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Another mixed day: Home games 13/10/13 Sticky


Another lovely sunny day at Nossegem, but unfortunately too many of the Irish teams seemed to have been “inspired” by Ireland’s performance against Germany last night.

The firsts lost 1-3 to Manzah, our solitary goal coming from a penalty by Sigve, and Manzah fully deserved their victory on a day when we missed almost our entire starting midfield and it showed. In Division 1, Brussels British (6 wins from 6) and La Lorraine (5 wins and a draw) continued their strong starts and we’ll really have to turn things around fast if we’re to keep up.

The Seconds played well and did almost enough to win. A goal by Hans put us ahead and we held on until the end of normal time, then through the 1-2 minutes of injury time the referee might have added, but unfortunately Chenois went on to equalise in the 4th minute of “Fergie-time” that followed the normal injury time. Frustrating. The division has a very unusual look to it – one team with full points, one team with zero points then one with 6 and one with 11 points, and everyone else, including us, on either 10 or 7 points.

The turds played a very strong league-leading team, Bousval Genappe. We held them well and really deserved to get something from the game, but they got a very cheap penalty for an accidental handball with 10 minutes to go and that broke the deadlock. As we pressed forward to equalise, they got a second to give the score a flattering 0-2 appearance, and probably they just about deserved to win, but this was a very good performance by our turds and augurs well for our chances to finish near the top of the table.

The fourths came into the game as league leaders but lost disappointingly, also 0-2, against Cosmos Molenbeek. The game started as a battle. Cosmos Molenbeek brought intensity to us from the first minutes. We held a 0-0 at half time. Looking for more than a tie,  we lost focus in the back and conceded a first goal 20 minues before the end. After that we pushed a little bit more, but we couldn't get the accuracy on passes and shots. In the last minutes we conceded a penalty that just killed the game. 0-2 was the end result. ​We're now down to 4th.

The first Vets also played Cosmos Molenbeek, who were now top of the league, but two goals by Stevie in the first 10 minutes gave us a lead we wouldn’t relinquish. We could have scored several more in a dominant first half performance, but then we needed a brilliant penalty-save from Chris to keep the score at 2-0. In the second half neither team managed to score despite many chances, and Stevie even managed to miss a penalty just to show even he is fallible ..

The Second Vets had no game this week.

The Ladies played away last night, before Ireland played, and so were not affected. We went behind 1-0, but in the best possible response to going behind early, we came back to win 1-10. Virginie scored 8 of the goals, but insisted that the credit was to a fantastic team performance and some great assists from Carmen, Clelia, Kyri, Colleen and Petra.

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Ladies Team gain crushing victory with Virginie on fire Sticky


Ladies Team made the long journey into the countryside to play their late Friday night match but it was certainly well worth the trip as they ran out 10-1 winners against H.O.T. Ladies. Despite surprisingly going behind in the fist few minutes they came storming back with Virginie bagging 8 (EIGHT) goals. Club stats will be checked this weekend to establish if this is a Club record for any of our teams..


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Mixed Results (Away Games 5/10/2013) Sticky

  • Tourinnois    3-2    FC Irlande 1              
  • Trinquant     4-0    FC Irlande 2                                       
  • Karia            1-5    FC Irlande 3                                          
  • Chaumont    1-2    FC Irlande 4                                      
  • Longchamp  0-4    FC Irlande Vets 1                            
  • Ecussons      6-2    FC Irlande Vets 2                             

The firsts lost 3-2 to Tourinnois in a controversial game where, if my count is accurate, the opposition got four penalties (FOUR!) while Yann got sent off for two yellow cards with the second being his first foul of the game. Two of the penalties were re-takes after Darragh had saved the shot, and the first one should never even have been awarded. Bright spots were the half-volley from Stepan to open the scoring and an amazing shot from Javier which put us ahead 1-2.

The seconds just didn’t get it going at all today. We were well beaten, 4-0, and not a lot of positives to take out of the game, except that we need to avoid having off-days like this and get back to the form that saw us come into the game on a 2-game winning streak.

The turds got another great win, 1-5 against Karia. 5 goals from 5 different players, the highlight being a free into the top left corner from the outside right of the box. Mark got MOTM for a great performance with a goal, an assist and numerous problems for the opposition defense.

The Fourths moved to sole possession of first place in their division with a 1-2 win against. The game kicked off with great physicality.  But we responed well and kept on pushing their defenders.  Being unlucky in the finish we focused on our corners. On the 3rd one, hit by Emanuele Ceci, we scored the first goal through Conor Myers . In the second half they came back stronger and made us doubt. We conceded a penalty due to a late tackle in the 18 yards box. 1-1. But we woke up and pushed harder to get our 5th corner of the day. Again, we made sure the ball went in the back of the net. Only John Sparks could bring us the win and this goal was for his grandmother, who came to watch the game. We hope she is proud of the current 4th topscorer!

