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MATCHES OFF (9TH NOVEMBER) Sticky

Nov
08

ABSSA have announced a Remise Generale. All matches on Saturday are postponed.

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Virginie strikes gold again in another FCI Ladies rout in the Cup Sticky

Nov
06

For the 2nd time this season Virginie scored 8 goals in a game as FCI Ladies beat HOT Ladies 10-0 in the Cup. Aline and Geani scored the other goals.  This puts Virginie on 18 goals for the season. What a performance !! 

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Spectacular Goals Galore Send Irish fans home happy (home games 2/11/2013) Sticky

Nov
02

Another wonderful day at Nossegem with four victories from 5 games, three goal-of-the-season contenders and ending with the stands full cheering the turds to a dramatic come-from-behind 5-3 victory. And a few best-not-described 36-hour-old moustaches for the club’s movember charity action … But let’s begin with the firsts.

The firsts were playing newly promoted MTM, who have made a strong start to the season and are a quality outfit. They had us in quite a bit of trouble early on, and two goalline clearances by MOTM Karl were needed to prevent them from scoring. But Sigve got a goal before halftime to give us the lead. In the second half, with the wind now at our backs, we were well in control and with three more goals by Stepan, Sigve and Neil, we ran out 4-0 winners. A good win, but the scoreline does not do justice to MTM who were well in the game.

The seconds were playing Enghien Amicale, the runaway leaders with 9 wins from 9 games and 30 goals scored with only 8 conceded. They brought along a band of supporters which gave the game a great atmosphere. And they proved as good as their record would suggest, running out convincing 1-4 winners against our on-form seconds. Barring disasters, their promotion should be a formality. However, all was not lost for us, as we got to celebrate one moment of magic from legendary ex-captain Rich who received an awkward ball 35m from goal, controlled it first on his left knee, then on his right knee and then let fly with a spectacular volley into the corner that the goalie could only gaze at in wonderment.

With Vets 1 having no game, the turds played on the top pitch in front of all the fans – with all the other teams staying around to watch. If our objective was to make a case that weshould play on the top pitch every week, we couldn’t have done any better, with an 8-goal thriller which left the crowd in awe. Playing Ballon Molenbeek, who started the day a point above us in 4th place, we started well with a goal that, on most weeks, would have made the highlight reel – a lovely cross in from the right from Marc and a first time volley into the far corner from 15m out by Stephane. But Ballon equalised with a looping header from a corner which when into the top corner over the despairing leap of defender and goalie. Literally the only spot the ball could have gone in – but fair play, it was a good header. Ballon then took the lead with a lovely 25m shot into the top corner that we could only admire … and 5 minutes before the half they made it 1-3 with a spectacular free from the left corner of the box which also flew into the top corner, taking advantage of the strong wind. They had literally had three shots on goal, but all three had been perfect and they were leading 1-3. Already more than enough for two match of the day highlight reels in this game, and it wasn’t even half time. In fact, we hadn’t even seen the best goal of the half, which came a couple of minutes before the break when Piet latched onto a loose ball and lashed a dipping half-volley, against the wind, into the top corner, to give us hope for the second half. In the second half, we created a ton of pressure but combinations of near misses, saves and poor finishing were keeping us 2-3 down. Until the ball came out to Rafa about 25m from goal after a corner. He juggled the ball once and then hit probably the goal of the day – which today was really saying something – it flew into the top corner like an arrow with the goalie helpless. 3-3. We knew we could go on and win this now, but Ballon were also still trying to win. We had a couple of nervous moments, they may have it the bar, we almost scored an own goal, but we looked like we could score everytime we went forward. And now we brought on a secret weapon, 4ths Captain Manu, who for some reason hadn’t played for the 4ths this week. The first time he got the ball, he broke from the half-way line on the right. With Joaquin yelling at him to pass and Elena yelling at him to shoot, he chose to pass and sent a perfect ball across the box where an inrunning attacker, who shall remain nameless, contrived to shoot wide. Next time, realising that maybe Elena was a better source of advice, he broke from the same position, with a bit more space this time, ran straight for goal and finished beautifully around the goalie into the near corner. The game wasn’t over yet, but soon we got a 5th, from another break, with Manu this time set up for an easy tap-in to make it 5-3. Great win, great match and full credit to both teams and to the referee. I think everyone would love to play in a game like that every week!

The fourths also played a huge game, against black star Genval, who are one point below us in 4th place. This was a very different game, but thankfully the result was the same. We got the only goal of the game through Adrian and played a very solid defensive game to keep them from scoring. This win puts a gap of four points between the top three teams (including us) and Black Star, who stay 4th – the promotion battle is hotting up!

