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Warren O'Connor Sticky

Jan
31

We are extremely saddened to announce the tragic death of one of our longest-serving players, Warren O’Connor, on Thursday. 

Warren has been with the club for 20 years, and during that time has played for every men’s team, including a long period with the first team. He was also a former club-trainer.

Warren was one of our most popular players, rarely seen without a smile or a big grin on his face. Even when he was injured, he was frequently to be seen at pitch-side cheering on his teammates.  

Some of us have lost a valiant teammate, many more of us have lost a loyal friend who has been close to us for 20 years.

We at FC Irlande offer our deepest sympathies to Warren’s family, especially to Shannon,his daughter, his two brothers, Sean and Gavin, also FC Irlande players, his sister Carragh, and his brother-in-law Alan, also an FC Irlande player. We will be planning an appropriate celebration of Warren’s unique contribution to FC Irlande in the coming days. Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly

This is one of the saddest days in the Club's history .

 

 

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Chilly Day at Nossegem and the results matched the weather (Games 25/1) Sticky

Jan
25

With a good set of supporters at the ground atmosphere was expectant as the 1sts took the field against runaway leaders Brussels British.

Coming off a bad run of 3 straight losses the 1sts were hoping to put up a good performance . The game started brightly and the match was  fairly even until they broke away and scored the opener after about 20 minutes. Another before the break and the Brits went in 2-0 at HT. We were  playing well but not creating many scoring opportunities. In the 2nd half we competed well and were close to pulling one back but after a bout of pressure they scored again with 10/15 minutes left and effectively that was game over. We continued to push and were rewarded with a clear penalty but this was missed and the game finished 0--3. There were 2 red cards one for them and one for us but the game was played in a good spirit and we wish them well in their quest to win the ABSSA title. 

2nds also played against Brussels British and this was also a good evenly matched game for the spectators to enjoy. Although we played well in the 1st half with Stevie W hitting the bar after a good run we fell behind i and went in at the break 1-0 down. Kieran was introduced early in the 2nd half and it was he who got us a penalty. Ollie stepped up and put it in the corner and we were all square. Shortly afterwards  Ollie sneaked in at the far post to head us into the lead. With 5 to 10 minutes left to go we were in control and looking good to take the 3 points. Unfortunately then we suffered what can only be described as an injustice. Wouter made a great clean tackle in the box to put the ball out for a corner or so we thought !! . Referee thought otherwise and awarded a penalty much to our amazement. The guy stepped up and missed and the ball was cleared much to our great relief only for the referee to bring the play back and order the penalty to be retaken due to an infringement . Against the rules another player took over the penalty duties and this time  he slotted it in and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. 

3rds had no game but a couple of the 3rd Team players turned out for the 4ths who were hoping to continue their good run and push on for that promotion spot. Unfortunately it wasn't our day as we were hit by 2 well worked goals and lost the game 0-2 which has dealt a heavy blow in our quest to go up. Next week we will have to get the ball rolling again if we are to stay in contention.

Vets 1 are also on a promotion puch being in a group of 4 teams only separated by 2 points . With 9 games left it will be an exciting finish. The team was hit by the absence of skipper Mark and Stevie B who pulled out just a few hours before the game. The game stated well and it was fairly even with Chris having to pull off a very good save to keep us from going behind. Midway through the 1st half we were able to witness one of the goals of the season when we took the lead. Inside his own half Christian picked up the ball and after going past a couple of players found himself with a clear run to goal just over the half way line. Running on unchallenged for 40 to 50 metres  he then fired it in the net past the goalkeeper. A truly memorable goal. Not long afterwards we scored a second through an own goal and just before half time Sean added a thid to leave us 3-0 at the break. To their credit Metrasport did not give up and played some pretty decent football and competed.well thoughout the 2nd half. We missed a couple of good chances to put them out of reach but they scored about 10 minutes from the end to make the final score 3-1. This was a good result and keeps us well placed for the final push. In the results from the other games New Inn surprisingly could only draw against lowly Tourinnois so we are even closer to the top. Go on guys let's win this !!

