Meadow 1 v 1 Petershill

Photos kind courtesy of Gordon McCreath

Irvine Meadow 1 v 1 Petershill

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 10th December

Girvan 3 – 2 Irvine Meadow

Meadow Goal scorers: Boyd and Carson penalty

Match Report by Gary Anderson 
Photos by Robert Ritchie & Gordon McCreath

Girvan v Irvine Meadow. Robert Ritchie photos

Girvan v Meadow. Gordon McCreath match photos

    After progressing through to the next stage of the Scottish Junior Cup, Meadow looked to continue their unbeaten streak. Their opponents sat mid table, playing less games than anyone in the top half of the League standings. On paper it looked to be tight competition between the two sides. It was a lively start to the game with both sides creating chances. Carson tested the Keeper early doors with a freekick but it was saved with ease.

With just under ten minutes played it was the home side who took the lead. Meadow failed to clear a corner, resulting in a goalmouth scramble in the six-yard box, resulting in Auld tapping the ball past Newman. Only a few minutes later Girvan were attacking the Meadow goal again, this time rattling the post with a powerful strike. Irvine Meadow responded well however, both Browning and Begley coming close to scoring an equaliser.

It looked as if the home team were going to double their lead when Newman spilled a powerful shot from outside the box. The ball fell straight to the Girvan forward who managed to sky the ball from only a few yards out. With ten minutes to the half time break, Meadow grabbed an equaliser. Carson played a great ball over the top, and with Boyd beating the keeper to it, he slotted the ball into an empty goal.

After conceding, Girvan looked shaken and Meadow made sure to take advantage. Boyd managed to find himself some space through on goal, where he skipped past the Girvan keeper, who took him clean out with a late challenge. The referee was quick to point to the spot and brandish a red card to the Girvan number 1. Carson stepped up and sent the makeshift keeper the wrong way giving Meadow the lead.

A great final 10 minutes saw Meadow in front at half time and the home side in disarray as they found themselves down to ten men and an outfield player having to go between the sticks.

Only three minutes into the second half the ball fell kindly to Boyd’s feet after a poor save by the keeper, but he unfortunately struck the ball over the bar. Browning made way for Barbour as Meadow looked to grab another goal. Despite being a man down, it was the home side who looked more dangerous. A fine save from Newman stopping a shot from only 10 yards out kept Meadow’s lead intact.

A goal line clearance and decent save from the Girvan keeper kept them in the game. Fans anxiously looked on as Meadow failed to seal the game, missing a number of chances and eventually they were punished for it. Meadow failed to clear the ball from defence in some poor play which saw number 10 race through on goal. A late challenge from Hannah saw him go down and the ref had an easy decision to make, awarding the penalty. McCreadie stepped up for Girvan and calmly placed the ball in the bottom corner. A few minutes later Girvan were through on goal again, this time McLennan making it back just in time to touch the ball away.

The home side continued to press, with their efforts paying off. McCreadie struck a superb freekick for Girvan which rattled the post, falling straight to Patterson who made no mistake in finishing the ball, completing Girvan’s strong comeback. With just under ten minutes remaining Meadow went 3-4-3 with Vernon coming on, but Girvan stayed resilient holding out for a deserved victory. A terrible second half display saw Meadow’s long unbeaten run come to an end with a bad day at the office. The team will look to return to winning ways when they welcome Petershill to Meadow Park next week.

Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round Replay
Saturday 3rd December
Irvine Meadow 5 v 3 Darvel

Meadow Scorers: Begley 2, own goal & Willet 2

After an eventful match which ended in a draw, Irvine Meadow welcomed Darvel to Meadow Park for the Scottish Junior Cup Replay. Graham Boyd’s appeal after his sending off in the last match was accepted, allowing him to start as Meadow’s number 9. McIntyre made his debut in goals, with Mclennan moving to left back and McCrea starting in his usual left hand side of midfield.

Meadow had an early chance to take the lead when McCrea received the ball at the back post, his shot flashing across the face of goal. It wasn’t long till the home side took the lead however. Ten minutes in, Carson whipped a corner into the back post where Begley waited. Leaping above the rest, he manged to head home the opener.

