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While for many teams the end of the season is a quiet time with nothing much to win or lose, the last game of the season against a MTM team that had nothing to play for anymore looked in any ways like a final for the first team of FC Ireland.The theatre of this play will be Rosières, a place where we played almost as many times as we played in Nosseghem due to all the poor teams unabled to have a pitch in Brussels.To make it even more interesting, the game before ours in this same arena was La lorraine playing the Tourinnois team who needed a win and a defeat from ourselves to have a chance to stay in the first division when we would be relegated.

The whole team then gathered at 2pm for the KO of this game with the hope that La Lorraine would do a little miracle and win a game even though they’ve mostly lost everything this year.Never in the history of ABSSA has La Lorraine had so many supporters than during this game. The whole club of FC Irlande felt as their families supported them for three generations and their hearts were beating at the same rythm as the goals they scored and the saves their keeper did. When the referee whistled the end of the game on an unexpected win from La Lorraine, you could almost hear a sight of relief coming from the team as we were warming up.

Knowing that, the pressure has now vanished as we were saved. Nevertheless, the team wanted to end this season proprely by adding a last win and secure our position in case of a screw up with tablets which, as we know, can easily happen.

During the warm-up, 2 guys from the starting eleven were already out as Sylvain and Thomas Earl felt that it would be impossible for them to play due to previous injuries. Luckily, we had a strong bench and the coach readjusted a bit the team with Gaston and Villu substituing.

Before we start the game on the shitty low pitch, we were joined by a green wave as the totality of the second team plus a few  other fans came to the side of the pitch to set the fire to the Rosières Arena. The 22 actors entered the picth and the game started slowly, the two teams struggling in creating anything on this awful pitch. Not a lot to say about this half time, a few half chances but nothing interesting except unfortunately Vince’s injury, who joined the many other players we already had in the infirmery, supplied by Cillian, and a lot of great and very creative songs from our beloved fans.

As the second half started, the crowd went completly banana when the coach made a tactical choice and put Sean « the tank » Gibson in front, who looks like he’s 41 but he’s 23, with Maddie on his side. we now had some argument to weigh in the balance and use their strengh to win this game when we were unable to play it in our usual way.

It didn’t take long for Sean to prove his ability to be efficient. As Karim, slided a nice ball to him, he played very well with his body, barely touched the opponent, didn’t fucking apologize and calmy won his 1V1 with the keeper. That’s what the team needed to feel truly confident, while the ghost of relegation was going further and further.

Now, let’s have a moment to speak about the true meaning of being a first team player in FC Ireland this year. One once said that to be a real member of this team, you had to do at least one highly unlikely mistake, possibly that costs points or even victory if you feel like it. After his amazing first game with the firsts (MOTM) this season and his second time in a row in the starting team, Neil had that in mind and wanted to make it clear that we had to count on him for the future. As we were passing the ball between us in the defense, he took it calmly, did an amazing flip to put himself in the direction of our goal and passed it softlty to the the opponent who couldn’t do anything less than scoring. Welcome to the team Neil ! Fortunately, Cillian « Juninho » O’Donoghue chose this moment to score one of his magnificent signature free-kick to put our team in the good way.

The end of the game was quite confuse with many chances for both sides, a great save from Eike on a deflected ball and a high pressing from MTM.On a corner for them, the keeper felt the need to come in our box to try to save the day. Little did he know that it would be a fatal error as Lewis got the second ball and did a special (and totally on purpose) Kevin Debruyne assist from 70m to Maddy who just had to put it in the empty goal. At 3-1, the game was over. The coach was very kind to offer Lewis a round of applause for his last game by substituing him by Thomas « T Dog » Earl for the last minutes.

As the game ended, we were all very happy to have won this last game in difficult conditions but with an incredible help from our supporters. While we were thanking them, celebrating and later having a drink together, relieved to finally close the debate on our stay in the first division and wishful to start on a new dynamic the next season, a few of the most recurent quotes went through our minds, which I will put a little collection below :

 

« Standard fans are mentally retarded » Tommy

« Anderlecht is not a real team » Karim

« France and Paris are shit » Tommy and Karim finally agreeing on something

« Fuck you, we have two stars and Mbappé » Vince and all french people for the next 20 years

« I’m pissed off every weekend because I hate loosing, and so should you » Coach T, after not sleeping for 14 Saturdays in a row

« Arbiiiiitre, je l’ai pas trouchéééé » on a high-pitched norwergian voice as Sigve takes his 7th yellow card this season for screaming at the ref after beating the shit out of the opponent.