The first Vets played a great game against top of the league. We set the tempo and kept it throughout the whole game. We took the lead after missing a couple of good chances after a mazy run from Steve resulted in him firing in a shot which came back to Fraser who slotted home from edge of box. The second goal came just before half time when David took a great pass and calmy passed the ball past the keeper. Chris Jones showed what a top keeper he is by turning a lobbed shot over the bar just before the end of the half. 2 nil half time and we were comfortable. The second half saw us settle into the game and keep control of the match. We contained the opposition and scored a deserved 3rd goal with 20 to go. A run of pressure saw Steve have a stinging shot fom 25 out fantasticaly tipped over by the keeper...the resulting corner saw a great header palmed away. The ball was then pinged up by David and Sean powered home a fantastic header. We went down to 10 men shortly after as Ben Gannon hobbled off after a heavy challenge but still had something left. A ball out left from David saw Mark collect and turn a ball inside to Sean who returned the favour by playing the ball to slot home from just inside the box. In the end we beat the top of the league which is nice but next week we need to go out and do the same again as we now face the top of the league but now in the guise of Cosmos. In a couple of weeks people will be chasing us.Onwards and upwards!

The second vets also played away to top of the table. The game was closer than the score suggests. After going 1-0 down, Laurent saved a penalty to keep it close and then a great volley by debutant Max (voted MOTM) from a cross by Pietro got us back to 1-1 just before the half. But then we conceded almost immediately and conceded another just after the break. Carlos pulled one back but by then it was 4-2, and the opposition scored a couple more as we pressed forward. We hit the post twice and should have had a penalty, but overall they were the better team so no real complaints.

This week I can’t give any updates on the league positions as the abssa site is giving a error (“you are already connected”), but we do know that the fourths are leading their division and the other teams are all somewhere around mid-table, except possibly the second vets who are lower.

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A glorious day for the Irish at Nossegem. (home games 28/9/13) Sticky


The sun was shining and the football was free-flowing on a glorious afternoon for FC Irlande, after which we can say that our season is now truly on track.

The firsts recovered from last week’s disappointing result with an 8-0 win over newly-promoted Choule. A hattrick for Sigve and two assists, but only two MOTM votes – the MOTM 12 votes was new player Georgios who started his FC Irlande career with a hattrick – let’s hope it continues in the same vein – and so had to buy two rounds. Sylvain got another of those goals that only Sylvain gets, a volley from his own assist, and Stepan also got on the score-sheet.

The seconds also won, 2-1, for a second win in a row and now the season is really back on track. A good, gritty team performance, featuring the unusual selection of goalkeeper Nick outfield with Slava in goal. Goals from Villu and Hans got us 2-0 ahead, and the only point for improvement was that the team felt we should have closed it out then with a couple more goals – instead of which we let the opposition get back in the game and made the ending more nervous than it needed to be.

The turds got a great 2-0 win in an ill-tempered match. Davide scored a great shot from outside the box in the first half, and Mark scored a contender for goal of the season in the second half – after running for a through ball against the goalie, the ball as knocked behind him just outside the corner of the box. Knowing the goalie was off his line, Mark took one touch and swung a curling left footed lob over him and into the net to seal the win. Key to the win, though, was some very solid defending against a strong wind to hold onto the 1-0 lead for most of the second half, including a spectacular block by Rodrigo with goalie Danny beaten.

The fourths won 3-0, against weak opposition, but you can only beat the team that’s opposite you, and these three points ensure that we stay joint first with 10 points from a possible 12. Two goals by John Sparks and another by Jean-Gab. Emanuele had an assist.

The First Vets got a very enigmatic performance from Stevie, who started off with not converting what looked like an open goal, then missed a penalty, but then finished off a wonderful goal with a volley from a great ball in by Matt Graves – and then in the second half he took on a beat three players to get to the 6-yard box before rolling across for our excellent new player, Fraser, to finish. In between, Ideal Rangers also got an excellent goal, a first time volley from the edge of the box from a set-piece corner, making the score 1-1, and we’d scored a 2nd goal when David got past a mistimed offside trap and finished coolly to put us back ahead. Also of note was an excellent 1-on-1 save by Chris with the game still scoreless.

The Second Vets were not able to preserve the perfect day, losing 0-2. We fought hard but just couldn’t create any real chances. We defended well against a barrage of attacks, and conceded only a header from a very acute angle from a free-kick which Ken almost stopped, and a 30m drive which flew with the powerful wind into the top corner. Some consolation for the fans was a vintage MOTM performance by Paul Staunton and a rare appearance by Paddy Corr, replacing the injured Ibrahim at half-time.