In what was a tight start, Darvel found theirselves with a great opportunity when Strachan’s poor clearance fell right in the middle of the box causing a scramble. Eventually Meadow saw the ball clear to the relief of the home support. Only a few minutes later Darvel came at Meadow again, this time managing to head the ball passed McIntyre, but the goal was rightfully ruled offside. 
Just a minute had passed, when Carson fired in a teasing freekick. The Darvel centre back mistimed his header, looping the ball over his own keeper and into the goal. Meadow looked to grab another, this time Black tapping in a goal after Boyd failed to control the ball, but the Linesman’s flag was up.
After half an hour played, the home side only looked increasingly dangerous. Boyd glided past his man out wide and delivered a stunning cross. Willet rose well and managed to head home the third. 

Carson’s deliveries were on form as he hit yet another great freekick into the box, finding Begley again. The big man rose high and headed a powerful shot past the Darvel number 1. Irvine Meadow controlled the rest of the half, as Boyd looked to grab his first of the game, coming close on a number of occasions. It was a comfortable game for the home side at half time, going in four goals up and having had plenty of chances to make it more. 

The home fans half time celebrations were silenced when only two minutes after the restart Darvel’s Orr curled a freekick round the wall and past McIntyre. Five minutes later the away side scored another after poor defending at a corner allowed Parris a tap in.
Meadow looked shaken as they struggled to get started in the second half. With little over half an hour to go Darvel won a free kick in an identical position as before. This time McIntyre managed to save the shot, but his efforts were in vain as Armour was there to slot the ball in to cut the home side’s lead to one. 

It was a nervy affair for the rest of the second half, both sides looking like they could score next. A final goal came with only a few minutes remaining. Cripps managed to cut the ball across to Willet who turned his man and curled a great shot into the far side of the goal. A sigh of relief spread around Meadow Park after what was a poor second half performance.
Meadow managed to see the game through and earn themselves a spot in the next round, where they will face Carluke, who managed to beat local rivals Irvine Victoria in the last round.

Meadow Line-up: 1)McIntyre  2)Hannah  3)McLennan  4)Strachan  5)Begley 6)Carson  7)Black  8)Muir  9)Boyd  10) Willet  11)McCrae
Subs used: Browning for Black, Cripps for Boyd, Seymour for Willet
(Subs not used - Vernon)

Match Sponsors MOTM – Ben Carson
Fans MOTM – Jared Willet
Next Fixture: League – Girvan (Away)

Meadow will now face Carluke Rovers away on Saturday 21st January 2016 in the 4th Round

Begley with the first goal for Meadow

Darvel Keeper caught with an own goal to double Meadows lead to 2-0

Jared Willet heading home to make it 3-0 to Meadow.

Another headed goal for Meadow to increase the lead to 4-0 before half time

Meadow 5 v 3 Darvel. Robert Ritchie Pics

Irvine Meadow 5 v 3 Darvel. Gordon McCreath Photos

Bonus Ball Results

November Bonus Ball Number 17
4 Winners. £100 each
Paula Noble
Ian Rodgers
Sandy Dean
Stacey Rodgers

To take part contact any committee or email

ETHX Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 19th November
Darvel 1 v 1 Irvine Meadow

Meadow scorer: Carson penalty

***Replay Saturday 26th November***
Irvine Meadow v Darvel (1.45pm kick off)

Darvel v Irvine Meadow. Robert Ritchie photos.

Darvel 1 v 1 Irvine Meadow. Gordon McCreath photos

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 12th November
Irvine Meadow 4 v 1 Kilsyth Rangers

Meadow Scorers: Muir, Willet, Begley & Boyd

Irvine Meadow 4 v 1 Kilsyth. Robert Ritchie photos.

Irvine Meadow 4 v 1 Kilsyth Rangers. Gordon McCreath photos

West of Scotland Cup 2nd Round Draw
Pollok v Irvine Meadow. Date tbc

Meadow face the trip to play Super Premier League giants Pollok. A tough tie but one we are really looking forward to.

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 5th November
Irvine Meadow 2 v 1 Maryhill

Scorers: Carson pen & Boyd

Match report by Gary Anderson, photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie & Gordon McCreath

Maryhill arrived at Meadow Park having won their previous four games after a poor start to the season. A win for the away side could see them out of the relegation zone and continue their strong run of form. Only seconds into the match Maryhill could’ve stole the lead as both Mclennan and Begley made mistakes allowing the away forward through on goal, but his shot was straight at Newman. The Meadow continued to look nervous as Maryhill dominated the opening 15 minutes. It had taken over 20 minutes for Meadow to create any sort of chance, Black’s low drive producing a strong save from the Maryhill keeper. Ten minutes later McLennan fired a long freekick into the box finding McCrea, who’s volley rattled the bar.