« Lewis, you’re really shit in front of the goal » Coach T every game after Coin du Balais and the 45 1V1 he lost

« Draaien » Head of the team screaming autistically to his fellow Rudy

« OFFSIDE » Paul on every opponent’s move ever

« We played well but we lost » Every players after almost every game since winter break

« We didn’t score and we conceaded stupid goals » Every players after almost every game since winter break

« We just need one point to secure our position in the first division » Every players before every games since february.

 

Summarize this season is difficult. We had an amazing group, with loads of talented players and as we began the season, we all thought we could play for the win this year. Unfortunately, it turned out differently as we struggled a lot, with some great moment when we developped a great football. But in football, the most important are the points, and that’s where we failed to be efficient despite knowing what we were capable of. Now, we can still be happy from what we archieve considering the difficult conditions in which we were. Some players will leave this season, others will come and we all hope to start in a good way the next season and do better one than this year.

Come On You boys in Green !

I would like to take the opportunity of my last match report, as I’m leaving the team for whiter and colder lands, to thank everyone in the club, especially Dave and Paul for working hard to keep the club going and welcomed me warmly, John Simon for inviting me to FC Irlande and being always happy to offer me a Leffe, the coaches and captains, especially coach T who worked hard to make us a better team and  all players, especially those from the 1st and the 2nd  teams with whom I have shared loads of great moments such as games, drinks, parties, laughs, and much more.

I have been delighted to play these 2 amazing years in the club and I’ll see you when I’m back !

With love, Lewis

The first match of the cup!

This is clearly the objective of the club and the team to erase the bad season in the league! Difficult context for the first, playing their last match next week to stay in 1st division! The team started well with some nice movements in the midfield and we were clearly in possession. Not a lot of real occasion in the first half but the ball was moving well and could get the lead after a nice move from the left to Mika who was too short to put the ball in. Ht, no change in the team, we need to continue to push. In the beginning of the second half, Sylvain got a corner after a confused free kick with a good save of the goalkeeper! We opened the score with a nice header from Sigve on a corner kick on the penalty spot from Tommy. At this moment, we thought that the most difficult was done, but 2 minutes after we conceded a nice goal from their striker. A hard shoot from Sylvain and a nice save from the keeper kept the score to 1-1. 3 mins after, a penalty was whistle against Sean.. unfortunately the var was not there to identify the nice jump… 2-1.. very complicated.. finally, the 3-1 came after a counter attack.. end of the cup story.

 

Report by Tommy l’écossais

Higgins 2 – Irlande 1

We were almost playing at home this saturday on the astro pitch in Auderghem facing a strong Higgins team that stayed on a very good series since winter break, kind of the opposite of our situation.

Nonetheless, we were highly motivated to finally save ourselves from relegation and prove that we belong in the first division by at least gain one point from this tricky game against a direct opponent.

First spread of adrelanin occured when Mika thought he had lost his ID, resulting on 30 min of searching and a trip to a gym in Schaerbeek to get back just as the referee was calling his name.

The first minutes were for Ireland who was controlling the ball and slowly approching Higgins goal while the opponent were dangerous only on counter-attacks and long balls well controlled by the defense at that time.

Around the 15th minute, after a good movement on the left involving Mika and Nair, Lewis slided the ball directly to Sigve on the left who happened to be alone in front of the keeper and put it calmly out of his reach in the net.

We couldn’t have dreamed of a better start and we stayed focused and determined to score again before half-time in order to be safe and in a position to control the game.

A few great chances could have leaded to what we were wishing so hard to happen, the greatest was surely Mika dribbling his man and shooting a beautiful left-footed volley shoot that was just over the crossbar.

Unfortunately, we were not able to score this goal, and, even worst, conceaded a goal as there was a miscommunication between our keeper and the defense that allowed the striker to be in a position to easily score.

As referee whistled the half-time, the feelings were mixed in the team between the will to go for the victory and the will to save this precious point. Is it too much thinking that caused us to do such a bad half-time ? We’ll never know, but the fact is that we suffered a lot in this half, letting too much space to our opponents who were looking way stronger than us at that time.

Despite a few chances they had, we managed to keep it even until the last five minutes when a ball lost in the middfield resuted in a shot sadly deflected out of Victor’s reach in our goal. We tried to go forward in the last minutes but we have to face the fact that we were weaker than Higgins this time and, as the game ended, we could only regret the chances missed and the mistakes made that put us in the worst situation for our final game.

We have now two weeks to regroup and prepare for what happen to be a final for us and give everything to keep our team in the first division !

Come on you boys in green !

