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Irvine Meadow Season Tickets 2017/18

To purchase a season ticket for 2017-18 season please see Stewart Griffiths or any committee at the gate during pre season friendlies and Ardagh Cup home games.
Prices same as last season at £70 adults / £35 concessions.
This gives you entry to 13 home league games. Season tickets not only save you money but also help out Irvine Meadow at an important time of the season.

Players Who Have Signed New Contracts For Coming Season:

Ryan Begley
Ben Black
Ben Carson
Stuart Hannah
Lee McCrea
Mark McLennan
Shaun Newman
Andrew Strachan
Jared Willet

New Signings:

Eddie McTernan, 24yrs old Forward from Arthurlie

Ryan Carnwath, 22yrs old Midfielder from East Kilbride Thistle FC

Aaron Connolly, 25yrs old Striker from East Kilbride Thistle FC

Rhys Devlin, 26yrs old Central Midfielder from Fauldhouse United

Alan Cairns, Left Back (ex Renfrew & Yoker)

Con Boyle, Midfielder (ex East Kilbride Thistle & Shettleston)

Steven McKeown, Versatile Player (ex Kilbirnie Ladeside, Beith & Arthurlie)

Photo courtesy of Stevie McKendrick (Irvine Herald)

Players Who Have Left The Club:

William Wells to Cumbernauld United
Graham Muir to Largs Thistle
Graham Boyd to Rutherglen Glencairn
Chris McKnight to Hurlford United

Players Re-signing for 2017-18

Shaun Newman
Stuart Hannah
Ryan Begley
Andy Strachan
Lee McCrea
Mark McLennan
Ben Carson
Jared Willet 
Ben Black

The new signings from other clubs will be confirmed as soon as we possibly can once official.

Primary Schools Tournament @ Meadow Park
Saturday 3rd June

Irvine Meadow are hosting a primary schools tournament this Saturday 3rd June @ Meadow Park. Will be from around 10am this Saturday. The teams will be playing for the Meadow Trophy! This will be sponsored by Unison and we thank them for their great support.

Tea Stall will also be open. Times tbc

New Irvine Meadow Manager 

Irvine Meadow are delighted to confirm the appointment of Ross Wilson as our new manager.
Ross Willson was assistant manager with BSC Glasgow and East Kilbride and holds a UEFA A licence.
He took over at Kello last year and led them to promotion from the Ayrshire District League in his first season at the Kirkconnel based team.

We had a number of great applications and thank you to everyone who took time to apply for the post.

Applications are invited for Management Team vacancies.
Please reply to Club Secretary, Jamie Renton on 07519 920171 or email to
All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.
Closing date is 23rd May 2017.

Management Team

The Committee regrets to announce that Gareth Turner and Neil McGowan have both tendered their resignation with effect from the end of the season due to work commitments.

We would like to thank them both for their hard work and commitment and contribution over this season.We wish them well.

Michael Wardrope wishes to remain at Irvine Meadow.

The Committee will discuss the vacant positions over the next few weeks.

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Saturday 6th May

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup

Beith 1 - 1 Irvine Meadow
(Beith win 4-2 on penalties)

Match Report by Gary Anderson. Photos by Gordon McCreath

Beith on a sunny day with their flags out

Irvine Meadow faced a tough test against last year’s Scottish Junior cup winners Beith, in the second round of the Ayrshire Weekly Press cup. With Boyd and Barbour unavailable, Cripps started up front alongside Young, with Muir returning to the side also. With a close result against Pollok earlier in the season, Meadow looked once again to produce a good result against a premier division side.

It was Meadow who were first to come close to scoring, with Young leading a quick counter attack. His lay off to Carson at the edge of the box saw his first time shot saved well early on. Beith were quick to create their own chances however, Christie beating Newman to a cross but the resulting header was just wide. Beith continued to press but it was strong defending by Meadow to keep them out.

Irvine Meadow had their fair share of play, and they were the first to score. Willet done well to take the ball straight through the Beith back line before smashing the ball across the keeper into the back of the net. The goal didn’t take anything away from the home side, as they looked for a quick response. Beith’s McGowan beat Strachan as he burst into the box, Newman providing a brilliant stop down low. After half an hour of resilient defending, Beith finally broke through. A high cross into the box was won by number 5 who headed the ball down. Ex Medda player McPherson was the first to react, smashing the ball into the back of the net from close range.