Just as things started looking up for Meadow, Maryhill’s number 10 caused all sorts of problems for the back four, winning a freekick just outside the box. He stepped up to take it and curled it brilliantly into the goal. The away team went in with a deserved lead at half time in one of this seasons weaker displays from Meadow. 

It was a cagey start to the second half with both teams having players go into the book and few chances being created. New signing Barbour made his debut up top with Boyd and with just over 20 minutes to play Vernon was introduced. With a loss looking likely, Irvine Meadow moved into a 3-4-3 in the hopes of getting an equalizer. After only being on the pitch for 2 minutes, Vernon stole the ball from the Maryhill Centre Back who instantly brought him down for a penalty. Carson made no mistake, firing it to the keepers left. With under 5 minutes to go Meadow won a freekick high up the field. Carson provided a superb ball into the box finding Boyd who nodded home for a dramatic turnaround.  The stunned away side piled the pressure for the final 5, but Meadow stayed resilient in defence earning them the victory. 

It wasn’t Meadow’s best performance by far but a late double gave them the crucial 3 points against a team on the rise.  

Meadow Line-up: 1) Newman  2) Hannah  3) Murray  4) McLennan  5) Begley  6)Carson  7)Black  8)Muir  9)Boyd  10) Willet  11)McCrea

Subs used:  Barbour for McCrea, Browning for Willet, Vernon for Murray

Match Sponsors MOTM – Stuart Hannah
Supporters MOTM – Shaun Newman

Next Fixture: League – Kilsyth (Home)

Irvine Meadow v Maryhill. Robert Ritchie Photos

Irvine Meadow 2 v 1 Maryhill. Gordon McCreath photos

New Signing

Graeme Barbour has signed for Irvine Meadow on loan for two months from Kilwinning Rangers.
PJ Dolan has left on loan for two months to Darvel, he will be Cup tied for Junior Cup game.

Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round Draw

Darvel v Irvine Meadow

Tie to be played Saturday 19th January
Meadow face the tricky trip to East Ayrshire to face Darvel who have already defeated us at Meadow Park earlier this season.

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 29th October
Cumbernauld United 0 v 3 Irvine Meadow (Boyd, Begley & Muir)

Match Report by Gary Anderson, photos by Robert Ritchie & Gordon McCreath.

It was back to  league business after a run of cup games for Meadow. Browing came in for the injured Ben Black on the wing and Boyd lead the line this week. A win by 2 goals of more would see Meadow climb above Cumbernauld and into the top 5. The opening 10 minutes of the match was very tight, as expected. It wasn’t until 15 minutes had passed that the first opportunity at goal came. A long free kick from Newman was floated brilliantly into the box, where Boyd met it well, heading into the bottom corner of the goal. Meadow carried on looking the more dangerous side but it was Cumbernauld who came close next. A good ball in from a free kick caused chaos in the box but Begley did well to reach the ball and clear.

Only a few minutes later, a good corner from Carson was fired towards Begley who rose up and nodded in Irvine Meadow’s second of the game.Just over 5 minutes before the break Cumbernauld began to look dangerous in attack but their defence still looked very shaky.


After a brilliant performance from Meadow in the first half, it was the home team that started better in the second. A brilliant freekick from Cumbernauld’s 7 forced a fantastic save from Newman, continuing his great run of form.The home side looked the favourites to score the next goal as they piled the pressure on the resilient Meadow defence, but it was Muir who grabbed the third of the game, his first league goal of the season. Boyd flicked on McCrea’s cross towards the back post. The Cumbernauld number 1 made a mess of it and Muir was there on the line to tap home.

Cumbernauld continued to press as the game drew to an end, but some brilliant defending from the Meadow back 4 kept them at bay. The home side’s right back hit a brilliant strike from 30 yards out which rattled the post, adding to his team’s frustrations in attack. Both teams missed easy chances in the final few minutes. Boyd missing a 1 vs1 with the keeper, Browning’s cutback after going past the keeper cut out and the Cumbernauld 9 dragging his shot wide in acres of space.