MOTM : Rudy and Thomas Earl

Report by Lewis

It was a cold,windy afternoon on a damp pitch at nosseghem where FCI 1sts were going to play a crucial match against Tourinnois who were equal on points but ahead on goal difference.
We had prepared well during the week and absolutely needed the 3 points. We had a crazy referee to manage as he gave the 1st yellow card to Mika even before the match begins. The match started very well as we started pushing them back in their own half from the beginning and created some half chances.  We kept the ball confidently playing against the wind and we started opening them up. 10 minutes into the match ,we get a free kick in a good position , Sylvain puts in a great free-kick , Sigve managed to get a touch and Nair was ready on the 2nd post to get a easy Tap-in. ( who may be was off-side) . 1-0.   We started getting more chances but could not score the 2nd goal. Meanwhile at the other end, Tourinnois start playing some long balls and manage to get a freekick. Free-kick was put in the box and went away for a goal kick but crazy referee decided he saw a foul and gave a penalty. 1-1. Half-time break was pretty long. Crazy Referee took almost 15 minutes in his changing room attending an urgent call. (Some say he was in the VAR operations room to look into the penalty decision)
We regrouped at half-time and started playing again this time with the wind in our favour. We again did some great build-up play to release Sylvain on the left wing, who dribbled his way and put in a great cross towards the far post , where Tommy was running into to put the ball in the net. 2-1.  We realised that the game is in our hands, started using the wind in our favour and just let the other team to attack. They left lot of space for us to counter-attack and we started getting chances and pushed them back in the their half. Their goalkeeper tried to take a short goal kick but ended up passing the ball to Mika who scored 1 v 1 to seal the victory . 3-1.
Good spirited performance from the whole squad, 3 points, Another important match next week against Higgins.
Lets be positive boys , train well this week and fight again.
MOTM : Tommy and Mika
Report by Sourabh “the octopus” Nairke

Another final this afternoon against this time our old rivals, the brits!

We are all working during trainings to face this kind of match! A windy cold Saturday to remind us the pitch reality!

The boys in green started well the match and during the first 20 minutes, Brits were running behind us and were not able to touch the ball or combine! We dominated without real occasions but we showed clearly our willingness to win today! Danger came from the wings with some nice combinations, but unfortunately not real occasions.

After the half time we alternated the good and the bad, and on a direct corner we conceded a stupid goal helped by the wind… sad! We were convinced that we can equalize and come back! After some nice combinations and the fresh air from the bench, Thomas P header deviation bring Nair face to face with the keeper! 1-1!!! We are back! No real more opportunities and a hard fight in the midfield was setting up the end of the game…

But another mistake at the very end from bad dribble in front of the box allowed the brits to easily cross and finish the work.. 2-1

A very disapointed afternoon, we will still need to fight on the last games to be pushed out in the D2

 

MOTM: Nair

Report by Tommy

 

We were 12 for this game :    Eike  Dani  sean P (c)  fede  Tommy  lewis sylvain tomas p vicent karim and Sigve.   Nick was making his come-back to help the team and started on the bench. As one lucky guy in the opponent was getting married on this day, they started with only 9 players on the pitch but were quickly joined by another two players to make the count.
During the first half, we could have taken the advantage on two actions, one 1vs1 where we failed to hit the target and a beautiful cross from Vince taken by Thomas but unfortunately deflected by the  keeper.
Dany had to come off the pitch at half-time, we then had to adjust our tactic to put Nick upfront with Sigve and one man down in the middfield.
Same old story for FC Irlande during this second half, we are dominating but failing to score. Many great moves ended up in not so great last pass, shoot or saved by the keeper.
Luckily for us, Eike, who had nothing to do during the whole game, made a magnificent save on a beautiful header in the additional time to save a single point from this disapointed game.

Final score : 0-0

MOTM : Sylvain
Come on  Fc Irlande
4 games  4 games to win
Karim and Lewis

Entente FC 1

FC Irlande 0

It was a disappointing outing for the firsts as they were defeated 1:0 away to Entente FC.

Pre-match coach Thomas decided to stick with his 3-5-2 formation with Vincent and Karim as wingers. He warned of the previous slow starts and encouraged Ireland to take the game to their opponents and cut out the unforced errors ( which have been gifting our opponents goals in recent weeks).

Irlande, did just that and started brightly but despite the majority of the possession, their passing was slow and not too penetrative. A ball over the top from Cillian played Mika through, they keeper came off his line but Mika’s attempted lob off his left fell just wide. Overall, the half was short on clear cut opportunities with another attempted lob by Sigve being Irlande’s next best opportunity.

