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FC Irlande Ladies in Cup Final (!!!) Sticky


A 4-1 lead from our home leg augured well, but going to play the away leg in Wakkerzeel with only 11 players of whom several were best described as "walking wounded" meant that nothing could be taken for granted.

However, the 11 heroines came through with a historic 1-3 win on the night, and brought us to our first ever KBLVB cup final - amazing to think that this team which has been only a few years competing at all has a chance to get the club some silverware - huge credit due to Anna and all the players - and even Paddy :) - ..

On the night, the scoring was opened by Clelia, and Pauline and Virginie also scoring, but the victory was about all 11 players who put their hurting bodies on the line to achieve this monumental result.

In all likelihood the final will be against our great rivals British United, who are leading after the first leg of their semi-final. That will certainly be a match for the ages, hopefully with both teams at full-strenght!

The men's teams have no games this weekend.

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Fourths Clinch Promotion with Glorious Victory (Away Games 22/3/14) Sticky


FC Irlande Fourths Today confirmed promotion in the most glorious way possible, with an away win against the champions-elect Terveuren. Having deservedly taken the lead in the first half through captain Manu, we were holding on well, creating as many chances as Terveuren, and looking good for the win when, with 10 minutes to go, the (otherwise excellent) referee gave a penalty against us for a foul neither we nor the opposition even noticed. 1-1. But then with 5 minutes to go, John Sparks won the ball on the sideline around mid-field, went on a weaving run past about three defenders and lashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net, before sprinting to the fans and being jumped on by the entire team. We held on for the final 5 minutes, albeit needing one fine save from Laurent, who had a brilliant game, as did the whole team.

Our midfield of Emanuele, John, Cesar and Mihael pressed Terveruen every time they got the ball and forced countless mistakes, while when we had the ball we played a Barcelona-esque passing game .. Our defense of Hendrik, Luca, Mark and Joel gave nothing away against a very skillful side playing on their home astro pitch, which normally is a big advantage to them. Up front Manu, Simone and Jean-Gab ran tirelessly and created many breaks and chances – we could have scored more – but in the end we got enough. Laurent, one of the original fourths, and today on loan from Vets 2, standing in for Antonio, was very solid behind the defence and made a couple of vital saves.

Fans at the game, played in glorious sunshine, included the current and former club-presidents, both remarking that this team was playing fourths football in a manner unknown to traditional fourths teams.

The lads responsible for this phenomenal win and this amazing season – where we’re now 10 points clear of the 3rd place team with two games to go!! – include: Antonio, Laurent, Luca, Emanuele, Mark, Joris, Simone, Cesar, Jean-Gab, Hendrik, Joel, Mihael, Yannick, Hadrien, Dani, Hakim, John and of course Captain Formidable Manu. We started the celebration with a tray and then a crate of beer and champagne – and that was all before showering – celebrations will continue at the Hairy or the Funky Monkey before probably incorporating Le Corbeau and (hopefully not, but probably) Celtica.

After the game, this reporter frantically searched among the fans to see if anyone had managed to capture the John Sparks winning goal on video. The best we could get was this – the colours are a little bit distorted by the sun’s glare: . Dave has posted a team-photo on the homepage too.

While the fourths celebrated, there were some disgruntled voices in the clubhouse. Founding members of the fourths, like Alan N, Kieran and Brian Mahon were said to be appalled that the current team seemed to have no regard for the tradition of fourths’ mediocrity that had taken years to build. Alan R, captain of the fourths team that famously lost 15-3 and author of the quote “not many teams who concede 15 manage to score 3” was too dismayed to comment. Des Hackett, recently returned to Brussels, was quoted as saying that if the fourths were going to start winning, he was going to play for Vets 2 instead. There are likely to be several motions at the AGM condemning this bastardisation of “fourths football” … watch this space as the controversy continues.

Other results today didn’t go our way, as you can see above.  The firsts’ had another disappointing loss today. The seconds and thirds both put in good performances and deserved to get something out of their games, but it just wasn’t our day. The seconds had a narrow 1-0 defeat, but with Eskimoos’s game “non joue’”, we’re still not mathematically certain of avoiding relegation. We need to get one point, or we need them to drop one point. The turds lost 3-2 in a game in which a few vital decisions went against us. The first vets promotion challenge finally came to an end when Ambience Auderghem won again and we didn’t – they are now 9 points ahead of us with 2 games to go. Effectively even before today we’d needed a miracle collapse by Auderghem, and it didn’t happen. Vets two played away to leaders Tubifoot who needed to win to stay first, they best us 2-0. It marks the end of a 4-game winning streak, but even then, with the weakened squad and having lent our goalie to the fourths, 2-0 away to the league-leaders isn’t a disgrace.