Great performance from Irvine Meadow as they begin to challenge at the top of the table. Next week it’s home to Maryhill who look to get out of the bottom 3 having won their last two league games.

Meadow Line-up: 1)Newman  2)Hannah  3)Murray  4)McLennan  5)Begley 6)Carson  7)Browning  8)Muir  9)Boyd  10) Willet  11)McCrae

Subs used: Cuthbertson for Muir, Vernon for Willet

(Subs not used - Dolan, Cripps, Strachan)

MOTM – Ryan Begley

Next Fixture: League – Maryhill (Home)

Cumbernauld v Irvine Meadow. Robert Ritchie photos

Cumbernauld v Meadow. Gordon McCreath photos

Irvine Meadow Bonus Ball -  Win £100!!
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Irvine Meadow have set up a Community Club,
Irvine Meadow Community Club.

Meadow Park and Social Club is now open for Youth and Community use.
IMCC is a CIC ( Community Interest Club ) and as such is separate from the Junior team, and its focus is to put in place a Development Fund for its Youth and Community sections.Whilst Grants will be pursued we must be able to contribute to projects, so we are running a Monthly Lotto based on the national lotto Bonus Ball on the last Saturday of each Month.

 It costs £3 for each month entered.
You will choose a ball between 1 & 59, and if it is drawn as the Bonus Ball on the last Saturday of the month you win £100 for each competed 59 slot sheet.

To enter for just £3 per month text Brian Lamb on 07803146301or email

Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round. Saturday 22nd October
Irvine Meadow 4 v 0 Oakley United
(Own goal, Vernon, McCrea & Boyd)

Match Report by Gary Anderson
Match photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie and Gordon McCreath.

Meadow looked to make it 5 wins in a row following good form in previous weeks, with the same line-up starting as last week’s win over Rutherglen. The away team made the journey from Fife as the underdogs, looking to cause an upset.

It was a quiet start to the game with neither team creating many chances. A hard tackle out on the wing from Oakley’s number 5 gave Carson an opportunity to create problems with a freekick and that’s exactly what he did. A driven cross into the box resulted in the visiting team knocking the ball into their own net to give Irvine Meadow the first goal of the match.
With the goal advantage, Meadow began to control the game. Only 5 minutes later, Vernon brought the ball down from a cross with his right foot and hit with his left on the turn, smashing the ball into the back of the net.
The home side dominated the rest of the half in what was a dry spell. With a 2 goal advantage, they looked good for the victory.
HT Irvine Meadow 2 v 0 Oakley.

Meadow came close once again just after the restart, as Begley rose well to meet Carson’s corner, but the header was just over.
It wasn’t until an hour into the game that Oakley began to look dangerous, as they started to create some chances for themselves. 

Meadow managed to catch the away side on the break, as Willet broke down the right hand side. The Oakley keeper did well to punch the ball clear, but the clearance fell straight to McCrea who dipped the keeper from a good 30 yards out. Despite going 3 goals down, it was a good response from the away team, with their centre forward missing two good chances.
With just over 20 minutes to go Boyd replaced Willet, with Meadow going with two out and out forwards. This was the first time Boyd and Vernon were partnered together and it wasn’t long before one of them netted the 4th goal.  
Browning managed to lay the ball down for Boyd who, after only being on a minute, just beat the defender to the ball with his deflected shot rising over the keeper. 

Both teams created a few chances in the final minutes but the Irvine Meadow defence managed to keep a clean sheet. The home side sailed through to the next round of the Scottish Junior cup with a confident performance.

Meadow Line-up: 1) Newman  2) Hannah 
 3) Murray  4) McLennan  5) Begley  6)Carson  7)Black  8)Muir  9)Vernon  10) Willet  11)McCrae

Subs used: Browning for Black, Boyd for Willet, Dolan for Carson

Match Sponsors MOTM – Lee McCrea
Supporters MOTM - Ryan Begley

Next Fixture: League – Cumbernauld (Away)

Vernon with Meadow's second goal

Meadow 4 v 0 Oakley. Robert Ritchie photos

Meadow 4 v 0 Oakley. Gordon McCreath photos

West of Scotland Cup 1st Round
Saturday 15th October

Rutherglen Glencairn 1 v 1 Irvine Meadow
Meadow scorer: Browning 

Meadow win 4-3 on penalties.

Photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie
Match Report by Gary Anderson

Rutherglen Glencairn v Irvine Meadow. West of Scotland Cup. Sat 15th Oct

The previous meeting between the two teams was a tight 1-1 league draw at Meadow Park. After a string of good results and performances, Irvine Meadow looked to continue their run of form and continue into the next round of the cup.

It was a good start from Meadow as they put the home defence under pressure. There was an early penalty shout as Vernon was dragged down in the box but the ref was having none of it. The majority of the first half was a dull affair, with both teams struggling to really pose an attacking threat.
It was Rutherglen who looked like the much better side in the final 15 minutes of the half as they came at Meadow with a number of dangerous attacks. The defence held firm however seeing it through to a 0-0 draw at half time. 

It was the home side who came out firing after the break as they forced a fantastic save from Newman with a header at the back post. Only a few minutes later, Rutherglen came close again at the back post, this time just inches from tapping in. 

With half an hour to go Meadow made a lucky escape. A deflection sent Rutherglen’s forward through who shot passed Newman but struck the post. The ball then hit off Hannah on the line who managed to get it out of his feet and clear.  

70 minutes in Meadow brought on Boyd for Vernon and the balance of the game began to shift. Having their first good spell in the match since the opening minutes, Meadow managed to come close a number of times.
The pressure paid off however, as with just over 5 minutes to go, a ball across the box fell to Browning, who hammered the ball through the keeper and into the back of the net.

Rutherglen responded by going 3 at the back in the hopes of snatching a late equalizer, and that’s exactly what they done.
Attacking down the right, Rutherglen’s wide man cut inside of Murray and after the slightest of touches went down. To the home team’s delight the ref pointed to the spot. Paddy Cullen made no mistake with the penalty, smashing it into the top corner. 
With the full time whistle blowing shortly after kick off, it was penalties to decide who progressed into the next round.

After the first six penalties it was three a piece, with both teams burying their penalties with ease. Cullen, who scored Rutherglen’s last minute equalizer, stepped up once more, only this time smashing the crossbar. Muir made no mistake with his penalty to put Meadow in front. Up stepped Jamie Hunter for what could be his side’s last penalty. His powerful shot went to Newman’s left, but the keeper dived well and blocked the shot seeing Meadow through to the next round.

Meadow Line-up: 1)Newman  2)Hannah  3)Murray  4)McLennan  5)Begley 6)Carson  7)Black  8)Muir  9)Vernon  10) Willet  11)McCrae
Subs used: Browning for Black, Boyd for Vernon

(Subs not used - Cuthbertson, McGowan, Weir)
MotM: Shaun Newman

McBookie West Region Super First Division 
Saturday 8th October
Blantyre Vics 0 v 1 Irvine Meadow

Photos by Robert Ritchie & Gordon McCreath

Blantyre Vics 0 v 1 Irvine Meadow

Irvine Meadow EGM - Friday 21st October @ 7pm

An EGM has been called for Friday 21st October @ 7pm in the Social Club

The purpose of the Meeting is for Season Ticket Holders to vote on a resolution to dissolve the current unincorporated Irvine Meadow and transfer all Assets and Liabilities to the recently formed Irvine Meadow Football Club CIC. This is the only item on the agenda.

Following the EGM there will be a meeting for all Shareholders @ 7:30pm

Season Ticket Holders and Shareholders can attend both meetings but only Season Tickets holders can vote at the EGM and Shareholders at the Shareholders Meeting.

The agenda for the Shareholders Meeting is as follows:

Financial Report

CIC Structure

Board of Directors

Role of Directors

Election of Directors

Voting Rights

Business Plan

Share Certificates

This is an important meeting and all Shareholders and Season Ticket Holders are requested to attend.

Notice of the Meeting will be in the local Press and Social Media.

Tom McFarlane
Vice Chairman

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 1st October

Irvine Meadow 3 v 1 Irvine Victoria

(Meadow scorers: own goal, Begley & Black)

Photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie

Match report by Gary Anderson


Irvine meadow went into the game behind Vics in the league,
with both teams only on two points after four games. After the events of the Marymass cup it was always going to be a cagey affair.

Both teams started well with the ball being moved end to end, but it
was Meadow who had an early chance to take the lead. Boyd managed to nab the ball off of the opposition centre back and break through on goal, but he struck wide. Only a minute later Black managed to find his way through on goal, with the Vics keeper making a routine stop from a weak shot.