The second half started in a similar fashion, Ireland dominating possession but failing to cause their opponents – who choose to lie deep – too many problems. Around half way through, a miscontrol from Karim presented a chance for the Entente player he finished 1 on 1 with Victor. On came Thomas Peeters and Mady, with Cillian and Vincent dropping out. Irlande lifted their game with Mika stringing passes together nicely in a deeper role and Karim penetrating nicely down the left wing. Twice Ireland came down the left and made great chances. The first a cross from Lorenz which was met by the head of Sigve but a great save from their keeper kept out the shot. Soon after, Karim got down the left and pulled back for Sigve to slot home. However, their keeper – an impressive performer on the day – spread himself wide and kept out the effort.

The last minutes ran out and Irlande had succumbed to their third defeat in a row. A disappointment given their possession but that’s football as they say.

MOTM: Victor, runner up Mika

Team:

Goal: Victor

Def: Danny, Thomas Earls, Sean

Mid: Cillian, Nair, Mika

Wing-backs: Karim, Vincent,

Forwards: Lorenz, Sigve

 

Report by Cillian

The frists played top of the table Portugal and were looking to make revenge the 4-1 loss earlier in the season. The weather was nice but unfortunately our home pitch was in a terrible condition, especially at the center of the pitch where it looked like a horse race had been going on. We went out in a 3-3-2-2 formation to try out an alternative to our usual 4-3-3 formation. The game started evenly with quite a few duels but without any big chances. The Portugese side showed glips of why they are top of the table with some nice control and passing  which resulted in several corners and on one of these our marking was not tight enough and they took the lead with a header from the penalty area. After this we created a few half chances but, as so many times this season, we conceded a goal against the way of play after beeing too hesitant. Our goalie was caught off the line and they nicely put the ball in the goal from 20 meters. We went for a break being 0-2 down but in terms of play and chances a draw would have been a fair result. The second half saw the Portugese defending their 2-0 lead which they did fairly well with us not really creating any big chances. With 5 minutes to go we got a goal on a tap in after the goalie did not manage to hold a free kick from Vincent. A few seconds before the final whistle we got through on the right side but the cross was not precise enough and the Portugese went home with all the three points. Again not a bad game from us but as in the other games against the top teams we did not manage to tip the game in our favour.

MOTM: Thomas E. and Timke
Report by Sigve

Brussels LTC 2-1 FC Irlande

FC Irlande Firsts lost by the odd goal in a game of few chances away to Brussels LTC, who moved level with their eighth-placed visitors with the capture of these three points.

All the goals were scored in the first half, with Irlande cancelling out LTC’s early strike on the cusp of half time only to immediately fall behind again just seconds later.

LTC put on a showcase of clinical finishing, with debutant keeper Victor having little else to do on the defensive front beyond twice fishing the ball out of the net.

Irlande were a touch slow to begin with – though this might have had something to do with having arrived at the wrong pitch, initially! But if the limited warm-up handed the early initiative to LTC, it wasn’t the cause of the Firsts’ downfall.

Getting into the game, battling well to regain possession in their own half, Irlande began to create some moments upfield. Mika was holding the ball up well and several times the Firsts worked good crossing opportunities on the right flank.

The hurricane crosswinds battering the exposed pitch made it difficult for attackers and defenders alike to read the aerial balls. When one cross from Vincent deceived the LTC backline, Thomas Peeters pounced on the dropping, spinning ball – but could only fire into the keeper’s grateful arms.

Just as the Firsts looked like they might be taking hold of the game, LTC caught them with a sucker-punch. Having won the ball well on the edge of his area, Tim advanced down the right before catching his fellow midfielders by surprise with a ball inside. The hosts intercepted, swiftly feeding their centre-forward who tucked the ball firmly into the corner of the net.

The Firsts tried to sustain their momentum but lacked rhythm in their build-up play. One surge forward saw Thomas Peeters picked out on the edge of the box, with a low ball from the right. His first touch took him through on goal and, having just about beaten the goalkeeper to it, Thomas was unable to put a firm enough shot on the ricocheting ball to beat the covering defenders on the line.

From one end to the other, a mix up between defender and goalkeeper saw the LTC striker nip in and rob the ball – only to clip his shot against the frame of the unguarded net.

The Firsts appeared to be making the most of that reprieve when, with the interval looming, Mika bagged the equaliser with a strong finish, after a determined move down the right had eventually put Nair free to drill across the face of goal.

