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Results  W/E 24/02 Score Date - Time
Brussels British 1 vs FC Irlande 1    24/02/2018 14:00
Pharma 2 vs FC Irlande 2     24/02/2018 15:30
Breu United vs FC Irlande 3     24/02/2018 15:30
Ixelles City vs FC Irlande 4       24/02/2018 13:30
Metrasport vs FC Irlande Vets 1     24/02/2018 14:00
Brussels British 6 vs FC Irlande Vets 2      24/02/2018 14:00
FC Irlande Ladies 1 vs Chastre B       24/02/2018 17:30
FC Irlande Ladies 2 vs Fem Woluwe C      24/02/2018 19:30
Next Fixtures W/E   02-03/03 Date - Time
FC Irlande 1 vs ITT Gecko 1  03/03/2018 12:30
FC Irlande 2 vs J.A.F.T. 03/03/2018 14:00
FC Irlande 3 vs Friends Spirit 03/03/2018 12:30
FC Irlande 4 vs Nivelles AS 1 03/03/2018 14:00
FC Irlande  Vets1 vs Brussels LTC 6 03/03/2018 15:30
FC Irlande  Vets2 vs Brussels LTC 8 03/03/2018 15:30
Perwez vs FC Irlande Ladies 1    02/03/2018 20:00
BX Brussels vs FC Irlande Ladies 2   03/03/2018 19:30

Mixed, but overall positive day - Home Games 11/1/14 Sticky


Philosophers have debated for years whether 3 wins and 3 defeats constitutes the most average outcome possible, or whether it would be two wins, two defeats and two draws ... Depending on which side you take in this controversy, today’s men’s games at Nossegem were average or very average for the Irish. Three wins, three defeats. Thankfully the Ladies got a 3-0 win to make it an overall positive day.

The firsts lost 0-3 to 4th place Ambience Auderghem in a match the further demonstrates how difficult it is to compete against one of the top teams in the top division with half the squad missing or injured. Not a whole lot positive to report beyond an excellent MOTM performance by Cillian. If there is one positive angle to this result, it is that it puts in perspective the phenomenal performance in the cup by our 3rd/4ths cup-team, who pushed this team to the limit before losing 4-2 away the weekend before Christmas.

The seconds won 1-0 against La Lorgnette – the team directly above us, we’re now above them. A looping header from Stevie W and a cat-like reaction save by Slava were the difference between the two sides, although overall we played well and deserved the victory. Highlight of the performance was the return of Davy Barrett, proving he has neither lost any of his legendary intensity or dramatically changed his agricultural style of play during a year spent in a non-footballing nation (in Derby).

The turds were playing against top of the table Ihvan (12 wins from 13 games!) and we lost 1-4. However, the scoreline is misleading. With another legend, Pat Ahern, having returned to help out the team in times of need, we had probably the most dangerous attack in the division, and certainly the most svelte, with Pat playing up front and ably abetted by Mark, nominally on the left wing. After we’d had the most clearcut penalty of the season denied us (Piet was blatantly tripped while running through on goal), Mark scored on a great assist by Pat to put us 1-0 up. Another phenomanal assist Pat almost set up a second, and we were dominating. But Ihvan were good, and came close to equalising but a spectacular sliding block by MOTM Paddy saved a certain goal. We felt victory was well within our grasp. But we gave away a soft goal before the half when we didn’t clear a corner properly, and then we lost our two central midfielders, Rafa and Jelmer, within the space of a few minutes to injury. The second half started with chances at both ends and some fine saves from Mehdi kept the scores level, but then Ihvan scored a spectacular long-range shot. We were fighting for a equalizer when the game turned a few minutes later with a controversial sending off of Mark for an “incident” which occurred behind the ref’s back. Since he wasn’t even watching, it’s not clear what exactly he booked Mark for, unless Ihvan’s shouts are reason for a booking. For what it’s worth, he tried to block a clearance. But it was his second yellow, so he had to go. With 10 against 11 we actually kept creating chances, but had to leave space at the back and eventually we were caught by a break, making in 1-3. We still kept fighting and almost got a goal back before they got a fourth with a spectacular 35m drive into the top corner giving Mehdi no chance. It’s not often you come out of a 1-4 defeat with your heads held high, but this was a good performance and a exciting match for the fans.

Fourths lost 0-1 against 5th place Emirdagspor. We started the game as a dominant team but couldn't get a goal. Even after camping on their half we didn't manage to be clinical in front of the goal. We gave away a goal in the first half and lost the balance of the match. Even though we fought hard in the second half to come back, nothing seemed to work today. End result: 0-1. We stay in second place.

First Vets were home to league leaders Ambience Auderghem, and our 2-1 win leaves us just 2 points out of the lead, although one of the teams above us, New Inn, also has a game in hand. Anyone who saw the game to day – or even who saw the team-sheet, would know that we’re not only competitive for promotion but ready to play in Division 1. The core of the team is players who until a few years ago were playingon our first team (Chris J, Christian, Mark, David, Stevie) and the quality shines through. Auderghem are quality, yet in the second half, having gone in 0-1 down, we dominated, scored a couple of excellent goals through Mark and Christian, and could have scored more. It was never easy, but a deserved victory against the leaders is a sign of how far we’ve come.