The Ladies’ game was postponed this morning. In reality, we had the option of taking a forfeit since the opposition couldn’t muster a team, but since we’re here to play, we instead accepted their offer to reschedule for later in the season.

Finally, for those who may have missed it, Clare beat Cork 5-16 to 3-16 in yet another classic All-Irleand hurling final today. And on the subject of GAA, we’ve been asked to let you know that our good friends from Belgium GAA are hosting a “Race Night” next Saturday night, in our old home, de Valera’s. It’s a chance to bet on horses, drink jaeger-bombs with Spanish girls, fall off balconies (if you’re called Al) and all the usual GAA-party activities. Could be a good option to move to after our post-match drinks in the Hairy Canary next Saturday.

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Iwan's Great North Run Sticky


Congratulations to Iwan Williams ,1st Team player, who ran an amazing race in the Great North Run . Iwan has competed in many races over the past few years with many of them being for charitable causes. See link for more details.

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Mixed fortunes at Rosieres but a good day elsewhere! Away Games 21/9/13 Sticky



  • Brussels British    2-1    FCI Firsts (LOSS)
  • Brussels British    0-1    FCI Seconds (WIN)
  • Karakartallar         1-2    FCI Fourths (WIN)
  • Metrasport            3-4    FCI First Vets (WIN)
  • Brussels British    1-1    FCI Second Vets (DRAW)
  • HSV Tongerlo        6-0    FCI Ladies (LOSS)
  • FCI Thirds had a bye

Three of our teams played away to Brussels British. Three close games, resulting in a win, a draw and a defeat. Unfortunately the defeat came for the firsts, but we will still take a lot of confidence from this performance. After going in 1-0 down at the break, we got right back in the game and were rewarded with a penalty, neatly converted by Alvaro. 1-1. From there on, we were in the ascendancy, creating three or four very good chances and almost constantly attacking. On the day, though, none of the chances went in, and British scored on a rare second-half attack when a lone forward in the box was allowed to head in what seemed like a relatively manageable cross. We kept pressing but the equaliser wouldn’t come. Brussels British are now first, the only team with the maximum 9 points from the first 3 games. We have a win and two defeats but we’re getting back into our stride.

The Seconds, after two defeats, really needed a win today. Motivational emails by the captain, Nick, and motivational facebook postings by last year’s captain Rich, got the team in the right mood. It was always going to be a close, hard-fought game, and indeed there was only one goal – a header by that header and captain-for-the-day, Ollie. With Nick out injured, Eduardo played in goal and dealt capably with everything they could throw at us. 1-0 is never “comfortable”, but even at the end we were never reduced to frantic defending. This win gets our season back on track.

The other game at Rosieres featured the 2nd Vets. A 2nd Vets line-up which featured several faces familiar from first Vets teams of previous (and possibly in some cases, future) years: Robbie, Terry, Alan N, Pietro, Dave, Paddy Mac. The team gelled well and played very composed football. After a scoreless first half, we conceded early in the 2nd half, but got a lovely equaliser when Luuk finished a great throughball from Pietro. 1-1 it stayed, probably a fair result, although British may feel they could have scored a couple more were it not for several incidences of last-minute goal-saving from Antonio.

The fourths won away 1-2. From the first minutes we put pressure on them. Very organised and hungry for a win, we scored the first goal through John Sparks in the first half. We had a little bit more stamina, and their defence couldn't handle our assaults. This resulted to a goal from Emil Villumsen who just passed two defenders in the box and put the ball in the net cold-bloodedly. Although we were fitter (burpees!!!), we lost a tiny moment of focus and conceded a goal. The game ended 1-2. Another great win for a team that works hard during the week!

The first Vets, after two defeats, got a brilliant 3-4 win. The game was refereed by the opposition in the absence of an official referee. We went 2 up before half time. Dominated the half and created good chances which should have been put away. Took the lead after 20 with a perfectly floated ball from David Rubio on to the head of Stevie who rose at the back post to nod home. Shortly after, David again sprayed a great ball over the defence for Mark to run on to and take towards the keeper before tucking in right corner from edge of box.
They got a goal back early in the second half after a long ball to a player we thought was well offside. And then quickly afterwards a bullet header from a corner made it 2-2.
Again we dug deep and a ball from Fraser saw Steve turn his marker and race throgh on goal scoring with aplomb. 2-3. But then with 3 minutes to go the ref gave a soft penalty as their player blasted from short range a shot which hit Carlos in the stomach but grazed his arm which was tight to his body. 3-3. But in the last minute Steve set down the left, went past a couple of players and drew their keeper before sending across goal to which Ben Nupnau had an easy finish. A hugely satisfying win! Ron Atkinson's famous comment comes to mind.

The turds had no game today, and the Ladies played last night – a tough 6-0 defeat against one of the very strong teams in the division, where we kept the game close in the first half but eventually were well beaten – see the report on their game by Dave.

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