If Irlande thought that was the first half done and dusted, LTC had other ideas. Catching the visitors completely asleep, they bustled down their own right flank straight from kick-off. The alarm bells started ringing in the Firsts’ defence, but there was no rescuing the situation. Committed in numbers to stretch the understaffed Irlande defence, LTC bought space for their home striker to meet an inviting cross in stride and apply a lovely first-time finish into the bottom corner.

It was a particularly gutting way to end a half that had already been frustrating enough for the visitors, and LTC must have been extremely pleased to see how frayed the Irlande tempers got during the break.

With much greater intensity demanded in the second half, the Firsts roused themselves to an improved display – but to no avail. LTC circled the wagons, competed well for every ball and protected their lead, with Irlande unable to penetrate their lines to any great effect.

A change to a 3-4-3 formation midway through the half generally yielded more success as the Firsts chased the game, with the new three-man defence of Tim, Danny and Fede supplying forward balls for Irlande to get on the ball in the final third of the pitch.

However, a shaky-looking goalkeeper was not made to do much work – his one save of note coming from a strong Vincent shot from the edge of the box. Otherwise, he had an easy gather from one set play – Danny having picked out Sean’s head from deep – and was able to watch a shot from Mika flash wide, after good work in midfield had freed up Sean on the right to tee him up.

All too quickly the time ran out; Irlande once again left to ponder defeat in a game where they had rarely been troubled, but had likewise failed to turn much of their play into real opportunities.

 

Sean G

After four defeats in a row, we needed a reaction against one of our rivals in the table. On a pitch that was barely playable, we had possibly our best warm-up of the season (which lasted exactly 10 minutes)…

On a frozen pitch, both sides adopted the famous British-style ‘kick and rush’. Despite the surface, the boys in green had the better of the play and created a number of chances for their strikers. From one of Choule’s few chances, Sylvain, the most French of the Irishmen, made the most of a counter attack, beating a defender and scoring the first goal just before halftime. In the second half, the pitch became more playable.

The boys in green controlled the match, and from another counter attack, Mika was fouled in the box. Penalty. The new RSC Anderlecht-supporting father came forward and planted a firm side foot shot. Game over, fully deserved victory. Another victory next week – weather permitting.

Report by Mika

FC Ireland was highly motivated to return to victory in their match against Coins Du Balai FC. Unfortunately, the weeks go by and look alike for FC Ireland, still too tender this Saturday.

On a good pitch and in the rain, the match started on a high pace led by a constant FC Ireland pressing.

Accurate in their transmissions and diligent in their defensive replacement, the team showed a lot of solidarity to try to snatch a good result against the current 4th in the standings.

Rarely put in trouble during the first 30 minutes, the Greens ended by opening the score through the insatiable Sigve on a clever opening of Tommy, passed on the right side for this game. Two big opportunities by Lewis could have crowned FC Ireland’s first half even more.

Back from the locker room, Coins du Balai FC was very offensive during the first 15 minutes but failed to equalize with a compact defensive block.

Unfortunately, the lack of realism continued when FC Ireland failed to convert a penalty awarded by the referee following a tackle on Nair, aka Nairke, aka Octopus. 

After several parades by our goalkeeper Eike, Coin Du Balai FC scored for the first time on a corner before taking the lead following a loss of ball. 

In a match that became quite intense after several contentious arbitration decisions and many borderline contacts, Sean is expelled to make matters worse.

Valorous until the end but decidedly lacking in efficiency, FC Ireland failed to achieve a last action in front of the goal of Coin Du Balai FC.

In summary, a frustrating match where again the team fished on its ability to kill the game to get permanently safe.

Let’s keep our heads up and prepare the cup!

 

Goal: Sigve

Assist: Tommy

 

Report by Gaston

After Winter break, the team was motivated to start 2019 with the win unfortunately nothing worked as expected. All the squad was motivated in the locker room and during the warm up and determined to win the game.

We started the match quite slowly without winning the challenges. The weather conditions were difficult to show our passing and our ability to control the game as we usually do.

After 10 minutes of a slow start from our team and the and a hugeeeeeee offside, the opponent team finish the work and the result is 0-1. This quick goal woke us up all and the team started to play better with the well known fighting spirit. The intensity increased and the passing became better and better.

Both sides struggled to muster meaningful efforts on goal. There was many occasion for Fc Ireland but the luck was not on our side. Indeed, our strikers touch 3 times the post. Due to this lack of transformation on goal what should happened happened and we conceaded the second goal at half time.

Second Half started with huge motivation to get back on this game and again lots of intensity and opportunies.