The 2nd Vets, benefitting from the overall strength of the vets panel, were able to field a team that was not too different from the first vets team of a couple of years ago, and this combined with a home fixture against bottom of the league AEMA produced a very convincing 5-0 victory. Oscar scored 2, with Reinardt, Chris and Ken scoring the others.

The Ladies won 3-0 against Vera Girls Nijlen. We dominated all game. The opposition didn't have any chances, Mariana was seriously bored in the goal. But we had trouble scoring, even though we had all the best players on the pitch. But then defender Cate, who rarely shoots on goal, sent a shot from 25 meters beautifully past the goalkeeper and we were 1-0 up. It gave confidence and in the second half 2 goals by Virginie followed. WOTM is Cate. Great start of the second half of the season!. We are mid-table but with a couple of games in hand, we can still aim to repeat last season’s top-three finish.

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WINDY END TO THE SEASON Cup Matches (Weekend 21st December) Sticky


Only 2 Cup matches were played on the last weekend of football in 2013.

A 1sts squad were drawn at home in Nossegem against Green Devils  a team riding high in Division 4. Darragh had a good squad with a mix of 1st and 2nd team players and we started well enough but it was soon apparent that the wind would be the dominant factor in the game as controlling the ball became more and more difficult and with also having to play on the bottom pitch it  wasn't a recipe for good football. Nevertheless in a well contested game we took the lead in the 1st half with a flowing move involving Giorgios,Charles and the man who got the finishing touch Euan. Playing uphill against the wind it was proving difficult to break them down and we went in at half time 1-0 up. In the 2nd half we had a few chances and seemed to have the match firmly under control as they rarely threatened. However with just 5 minutes left a high ball into the area was inexplicably handled by Fred and they scored from the resulting penalty and the game ended 1-1 .

In the 2nd match of the day a team comprised of mainly 3rd team players with some 4th teamers were faced with the daunting task of playing Ambiance Auderghem from Division 1. This team had beaten our 1st team in the opening game of the season back in September. The 1st half saw us give a spirited acoount of ourselves and although it was clear that they had the more skilful outfit we had a great chance to open the scoring just before the break but it went narrowly wide. Half time 0-0.  In the 2nd half they had the wind at their backs and in the first 10 minues or so scored 2 goals to take firm control of the game, Keeping our spirits high we fought back and Virgil broke away down the left and cut in to score a fine goal. Within a few minutes though they scored another to make it 3-1 and they had other chances to increase the lead. Virgil came close to scoring again and the game ended 3-1.

This was a remarkable performance given that they had faced a team from a much higher division and everybody can take great credit from an excellent performance. Virgil deservedly won MOM with Mehdi not far behind. The game was also special in that one Club President started the game and another came on as sub after doing a stint as delegue for the 1sts at Nossegem.One for the record books !!


Happy holidays      

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Christmas Greetings Sticky


Best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy New Year  from FC Irlande

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Weekend Results 14th December (CUP) Sticky


With the league games now over this year the next 2 weekends will see  3 of our men's teams and our Ladies team in action in Cup competitions.

A combined 1st/2nd team played in the highest section of the ABSSA Cup competition and ran out 2-1 winners away to Ettekijs Champion from Div 2A. Darragh had assembled a strong squad and they began brightly against a determined side who were in Div 1 last year. We had most of the pressure and chances in the 1st half but just before half time Ettekijs attack threaded their way through our defence and scored in the corner. 1-0 down at half time.

We started the 2nd half strongly with Cillian and Sylvain driving us forward and it was no surprise when we equalised after 10 minutes . We then scored again to lead 2-1 and had a number of opportunities to kill the game off but failed to take them and they always looked quite dangerous on the break but we held on to win 2-1.

Scorers Cillian and Sylvain. Cillian deservedly won M.O.M. receiving a vote from every other team member. Next week 1sts play at home against Green Devils in the next Cup game  


Our second entry in the ABSSA Cup competition was a combined 3rd/4th team captained by Paddy Wall. Making a welcome return to action after over a year away was legendary goalscorer Pat Ahern.  Playing at home in Nossegem against Higgins,a 3rd Division side, we started strongly uphill against the wind and went into a 2-0 lead but were pegged back just before the break to go in 2-1 at half time. In the 2nd half  we dominated and had many chances to capitalise on our many chances but we shared the spoils with 1 goal to each side and the final score was a 3-2 victory. Very good performance. Goalscorers Mark,Pat and Jelmer. Mark receiving M.O.M. for a dynamic performance up front. Next week we play against Ambiance Auderghem away .which could be a very dificult game as they have 1 team in Div 1 and the other leading the Vets Div 2. Let's see what team they put out.


Our third entry was a combined Vets team . Playing at home against Gast from Vets Division 1  honours were even at half time with the score 0-0.. There was no further scoring in the 2nd half so the game ended 0-0.   