Ex Meadow player and Beith scorer McPherson

Beith continued to push for the rest of the half, Bradley coming closest as he shot towards the bottom corner after a quick counter. However, yet another superb save from Newman kept Meadow in the game at half time.

Beith began the second half as they ended the first, attacking the Irvine Meadow defence. 12 looked to tap in a goal at the back post when a low driven cross flashed across the Meadow box but somehow he didn’t connect with the ball. Caught once again on the counter attack, a long kick from the Beith keeper went all the way through to Christie who looked to lob Newman, but was stopped by a brilliant save. Medda’s best chance of the half came to Willet, when a poor clearance fell kindly for him inside the box. His shot was inches over, much to the relief of the home fans.

The in form Newman looked as if he wouldn’t be beaten again as the keeper made numerous close range stops. With ten minutes remaining Beith stepped up their game yet again, creating chance after chance but both Newman and the defence held strong to see out the draw. With no extra time, penalties decided the winner.

Carson stepped up first but hit a poor penalty which was easily saved. The next 7 penalties were all taken well and scored with ease. Muir was to take Meadow’s fifth penalty, and it was almost identical to Carson’s, with the keeper saving it also.

The game ended with Beith deservedly moving onto the next round but it was a good effort from Meadow who took them all the way. An outstanding performance from Newman seen him earn man of the match with ease. Irvine Meadow will look to replicate the fight they showed next week against Yoker in their final game of the season at home.

Meadow Line-up: 1) Newman 2) Hannah 3) McCrea 4) Strachan 5) Begley 6) Carson 7) Muir 8) McKnight 9) Cripps 10) Young 11) Willet

Subs used: Black for Cripps

Joe Young who caused Beith problems with his pace & trickery

MOTM - Newman below

Next Match: League – Yoker(H)

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 22nd April

Shotts Bon Accord 2 v 0 Irvine Meadow

Shotts 2 v 0 Irvine Meadow

McBookie West Region Super First Division 
Saturday 15th April

Irvine Meadow 0 v 0 Girvan 

Photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie

Meadow 0 v 0 Girvan

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 8th April

Yoker 3 v 1 Irvine Meadow (Carson penalty)

Photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie
Match report by Gary Anderson

After a great win against top of the league Shettleston last weekend, Meadow looked to get another 3 points against bottom half side Yoker. The only change to the side saw Young replace Willet out wide. Last trip to Holm Park seen Medda beat Clydebank in a strong performance, which they looked to repeat.
Right from the start, Yoker looked to be a threat. A powerful freekick in the opening minutes seen Newman called into action early on. The pressure on the Meadow defence continued until finally, Yoker grabbed the opener. Cutting inside, Yoker’s Maitland hit a strong striker towards Newman’s near post. It was a poor save from the keeper as it went through him and into the goal.
It took over half an hour before Meadow got their first shot at goal, Boyd rising well to header the ball into the corner but it was a good stop by the keeper.
Neither side managed to create any real goal threat for the rest of the half, in what was a disappointing forty-five minutes of football. 
It looked like Irvine Meadow had woken up at the beginning of the second half, playing some good football in the opposition half. But after a poor corner, Yoker broke well on the counter attack, Hynes too quick and strong for McCrea as he ran through on goal and poked the ball past Newman.

After several missed chances, Willet replaced Boyd up top as Meadow looked for that much needed goal. Yoker came close to grabbing a third however. Begley was caught looking for too much time on the ball as number 9 came in and nabbed the ball off him, striking his shot narrowly over the bar.
With only 20 minutes to go and a lack of chances being created, Medda went to a 3-4-3 as Young joined Willet and Barbour up front. Within 5 minutes though, Yoker grabbed their third goal of the match.  A poor clearance fell straight to Maitland, who hit a brilliant strike into the top corner, this time leaving Newman no chance.
Only a minute later, there was a handball in the Yoker penalty area as young fired in a cross. Carson confidently struck the penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way. There were chances for Meadow to score again, Willet coming agonisingly close and Strachan hitting the bar, but it was too little too late.  
In what was a game Medda were expected to win, it was a disappointing result and a disappointing performance. With a real chance at promotion, improvement is much needed, especially in a massive game next week against Girvan.
Meadow Line-up: 1) Newman 2) McLennan 3) McCrea 4) Strachan 5) Begley 6) Carson 7) Black 8) McKnight 9) Barbour 10) Boyd 11) Young
Subs used: Willet for Boyd, Wells for Black, Cripps for Barbour
Next Match: League – Girvan(H)