In the second half the game got a little more ragged and our team fought well to come back into the game. Our effort paid off and we came back into the game : 1-2. There were still chances to win this game and many opportunities happened on our side. Unfortunately, none of them finish into the net. After many efforts we did not reach to score this goal to come back and the game ended on a undeserved 1-2.

We lost against a team not better than us but well organized, determined and realist while our team was very unlucky with 5 shot against the post.

We’ve lost this battle but not the war and as the coach said the TOP 3 is still our target so let’s get to it to reach it what does not kill us makes us stronger. Therefore, first step Win next Saturday. Let’s go FC IRELAND !

Match report by Mady

It is an understatement to say that final score is not totally representative of this latest derby between FC Irlande and Royal British!

Actually, after a great speech from our coach Thomas, who insisted on the importance of focus and aggressiveness in the first 10 minutes, the implementation on the pitch was perfect. Possession and creativity was clearly to the advantage of the Boys in Green since the first minute: switching sides, central incursions, short and long passes…very pleasant to play and (hopefully!) to watch!

However, the shots were not too many, neither dangerous: except from a nice 25m-volley from Cillian close to the goal, no real chance was to be noticed after 10-15 minutes.

Famous for their realism, once again the Britishs demonstrated their efficiency: with limited ball possession and reduced to play only in counter attacks, they succeeded to score the first goal on a good cross coming from their right back into our 6 yards box, a first save from Antonio and some confusion ending by a poor toe-poke in our net.

But FCI kept playing without considering this small “accident”, and created some chances: the most dangerous one was a perfect backwards cross coming from Mika after nice dribbles, but no one could receive it, leaving the ball passing on the penalty spot with no touch.

Possessing the ball without scoring is always dangerous, and after a first goal, the British were “twice again” very opportunist and took advantage of small mistakes to make it 0-3 at half time.

Strategy was changed to 4-4-2 with the support of Robbie who helped us a lot to maintain the pressure on their defense during second half: possession was still Irish, and many crosses were coming from the wings thanks to great runs from Tommy and Karim, but no real danger brought in front of British goal.

A last goal was scored by British by the end of the game.

Big work from the whole team, and great pleasure to play together, however, still some mistakes which leave no chance against such opposition.

Let’s enjoy reasonably – or not! –  the end of the year and let’s go back to work in 2019 with the same team spirit and pleasure on the pitch…it is the good way to victory!

 

Report by Sylvain

After four wonderful winnings in a row, the team was motivated to do a 5th victory in a row, but unfortunately nothing was working as expected on this windy day.

 

The first match against LXG resulted to a 2-5 win, did we considered the difficulties on the second match?

 

We started the match quite slowly without winning the challenges. The weather conditions were difficult to show our passing and our ability to control the game as we usually do.

After 20 minutes of struggling to keep the ball, a long solo from the left to the right finishing by a nice passing between the two defenders resulted to a 0-1…

 

We came up quite fast to the HT, without real occasion unfortunately.

 

Same scenario happened during the second half, with difficulties to keep the ball and produce actions.

We’ve got a face to face.. but today, it was not our day.

 

Let’s keep the heads up and tackle the British football club next week!

 

Report by Tommy

After three wins in a row, FC Ireland had to confirm their position in the Top 5 to be able to have greater ambitions.
And it has been done,
From the first second, the Irish team stepped on the ball and put pressure on Euro Union’s defence. Unable to get out because of the pressing set up by the Irish, Euro Union logically cracked a first one after a nice collective movement,
Very quickly the second one fell,
We will highlight the very beautiful celebration of the Irish player who, if he continues, will be able to win “Dance with the Stars”.

From the beginning of the second half, despite the tactical change of Euro Union, FC Ireland was determined not to suffer and the tactical change made by the opponent quickly became the shortest path to defeat,
Very quickly, Euro Union conceded two goals again after some very good collective movements,
The 5th arrived later in the second half and despite the reduction in the score, the Irish concluded one of the most successful matches of the season,

4th consecutive win and 21 goals scored in these 4 games,

Beyond that, it’s the first time the Irish club has managed to start a match so quickly and keep it going throughout the game,

If the next 3 games are well negotiated, the Irish will be able to dream: Top 3, Cup ?

In the meantime, their eyes are focused on a fifth consecutive victory at home against LXG.