The Ladies were home to rivals British United, a match made all the more interesting by the fact that we two are both leading after the first legs of our cup-semi-finals, and there’s a real chance we’ll meet each other in the KBLVB cup final! We went down 0-2 in the first half with BU dominating, but then a sterling 2nd half comeback, inspired by the return of the legendry Kajsa, saw us bring the score back to 2-2 (two goals by Virginie, one of them a typical run in which she beat several players before scoring). At this point we had some great chances to take the lead, but a phenomenal save by the BU goalie and later the woodwork denied us. And then BU scored (for the second time) from a corner in the dying minutes to claim a 2-3 win. Disappointment all round, but a great second half to be proud of, hopefully we can convince Kajsa to play more often.

The second leg of the cup semifinal is on Friday evening, it would be great to get some fans along to cheer the Ladies into our first ever cup-final. Kick-off is at 20.15 – location details will follow.

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4ths gain Promotion in fantastic game against League Leaders Tervuren Sticky


Brilliant performance as 4ths beat Tervuren 2-1 to gain promotion to Div 4 next season. The Team was really M.O.M. although John Sparks got the individual award for his great winner 5 minutes from time 

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Fourths and Vets get vital wins in Promotion Battles (Home Games 15/3/14) Sticky


Today was our last home day of the regular season – we’re back on April 5th for some remised games. Three of our teams played La Lorraine, and two played New Inn. A few very exciting games, including a great comback by the 2nds, a vital 2-1 by the 4ths and a 1-0 win to keep their 4-game winning-streak alive by Vets 2. Vets 1 gave a demonstration of awesome football, demolishing a New Inn team who a few weeks ago was effectively in first place by 5-0.

The increasingly decimated firsts, with Darragh missing and leaving stand-in captain Karl as possibly the only remaining player from last season, hosted a strong La Lorraine team and were well beaten 0-3. It’s frustrating, but this is a quality league, and now that we’re missing many of our quality players, we’re starting to realise how good the other teams are. La Lorraine have been in the top three nearly every season since we’ve been in this division, they and RBB are the two teams that we look to emulate in terms of consistent excellence. We’ll be back up there next season!

RBB won again today, 7-0, and they are chasing the abssa record for the most points ever in a season. British United won again in Division two, while their rivals New Inn lost, so now they are 4 points clear with 3 games to play, and hopefully will join us and RBB in Division 1 next year.

The seconds, playing with a weakened team as a few of their players had to go to help the weakened firsts, went down 0-2 but, inspired by the presence of Vets 2 regular Matt Graves, an emergency eleventh man, fought back to get a 2-2 draw. Even though we’re below midtable, we’ve only lost 8 of 23 games, and there is definitely a fighting spirit in this team, which we saw at the end of last season and all this year. We are almost but not quite mathematically safe as Eskimoos lost today – one more point will guarantee safety, and we’ll get that next week.

The turds played New Inn, just above us in the table. We’re suffering from the cascading effects of all the firsts’ absences, while at the same time not wanting to take players from the fourths during their promotion charge. A decent first half, but three goals conceded in the second led to a 1-3 defeat. We stay healthily in the top half of the table and things look good for next season.

The fourths had a huge game against 5th place La Lorraine, and we got a magnificent 2-1 victory, holding onto the 2-1 lead under pressure from La Lorraine during a tense finish. We stay 9 points ahead of Black Star with three games to go, so it looks like the second promotion spot is between us and Emirdagspor. I say “looks like” because Emirdagspor now have two games classed as “arrete’”, the latest happening today. For these games we have to wait for the Abssa committee to investigate why the match was stopped – they could award anything from a forfeit to one team or the other (usual) to having the match replayed or even having both teams declard to have lost 5-0. To put it mathematically, our lead over Emirdagspor is 8 +/- 3 points – anything from 5 to 11. We have to assume that it’s only 5, which means we need to get 5 points from our last three games to be sure of promotion. And one of our last three is against Terveuren, already champions but still a very tough match .. realistically, we may need to win the other two matches. So we’re not home and dry yet.

The two Vets teams today showed the youngsters how football should be played. The first vets dominated a New Inn team were one month ago was in pole-position to gain the one promotion spot available into division one, but who have now dropped 6 points and appear to be out of it. Stevie scored three or four of the goals with his usual deft finishing – when he does it, it looks so easy, we all wonder why we can’t all score 30 goals a season. The goal of the game, though, came from a pass from Stevie to Mark, who hit it first time with the outside of his right boot into the top corner – from his reaction even he was impressed – amazing finish. After the game Mark was quoted as saying “when you get a pass from Stevie in the box, you’d better score, because it doesn’t happen often” :) Ambience Auderghem won again to stay 6 points ahead of us – we have to hope they slip up in two of their last three games – Mark will be practicing his Alex Ferguson psyching Kevin Keegan moves – but we stay second, a point above Longchamp, and this season we’ve shown that we’re good enough to get to the top division, even if it doesn’t happen this year.