Vets 2 started well in the 3rd game against Brussels British opposition and were 2-1 up at the break. Game was pretty evenly matched but we looked strong enough to take the 3 points but 2 late goals (1 of them an unfortunate own goal) saw us lose the lead and the match ended 2-3 .  A good performance and our results show that the team is improving overall.   .  

.The Ladies game on Friday night was postponed.      

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25th Anniversary June 6 - 8, 2014 Sticky

Jan
22

Draft program has been published for the weekend's events. Please check the Latest Info on the Home Page.

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Fine series of results, despite firsts loss (away games 18/1/2014) Sticky

Jan
18

It's January 18th. It's not supposed to be sunny and 13 degrees. But it was. Lovely day to play football, and several of our teams got fine results to match the weather, most notably our two teams involved in promotion races, Vets1 and 4ths.

The firsts lost 2-0 to Jefke, we’ve now had 3 consecutive defeats, which isn’t the perfect preparation for our game next week at home to runaway unbeaten league leaders Brussels British. Worse is that we lost Sigve with a muscle-tear that is probably season-ending, which is both annoying for him and frustrating for Darragh as he tries to field a team with an ever-dwindling roster. RBB won again today and are now 11 points clear of 2nd place La Lorraine, who lost.

Seconds drew 1-1 with 3rd place Le Clan. 1-1 was a fair result. In a very flat division, we’re only 7 points out of 2nd place, but only 5 points above the relegation zone – so a few wins would be dead handy.

Turds got a great 1-2 win away to 4th place No Boys – which means we overtake them and move up to 5th. No Boys went ahead after 30 seconds, but after that we dominated the game. However, we just couldn’t find the target for the rest of the first half. In the 2nd half, Rodrigo (MOTM for an inspired performance all game) finally got us the equalizer with a fine finish after Pat held the ball up beautifully for him … Pat himself got the winner after rounding the keeper, bundling ball and a defender into the net. Pablo was outstanding on the wing, and Davide, in his last game before his transfer to Singapore Utd., also had a great game. Onwards and upwards.

The fourths won 0-3  - and since the team below us, Black Star, forfeited their game, we’re now 5 points clear of the 3rd place team, which is now Goalois. Leaders Terveuren will not be caught, they’re a further 10 points ahead having only two draws and no defeats all season, but there are two promotion spots available, so this is definitely getting interesting for Manu and his team.

The first Vets got yet another win. We missed a lot of chances, but finally the ever-reliable Stevie put away the one goal we needed to beat struggling Chiefs Kapelleveld. We move up to 3rd, two points behind both Ambience Auderghem and New Inn, although New Inn have a game in hand. We pass Longchamp, who lost to 5th place Metrasport. It’s all to play for in this division, and we are definitely the form team. In fact, we lost our first two games of the season; since then we’ve had ten wins, one defeat and two draws. Mark was the captain who brought the first into division one for the first time - can he repeat the feat and bring our First Vets into Vets division one for the first time?

The second vets lost 1-0 to top-of-the-table Le Clan in a game where we felt we deserved at least a draw. The difference was a twice-deflected shot in the first half, but also we had three or four excellent chances to score and we didn’t take them. In fairness, Le Clan also created chances, and Laurent made one great save from a close-range header. But overall our defense was excellent, led by MOTM Paul Skehan, who brought along a personal cheering section which drowned out the opposition fans with their constant shouts of "well done dad!" and "woof!" ... still, frustrating to come away with nothing after playing well.

Ladies play tomorrow away to Tongerlo. After about 723809 facebook messages, I think we have finally figured out who is giving whom a lift to the game, hopefully everyone makes it. Supporters are very welcome too!

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

Jan
11

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

Dec
21

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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