Man of the match: Kian

 

Report by coach Thomas

It was a cold afternoon with a bit of rain as we took the field to play newly promoted Higgins. Our objective was made very clear from the start by the coach and we looked that we were up for it.
We had a slow start to the game but we started controlling all the ball from defence to midfield a few minutes into the match.
Sean and Gaston saw a lot of the ball and were spreading the possession very well. We started our pressing game quickly after losing the ball which resulted in mistakes from the opponents and we started coming close to score.
Sigve , Vincent , Tommy, Sylvain all coming very close to score the first goal and eventually it was from a move from the left flank that Vincent found himself in a lot of space to dribble and send a good cross to our Norwegian Beast who outmuscled the defender easily and scored. 1-0
Meanwhile in midfield , their best midfielder upto that time landed awkwardly from a duel and sprained his ankle (first of the many injuries to happen that day) bringing them down to 10 men. ( Also to note that they had a 57 year old playing defensive mid so that brings them to 9 men ?)
So we try to really continue on the good start , we control almost all the possession with some good combinations but we could not score any more in the first half.
Good , Inspiring team talk at halftime which was much needed helped the team to give a much stronger performance in the 2nd half. We pressed them hard , won the ball and controlled all the possession.
Substitutions were done Thomas Peeters and Rutger entered the pitch for Vincent and Sylvain. Fresh legs made a huge difference as Thomas played good  combinations and often found himself in lot of space on the wing.
We start a nice move from defense to midfield with few one-two touch passes and Karim ending up on the ball on the right puts a low cross into the top of the box . Thomas takes it beautifully with a first time effort to the bottom right which makes the keeper to dive and spill the effort in the 6 yard box. Nair was ready to pounce on it to give the much needed 2-0 lead.
After the 2nd goal, we started playing with even more confidence . Again Karim finds the ball in the halfway line puts a good ball to Nair who is now clear of the defensive line and crosses it into path of Sigve who gets his 2nd goal. 3-0
Towards the end we kill the game away with a 4th goal a cool calm finish from Tommy to find the bottom right corner . 4-0
Another great move from the right sees a good high cross from Karim into the box for Tim who jumps in the air only to change his mind and lose the opportunity ( Big discussion about what happened at that time. Apparently, Thomas Peeters calls for the Ball and Tim leaves it. Thomas Peeters has refused to comment/acknowledge this amidst the controversy)

Great result in the end and plenty of things to improve  (defensive skills of Nair among many others)

We need to stay positive and believe as we will face stronger opponents in the coming weeks before the Christmas break.

MOTM: Sigve
Report by Nair “The egyptian” Sourabh

Tourinnois’ famously skinny pitch witnessed a glut of goals, after FC Irlande chewed through a difficult first half to eventually put seven past their opponents.

If the scoreline failed to reflect the true narrative of the game, it at least illustrated the Firsts’ ruthlessness in capitalising on chances and spells of dominance.

Having trailed early on, the lads fought back to lead 2-1 at the break before doubling their lead in the first minute of the second period – and never looking back thereafter.

It could all have been so different, were it not for some top-drawer ‘camera-saves’ from goalkeeper Eike in the first half. Having gone behind to a well-finished long ball after conceding too much space on the halfway line, Irlande faced a sequence of corner kicks – each a scant consolation for the Tourinnois players, who must several times have thought they had scored.

Having weathered the worst of the pressure, Irlande responded swiftly through Sigve. The forward capitalised on a dithering defence, putting his head in where it hurts (not for the last time that day), before powering the ball beyond the keeper.

Still reeling from the equaliser, and moaning that their defensive laxity was the result of some concern for Sigve’s safety rather than their own ineptitude, Tourinnois then fell behind.

Sigve was central again. This time his marker, taking no chances, manhandled him underneath a crossfield pass and started an almighty row. Suitably distracted, the defence allowed Karim to latch onto the loose ball and drill home his shot between the keeper and his near post.

Straight from kick-off at the beginning of the second half, the Firsts set about putting the game to bed. A neat move down the left flank fed Cillian and Nair on the edge of the box, whose efforts to shoot were charged down by the recovering hosts. The ball broke to Sean Gibson, who swivelled to wrong-foot the stricken defenders and keeper, and fire home Irlande’s third.

Tourinnois were off balance and the lads refused to settle for the advantage they had. With Sigve once again bearing the brunt of some robust defending in the centre, Nair was left with space to collect a long cross on the right flank, run at his full-back, and stick another rasping shot past the goalkeeper at his near post from a seemingly impossible angle. Irlande were 4-1 up before the argument in the middle was even halfway through.

The hosts collected themselves, however, hitting the post with a great shot after a sublime combination in the right channel. They went one better soon after, sweeping home a rebound after Eike had saved the initial shot, to make the score 4-2.