Yoker 3 v 1 Irvine Meadow. Robert Ritchie photos

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 1st April

Irvine Meadow 3 v 0 Shettleston Town

Scorers: Carson 2, (1 pen) & McLennan pen

Photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie 
Match Report by Gary Anderson

Irvine Meadow welcomed league leaders Shettleston, in what was a vital match in the fight for promotion. After a controversial equalizer in the last meeting, Meadow looked to get the 3 points this time around
It was the perfect start for Medda, with only 3 minutes played the referee awarded a penalty to the home side. A dipping freekick from Carson was met by a flailing Shettleston hand, with the referee quick to make the decision for a penalty. Carson struck the penalty low and hard into the corner, leaving the goalkeeper no chance.

Only minutes later, Boyd managed to burst through on goal, but his touch around the keeper was too heavy, squandering the chance. Barbour also came close to doubling the lead, finding space in the box but hitting his shot just wide. A superb opening 10 minutes from Irvine Meadow was rounded off by a brilliant back heel flick from Carson finding its way past the Shettleston goalie, coming from a brilliant bit of build-up play down the wing. 
Shettleston’s only real chance of the half came after a deadly cross caused all sorts of problems in the meadow box, with numerous blocks being made. Both defences managed to stay strong however, as a tight half ended 2-0 to Medda.

The second half began in stark contrast to the first, with Shettleston pressing the Meadow back line. They stayed resilient, which resulted in yet another tight half, with a lack of chances for either side. After several debatable decisions from the linesman ruled out some great opportunities, the third goal finally arrived. 
With Carson picking up a knock, Hannah replaced him in the heart of midfield, and it wasn’t long before his fresh legs caused problems for the away defence. After a powerful run, a late challenge from the Shettleston defender brought him down in the box for the second penalty of the match. With Carson off, McLennan was the man to take, sending the keeper the wrong way and netting Meadow’s third.
It was a spirited performance from Medda, with every player stepping up. They push on in hopes for promotion, with a massive game at Meadow Park against Girvan in two weeks’ time.

Meadow Line-up: 1) Newman 2) McLennan 3) McCrea 4) Strachan 5) Begley 6) Carson 7) Black 8) McKnight 9) Barbour 10) Boyd 11) Willet
Subs used: Muir for Barbour, Young for Boyd, Hannah for Carson
Match Sponsors MOTM – Chris McKnight
Fans MOTM – Ryan Begley
Next Match: League – Yoker(A)

Irvine Meadow 3 v 0 Shettleston. Robert Ritchie photos.

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup 1st Round
Saturday 25th March

Irvine Meadow 6 v 1 Craigmark 

Meadow Scorers: Browning 3, Barbour, Willet and Carson

Photos kindly provided by Gordon McCreath

Irvine Meadow 6 v 1 Craigmark. Gordon McCreath photos

Irvine Meadow Youth Speakers night 
Saturday 25th March
Cost £25
Starts at 6.30
3 course meal 
Auction with 4 ball at Dundonald and Glasgow warriors hospitality. 
Speakers include Niven Rennie, Bill Leckie and MC John Watson 
Please contact James on 07715 434351 to book your table /seats. Thanks!