Eleven minutes in however, Vics Young
found himself completely unmarked from a throw in, giving him all the time in the world to find the top corner. With Vics taking the lead, the game looked much more in the balance. Carson’s set pieces were getting ever more dangerous and eventually paid off. A good corner from the man came clean off the Vics defender into his own net for Meadow to draw even.

Despite a fierce game with numerous warnings it took almost half an hour for the first booking to be given. Few chances fell for either side towards the end of the first half, but after Irvine Vics failed to clear a corner, Carson’s ball back in found Begley who headed home to take the lead. A pacey corner from the other end looked to put Meadow in danger
if it wasn’t for Weir coming out well and punching clear.

HT: A tight first half between the local rivals but it was Irvine
Meadow who went in ahead.

Meadow came flying out the blocks in the second half, bombarding the Vics goal for the first ten minutes of the second half. Muir being the one who came closest with Vics number 4 making a crucial block. A free kick in a great position for Vics seen Weir make a fantastic save to prevent the ball flying into the top corner.

Meadow continued to apply pressure but
failed to find the target. As frustrations rose the referee had to approach the Vics management for a second time in the match, deciding to send one of them to the stands. Only a few minutes later Vics Chesney seen red for his second booking after committing a number of fouls while on a yellow. With only a few minutes to go Meadow finally got their third of the game. A long ball over the top fell to Black who took it in his stride towards goal. The Vics keeper rushed out and appeared to miss the ball as it rolled into the back of the net.

FT: A great performance from Meadow saw them sail past their
local rivals and rise above them in the league.

Meadow Line Up: Weir, Hannah, Murray, McLennan, Begley, Carson, Ben Black, Muir, Boyd, Willet, Browning. Sub Used: Vernon for Boyd

Ben Black with a shot early on

Vics make it 1-0 to them with a tremendous strike

Meadow equalise through a Vics own goal

Ben Black with a run down the wing

Ryan Begley makes it 2-1 for Meadow in the first half

Ben Black bearing down on Vics keeper for the third Meadow goal

Celebrations after  the third goal

Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round Draw

Irvine Meadow have been drawn at home to East South Division Team Oakley United
Tie due to be played on Saturday 22nd October. 2.30pm kick off

Stagecoach Super First Division
Saturday 17th September

Kilsyth Rangers 3 v 0 Irvine Meadow

Many Thanks to Gordon McCreath & Robert Ritchie for the great photos

Graham Boyd on the ball
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Jared Willet in red for Meadow looking on
Photo by Gordon McCreath
Graham Muir in the midfield
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Meadow left back Mark Murray
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Ryan Begley getting in a challenge on Kilsyth keeper

Midfielder Ben Carson
Photo by Gordon McCreath
Kilsyth taking a corner late on
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Photo by Robert Ritchie

Kilsyth open the scoring through a header

 Photo by Robert Ritchie

Photo by Robert Ritchie

Ryan Begley challenging for the ball

Photo by Robert Ritchie

Kilsyth make it 2-0 just before half time
Photo by Robert Ritchie

Kilsyth keeper making a save in second half

Photo by Robert Ritchie

The third goal for Kilsyth from a free kick defying the Meadow goalie

Photo by Robert Ritchie

Vernon misses from close range

Photo by Robert Ritchie

                                                                                                                                 Photo by Robert Ritchie

Irvine Meadow 1 v 1 Rutherglen Glencairn (Ben Black)

Photos kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie

Boyd and Begley trying to get a header on the ball

Ben Black trying to get onto a loose ball in the box

Glencairn number 9 makes it 1-0 to Rutherglen

Jared Willet goes close for Meadow

Ben Blacks wonder strike from 25 yards leaves Glens keeper well beaten

Ben Black celebrates his stunning equaliser with team mates

Meadow go close in second half but cant find a winner

Glencairn nearly get the win with minutes to go but well defender by Meadow player Mark McLennan

More photos from Irvine Meadow 1 v 1 Rutherglen Glencairn
Kind Courtesy of Gordon McCreath

Graham Muir defending a corner

Ben Black's wonder strike leaving the keeper with no chance

Meadow scorer Ben Black

Renfrew 2 v 2 Irvine Meadow (Vernon & Boyd)

Meadow got a last minute equaliser against Renfrew to pick up our first point of the season. Renfrew went ahead twice but goals from Greg Vernon and an injury time equaliser from the head of Graham Boyd snatched a point at the death for Irvine Meadow.