The Ladies team played against their perennial rivals British United in the KBLVB Cup at Auderghem. A poor 1st Half performance saw us go in 1-0 down at half time. We started the 2nd half brightly and had a few chances to equalise but couldn't convert them . The British added a 2nd to put us really up against it and then the killer 3rd goal 10 minutes from the end finished us off. Not one of our greatest displays. Final score 0-3. In the traditional penalty shootout in Cup games we were again found wanting and lost them by 5-2.



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CHRISTMAS DINNER 7th December Sticky


Great night at the Christmas Dinner which was held for the first time in the Autoworld Brasserie,Parc du Cinquantenaire. Over 100 Club Members enjoyed the party . Many thanks to Claudia and Manu who organised the event. Some of our captains in the party mood.

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Grainger disappoints on return, but Firsts hold on for 2-11 win (away games 7/12/2013) Sticky


The firsts had a great 2-11 win (don’t worry if you checked the abssa site, they have it backwards!).

These kind of scorelines always make the game look easy, but no game in this division is easy unless you make it so. In this case we went after them from the start and scored two very early goals which knocked the stuffing out of them. Then we continued pressing with some excellent passing to score 5 in the first half. Forestoise came out in the second half determined to show what they can do, and they got a goal back and were well in the game for 10 minutes before we got another which finally knocked the fight out of them. Some of the play was sublime with great movement along the wings exemplified in an amazing MOTM display by Giorgos and some great crossfield passes to find open men, most notably from Cillian. With the score at 1-8 (goals from Javier (2), Stepan (2), Giorgos (2), Sylvian, Cillian), captain Darragh decided to risk bringing on Ross for Stepan. Unfortunately Ross, not having played for several months, had lost his characteristic touch in front of goal, and apparently forgotten how to miss open goals like he always did in the good old days. His 15 minute cameo produced a hattrick of quality finishes, more to the amazement of his teammates than anyone else. Even another ex-captain Alec, observing from the sideline, was heard to ask “are you sure that’s Ross?” Ross's average of 3-goals/game when played as an attacker this season puts him in very exclusive company, this feat having only been equalled by the legendary Michael Hough who scored 6 in two appearances as a forward in the Championship-winning season.

The win moves us up to fifth, just two points out of third place. However, Brussels British won again, 7-0, and remain 14 points ahead of us, while La Lorraine also won to stay 8 ahead of us in 2nd place.

Seconds lost 5-1 away to Realistes Mexico – no details of this match are available, perhaps not surprisingly. However, although the football may have been ugly, the team itself looked great, not just because of the presence of Gorgeous George on the wing, but also because it was the first appearance of the new FC Irlande kit, sponsored by the Hairy Canary and the Funky Monkey, which all the teams will be wearing from early next year. We’re in a group of 6 teams within one point in the middle of the table – so both a high finish and relegation are within reach depending on how we manage the second half of the season.

The turds lost 0-1 in a tight game where we created a lot of chances but didn’t have a real striker to put any of them away. Not a bad performance overall, with everyone playing well and getting at least one MOTM vote, although Mehdi was the clear MOTM winner. We drop to 5th, two points out of 3rd place but well behind leaders Ihvan who have won 11 of their 12 games and look set to gain the one promotion slot available.

Fourths won again, 1-3, to move into second place in the table with Black Star Genval losing. We’re now in one of the promotion spots.We dominated the game from the beginning but missed a lot of chances during first half. Second half we started with the same pace and césar scored a great goal (assist from Emanuele). We continue to push and scored another great goal from Da Silva. 3rd one is for Yannick. After 3-0 we lost a bit of concentration and ltc scored one goal. Great win and second place!!

First Vets also won, 1-2, to get revenge for last week's defeat and move up to 5th, and interestingly, only 5 points out of the lead after 2nd placed Longchamp beat leaders Ambience Auderghem to move level with them on 28 points. We still have a chance to play both these teams, so if we’re good enough, we’re still well in the title race. The key to this victory was the Vets debut of David Martin - fantastic to see him back in great form after a long absence with a knee-injury - his presence has really given the team the belief that we can beat anyone and go on to win this league. David scored one goal and basically ran the game from centre midfield. I forget who scored the other. The key to keeping the score at 1-2 rather than winning by about 6 was the profligate finishing of the usually accurate Sean O'Connor.

Second Vets played very well against a top-quality opposition with a #10 who could probably play on our first (not first vets) team. We went down early to a goal he created and then our efforts to reply were twarthed when first Erwin headed a great cross by Terry against the post, and the Reinhard hit the bar from 20m. Finally we got back in the game with a wonderful team goal, Paul chipped the ball over the left back to the byline, Erwin got to it and chipped perfectly to the far post where Oscar won it in the air and headed back across goal into the far corner. We were well in the game until with 10 minutes to go the #10 got through again, beating our offside trap with pace and finishing with class. We had a couple of late chances to equalise but it just wasn’t our day.

The Ladies had no game today.

Next weekend we have no League games, but all our cup-teams (two seniors, one vets and ladies) play cup games.

Before that, we all adjourn to the Christmas dinner festivities which start in 20 minutes (hence my not waiting for more news of the missing games before posting this, and this possible also explains why some details haven't been sent!).

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