The second Vets now have a 4-game winning streak going after a tense 1-0 win against La Lorraine. In the first half they were very unlucky when a header hit the bar and dropped just in front of the line, but in the second half Pietro took a pass just inside the box and slotted a great finish into the far corner to score the only goal. A very competitive but sporting game, these guys play in the spirit that football should be played – today they were unlucky not to equalise on a couple of occasions, but on the other hand we could have scored a few more too, especially in a few 3 on 2 or 2 on 1 breaks where we just didn’t get the passing or the final shot right. Were it not for points dropped early in the season for paperwork issues, we would be in a tie for fifth place – this for a team that people thought would never survive when Antonio started it last season.

The Ladies game today was postponed, but several of them were spending the day preparing some amazing food for the St. Patrick’s Day event in the park tomorrow – I hope everyone can make it along to enjoy a wonderful sunny afternoon of Gaelic sports, football (soccer), lots of fun activities for children including bouncy castle, face-painting and obstacle courses running all afternoon, live (mostly) Irish music on a new stage, delicious food including fish and chips, cakes, sandwiches, Tayto, chocolate, …, and a full selection of beverages including Guinness on tap, Sangria, hot-whiskeys and all sorts of great things.

And then, just when you thought the weekend couldn’t possibly get any better, there was the rugby …  (which explains why this is being posted a little later than usual …)

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Glorious Sunshine, 4ths looking good for promotion (away games 8/3/14) Sticky


On International Women’s Day, the big game of the day should have been the derby FC Irlande Ladies away to British United Ladies. But that game was postponed. First Vets didn’t have a game and so their title challenge has to wait for another week. The other five teams got to play on a glorious, 20C sunny afternoon.

The firsts gave away a couple of early goals to MTM, and then despite hitting the post twice they just couldn’t get back in the game. At this point, it is the “firsts” only in name, so many of the regular first team players are unavailable, and we don’t want to be pulling the best players from other teams who still have important things to fight for. Euan, up from the 2nds, was MOTM and was one of those who hit the post. British United stay a point ahead of New Inn in Div 2 (both won today) and are still looking good for promotion to the top division.

The seconds played undefeated champions elect Amicale Enghien and were robbed of at least a draw by some very strange refereeing decisions by the home-team appointed ref, including a non-existent penalty to Enghien (we don’t even know what it was supposed to be for!). Now that we’ve guaranteed safety, we can take some pleasure in the moral victory of having shown we’re good enough to compete with the best team in the division, but still frustrating to get nothing for the performance. Eskimoos did get a 1-0 win so they remain 8 points behind us, meaning we still need some more points to guarantee safety.

The turds did get something, a great 0-6 win, with Piet and Daniel scoring twice each, and Pablo and Mark (peno) getting the other two. Ballon Molenbee could have passed us with a win here, instead they’re now 5 points behind us.

The fourths were playing one of our two main promotion rivals, Black Star, and got a huge 1-2 win. Luca Ceci had an amazing game with two assists and two amazing defensive stops, and Louis got the winning goal. Black Star are pretty much out of it now – 9 points behind us with three games to go, and Emirdagspor only drew today - they are still a danger – 8 points back but with a game in hand. Still, a couple more wins should seal it for us.

Ambience Auderghem won again, and are now 9 points ahead of Vets 1 in Vets Div 2 … Longchamp and New Inn drew 2-2, which means we can guarantee at least second place by winning the rest of our games, but we need Ambience to drop 6 points in their run in if we are to catch them – seems like a tall order, but they do have a match against New Inn to come. Stranger things have happened. A perfect finish would also guarantee us the second highest points total in Div 2 – higher than the winners of the other division 2, so we’d be the best second-team in the event an extra team goes up.

Vets 2 got a great 1-4 win to keep our winning streak alive – Mark put us ahead, but it took a great save by Laurent to keep us ahead before Carlos got the second. In the second half, a combination of some great saves, tenacious defense and break-away goals by Mark and Carlos again saw us 0-4 ahead, before we conceded a late goal. Mark and Laurent were joint MOTM’s, ensuring that the post-match beers took full advantage of the wonderful sunshine.

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Website Info Sticky


We are always seeking to improve our website so please keep those comments coming in.

Recently you may have noticed that when clicking some links it opens it up in a new tab. This has been done to external links such as the DH tables website and clicking on the Abssa logo down the right hand side.

On another note please go to the FC Irlande photo album and help us classify the photos by providing us with information in the individual photo's comment section. As you can see there are 3 albums of undated photos, "On the pitch", "Off the pitch" and "Team Photos".

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