Renfrew making a goal line clearance in the first half
Photo kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie

Ben Black running at Renfrew defence
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Vernon shot is blocked in the first half
Photo by Robert Ritchie

Meadow's number 10 Graham Muir
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Greg Vernon heads in from close range to make it 1-1
Photo by Robert Richie

Vernons equaliser
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Renfrew make it 2-1 from a penalty
Photo kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie

Jared Willet making a run down the wing in the second half
Photo kind courtesy of Gordon McCreath

Graham Boyd heads home the injury time equaliser for Meadow
Photo kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie

A plane at nearby Glasgow Airport
Photo kind courtesy of Gordon McCreath

Irvine Meadow 1 v 2 Clydebank
Meadow scorer: Carson penalty

Photos kindly provided by Meadow supporters 
Robert Ritchie and Gordon McCreath 

Meadow keeper Grant Weir punches clear from a corner
Photo kindly provided by Robert Ritchie

Goalscorer Ben Carson
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Carson puts Bankies keeper the wrong way
Photo kindly provided by Robert Ritchie

Side view of Meadow's first league goal of the season
Thanks to Gordon McCreath for the photo

Meadow go close in the second half
Photo by Robert Ritchie

James Cuthbertson jumping for header
Photo kindly provided by Gordon McCreath

Ben Carson clearing from a corner as Seymour looks on and Begley putting pressure on Bankies attacker
Photo kindly provided by Robert Ritchie

Young Ben Black on the ball
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Clydebank getting winning goal on 88 minutes
Photo kindly provided by Robert Ritchie

Meadow Midfielder Stuart Hannah on the ball
Photo kindly provided by Gordon McCreath

Irvine Meadow AGM - Sunday 4th September, 1pm

Open only to season ticket holders. Please purchase one if not already

Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round Draw

    Lesmahagow v Irvine Meadow. Tie to be played Saturday 24th September.
2.30pm kick off

Irvine Meadow v Clydebank

The start of the League Season and a home fixture against one of the title favourites Clydebank which should be a useful barometer of our progress over the summer.

Clydebank have a big noisy travelling support who will no doubt be there in numbers this being the first game of the season. They also have a good reputation for their behaviour and we don't anticipate any trouble at the game.

However, after last Friday's game we have considered our stewarding of busy fixtures. The Police will be in the vicinity and Stewards will be in place at the turnstiles to ensure that no carry outs are taken into the ground. Please do not attempt to take alcohol into the Ground as you will be refused admission. We will continue to liaise with the Police to ensure that Meadow Park is a safe place to play and watch football.

Let's all enjoy the fixture in safety and from behind the barriers, no one is allowed on the pitch other than Players and Officials, this includes children at half-time. If any of them want to kick a ball about they can use the training ground.

Thanks in advance for your co-operation.

Tom McFarlane
Vice Chairman

Irvine Meadow 1 v 1 Ardeer Thistle
Meadow scorer: Willet

Thanks to Robert Ritchie for the photos

Willet scores the first from tight angle

Vernon has a shot

Jared Willet with a long range ping

Ben Carson putting a tackle in

Ardeers penalty 

Begley puts in a good tackle

McCann in goals for Ardeer who was excellent

Weir in goals for Meadow makes a catch

The local police look on and enjoyed an entertaining game I am sure.

Irvine Meadow 4 v 3 Hurlford
(Black, McLennan & Boyd 2)

Meadow produced an injury time fightback from 3-2 down thanks to two goals from new signing Graham Boyd. Meadow went ahead through a great move with Willet crossing for Ben Black who scored a great half volley. Meadow couldn't hold out as a cross from a corner went passed Weir in goal to make it 1-1 just before half time. 

Meadow made it 2-1 in the second half through a great move and goal by Mark McLennan whose left foot shot found the back of the net. Hurlford however came straight back with ex Meadow defender Kris Roberton finding the goal with a header. Another goal for Hurlford this time from a corner and another header meant Meadow werr looking at a second straight defeat but an inspired Graham Boyd scored with a great instinctivr shot from corner to make it 3-3. There was even more to come as a mistake in Hurlford defence was capatalised on by Graham Boyd who sent the Meadow faithful into ecstasy with a winning goal right on the final whistle.