You’re probably thinking that we’ve described all the noteworthy goals when the only team left is the 2nd Vets. But far from it. We were playing another big game, against Chenois, level with us on points. They obviously played a very attacking brand of football, scoring an average of more than 2 per game, conceding about twice as many. When they lined out with 4 attackers, we started to understand why – especially when we saw how skillful their captain was. Both teams had early goals ruled out for questionable offsides, but the game was played in a very sporting spirit. The we took the lead thanks to a beautiful sweeping passing movement, with Ken C playing a lovely ball into Pietro who got to the byline and laid the ball across for Dave to finish neatly. Lovely goal and another reminder that no matter how often Dave scores, he’ll still only be the second-oldest goal-scorer ever thanks to Ian McConnell’s cracker last year at the age of 66 years and 8 months. But we consoled him in the locker room that he does have some records, like the oldest player called Dave to score for FC Irlande, or the oldest president to score. Ian was on hand to witness the game and was seen laughing under his breath. We came close a few more times – Jacob, making a return after a long haitus (in Denmark I presume) headed a corner against the post, while Alan Norton hit the bar with a cross – before Ken C scored a second from a long-range shot. 2-0 at the half. In the second half, we played into the wind but never really gave them a chance to get off a good shot due to some excellent defending from all eleven players. A highlight of the half for the purist was seeing Ken H skin a defender for pace on the right wing - it was truly like watching a slow-motion replay ... After a dodgy start, this is two wins and two clean-sheets in a row, things are looking up.

The First Vets had no game this week, while the Ladies play on Wednesday in the cup, so had no game this weekend.

All in all, another great day in Nossegem. The rain threatened but never came, the atmosphere was brilliant and the finish by the turds sent everyone home happy.

Next Monday, remember, special club-night at Auderghem with pasta after training, and maybe even a beer or two for those who are brave enough …

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Christmas Dinner - Saturday December 7th Sticky

Oct
29

This year we opted for a change of scenery and the dinner will take place in the fabulous Autoworld Brasserie in Parc du Cinquantenaire on Saturday 07 December.  
 
 
Please mark the date on your calendar and get ready to have some fun. More information on the menu and how to book later this week. 

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CLUB NIGHT AT AUDERGHEM Sticky

Oct
21

The Club will be holding a Pasta night in the Auderghem Clubhouse on Monday November 4th starting at 9.35 pm after Training. Free bowl of Pasta to all Club members.

Please complete the Doodle below if you wish to come along.

You can find the Doodle here: http://doodle.com/fytxhxfi9zt46rm8

The Doodle will be closed on Monday 28th of October so make sure you confirm your attendance by that date..

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Home Games 19/10/13 Sticky

Oct
19
  • FC Irlande 1 vs Coin du Balai                            1:2 (LOSS)        
  • FC Irlande 2 vs Trinacria AC                              1:0 (WIN)                                              
  • FC Irlande 3 vs Ent. Bleu Blanc                         3:2(WIN)          
  • FC Irlande 4 vs St. Georges                              1:0(WIN)          
  • FC Irlande Vets 1 vs Auderghem                       3:0(WIN)          
  • FC Irlande Vets 2 vs Watermael                        4:0(WIN)          
  • FC Irlande Ladies vs Ladies Tremelo              0:4 (LOSS)        

This week’s report is a bit less detailed than usual due to the fact that both our journalists are out of the country, and we probably should have warned the captains to email or text updates as they do for away games. Added to this is a problem accessing the abssa website ..

The firsts’ poor series of results continued with a 1-2 loss to Coin du Balai. Not a bad performance, with another goal by Sigve, but the result once again went against us, and additionally we lost Fred and MOTM Charles to injury, which makes our current midfield injury problems even worse.

The seconds won 1-0, in a game that was closer than it should have been, but a win is a win.

The turds got a great 3-2 win with a hattrick from Mark. Twice we took the lead and twice Bleu Blanc equalised, the first time with a non-existent penalty. But with two minutes to go a determined Mark got the winner that we deserved to give us the three points.

The Fourths got another win to maintain our challenge for promotion. Against a team that had a mix between young and aged players we started strong. But due to a lack of accuracy we couldn't score before half time. With some outbreaks here and there St Georges could have had a goal as well, but luckily their striker wasn't sharp today either.  In the second half we were all over them and pushed for crucial corners that made us a bit more dangerous in their box. Finally on a corner by Jean Gabriel we managed to get the ball in the net (don't ask me how). We fulfilled the objective of the day and took the 3 points with a 1-0 win.

The first vets continued our march onwards and upwards with a 3-0 win.

The second vets too took full advantage of the absence of the current president and his predecessor to record our first win of the season with an impressive 4-0 scoreline. A strong team (with captain of the day Terry back from an injury) had a solid game, with 2 goals from MOM Carlos in the first half. Five minutes in the second half the other striker, Michael scored the 3-0. Watermael ended the game with ten men (there was no ref for the game and one of their guys whisteled the game). Farid (back after 6 weeks suspension, celebrated his comeback with the 4-0 from a free-kick.

The Ladies lost 0-4 to Ladies Tremolo, one of the consistently strong teams.

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