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 18th March

Irvine Victoria 4 v 1 Irvine Meadow (Black)

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

After it was expected to be called off due to severe rain, derby day in Irvine continued as planned. With fans already debating whether the park was even playable, it looked to be an exciting game between the old rivals. New signing McKnight started on the bench with Young in the starting eleven, up front. Vics looked to grab only their second win this season, knowing anything could happen.
It wasn’t the start Meadow fans expected, as their team looked lost. It took only 5 minutes for Irvine Vics to take the lead, with a long ball down the line. With a cut back finding Anderson in space, his scruffy shot on the turn found its way past Newman. 
It was a quick response from Medda however, Young latching onto McLennan’s chip through, only to see his volley hit the post. Cripps came close shortly after, hitting a shot across goal to the opposite corner, but it was a good save.
Twenty minutes in, Black skipped past his man out wide, cutting inside and driving a shot into the bottom corner. It looked as if Meadow were going to go on and get another, but the game slowed down significantly, neither side having a real chance in front of goal for the rest of the half. 
It was all to play for after the break, with nothing between the two sides. Meadow started the same way they started the first half however, with Vics playing a long ball down the right of midfield, finding acres of space. A short ball through to David Adams saw him poke the ball under Shaun, giving Vics the lead once more.
Another long ball caught the defence out once again, this time falling to 9. As Newman slipped in the mud, the forward took full advantage and slipped the ball past him.  Now two goals down, Medda made 3 changes in quick succession, bringing Boyd, Willet and McKnight on. 
After only being on for a couple of minutes, McKnight hit the post with a freekick that curled around the wall. Boyd then drilled a ball across goal but it was just out of everyone’s reach. Meadow continued to dominate the play but failed to create any real danger in front of goal. 
With just under ten minutes to go, Vics caught Meadow on the counter, whipping a dangerous cross into the box. Newman came to collect but didn’t get enough on the ball, spilling it for Anderson to easily get his second of the game.
In what was one of the worst performances of the season yet by Meadow, it was a bitter defeat to take. With a home game at Meadow Park next week, they will look to get back on track with a win.

Meadow Line-up: 1) Newman 2) McLennan 3) McCrea 4) Strachan 5) Begley 6) Carson 7) Muir 8) Hannah 9) Cripps 10) Young 11) Black
Subs used: Boyd for Cripps, Willet for Muir, McKnight for Black
Next Match Ayrshire Cup – Craigmark (H)

Irvine Victoria 4 v 1 Irvine Meadow

Transfer News

Irvine Meadow can confirm the signing of midfielder Chris McKnight. Chris was previously at Cumnock and Troon.
We have also recently signed Joe Young from Saltcoats Victoria who is a young pacy forward player. We can also confirm signing of William Wells ex Maryhill and Cumnock, he is a wide midfielder or forward. Three additions to our team to help us push in busy schedule and important games over next three months.

Saturday  11th March 2017
McBookie West Region Super First Division

Clydebank 0 v 1 Irvine Meadow
                             (Carson penalty)

Photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie
and Gordon McCreath

Ben Carson celebrates the winner while the Bankies keeper kicks out at the post!
Photo by Robert Ritchie 

Meadow celebrating last minute winner v Clydebank
Photo by Robert Ritchie

Robert Ritchie photos

Clydebank 0 v 1 Irvine Meadow ‎‎(Robert Ritchie pics)‎‎

Gordon McCreath photos

Clydebank 0 v 1 Irvine Meadow ‎(Gordon Mccreath photos)‎

 Saturday  4th March 2017
West Region Super First Division

Irvine Meadow 1 v 0 Blantyre Victoria (Boyd)

 Match Photos kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie

Irvine Meadow 1 v 0 Blantyre Vics. Robert Ritchie photos

Match Photos kindly provided by 
Gordon McCreath

Irvine Meadow 1 v 0 Blantyre Victoria ‎‎(Gordon Mccreath photos)‎‎

Team Development Draw 

Team Development Draw

This will replace the 100 Club where we currently have 64 supporters paying £10 per month to support the team. The newly revamped team development draw all money raised will go towards strengthening our first team squad. There is also a Monthly prize of £50 per month. All supporters also get 1 share for each £50 they contribute. We would like to encourage supporters to take part in the team development draw to help provide an increased budget for our management team for next season to further improve our squad.

If you are already in the 100 Club your £10 per month standing order will continue and you now have the chance to win £50 each month. It is hugely important if as many supporters can join the draw and support the team. 
We are aiming to get 100 supporters to join by end of the season so please spread the word.

Support the Meadow!

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
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Sandy Dean
Stacey Rodgers

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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)