Their intensity couldn’t last though; Irlande responded in kind and penned Tourinnois in their own penalty area. First a long free-kick found Sigve in front of goal, who expertly steered the rising, bouncing ball beyond the stranded goalie with his top lip. Minutes later, with even more finesse – if that were even possible – Cillian returned a cleared corner with interest to find the top corner from the edge of the box: 6-2.

And with the hosts resigned to defeat, the lads were able to add a seventh in the closing minutes. Persistent chasing from Sigve down the right yielded a throw-in that surprised Tourinnois; quickly taken, Sean G had time to cushion it down before easily stroking his shot beyond the keeper and in off the inside of the post. Seven-two the final score, after a strange game and a battling performance.

Goals: Sigve x2, Karim, Sean G x2, Nair, Cillian

MOTM: Eike

Another important game at home this week.

2 main objectives asked by the coach: get our first victory this season at home (also for the coach) and be faster specially in the transition phase. Let’s see if we can do that…

The first important fact is that our opponents were playing with 8 players during 25 minutes. However, the first occasion of the game came from them by playing a long ball to our last 30 yards for their striker who control well, accelerate and take his chance by a great shot into our goal. 0-1 for Entente.

After 10 minutes, FCI started to play better and combine well on the left side with Sylvain and Tommy, who delivered a good center for Sigve to equalize. 1-1.

After this, we had the possession of the ball but we were not enough concentrated and another long ball came into our 30 yards to replay the same occasion. Their striker control well, accelerate and take his chance by a great shot into our goal…again (#copypaste). 1-2.

Once again, we were chasing the ball with one simple intention before half-time: equalize.

After some good chances (corner on the head of Nair and so on …) and very good saves from their keeper, we finally equalize before half-time by another good combination between Sylvain and Tommy, who centered into the box for Vince to finish with the toe. Ugly but efficient, 2-2 Half-Time.

We came more determined into the pitch for the second half after a bitter speech from our coach.

Another important fact, Entente are now 11 on the pitch! So, let’s start a new game in a better way !

FCI created some good movements playing faster and the transition was really better. One of our best occasion in the second half came from our captain who received a second ball from the midfield and took his chances with a powerful shot into the goal. Unfortunately, the ball finished on the crossbar, unlucky captain !

Another good combination on the right side with Cillian for Karim who delivered a good ball to Sigve into the box. Our Sigoal finished smartly and give the advantage to the green team. 3-2 for the greens !

The last goal came from the left side after another good combination with Nair and Sigve, who delivered a smart pass to our “French god talent” Sylvain who gave a perfect ball to Cillian to push the ball into the goal easily ! 4-2 the victory is close.

A nice last occasion initiated by our “man on fire” Sigve from the left side who delivered a beautiful center to Vince who decided to give a present to Cillian to conclude a perfect team movement but…unfortunately we were not able to finish ! the next time for sure 😉

Squad: Slava, Gaston, Sigve, Sean P., Rutger, Cillian, Tommy, Tim, Kevin, Lewis, Nair, Vince, Sylvain, Karim

Subs: Cillian, Rutger, Karim

Goals: Sigve (x2), Vince, Cillian

Assists: Tommy (x2), Karim, Sylvain

MOTM: Sigve

 

Report by Olivier Giroud

Firsts were up against top of the table Portugal and with a good result against Jefke last week we were keen to take them on. The game started in the worst possible way with them getting an early goal after a long ball through which resulted in a penalty. The sun was straight in our face in the first half which made their long-balls difficult to deal with. They got a second goal with a similar long ball 10 minutes later. We then got a goal after 20 minutes after Vincent was played though which he finished nicely. We then created some chances but did not manage to equalise before half time. Second half was not good from our side, however had Sean scored on a one on one early on the result could have been different. Instead they scored 3-1 and not long after 4-1. In short we did not manage to impose our game on them. They scored on their chances and we did not. All in all a disappointing performance against a good but not great side.

Report by Sigve

The 1st played one of the best team of the league. After the disapointing game of last week, the Irish team realised the best performance of its season. Great possession, great animation, the Irish squads just need to improve itself in front of the goal.

Indeed, FC Irlande right from the beginning decided to keep the ball, with success ! Despite a first attempt saved by the man of the match Darragh, the Irish team missed different chances. However, Jefke scored the first goal on a ball lost in the midfield. On a free kick, the Thomas.P equalized.

2nd half and no changes, the Irish team continued to dominate. On a wonderful action, more than 10 passes from the central back to the midfield, to the right wing to finisf on a center from the left wing, Sean Gibson scored the 2-1.

After that, the team had 3-4 chances in one on one with the keeper. No goal and football is tough ! After a long ball, Jefke equalized.

The team needs to continue like this, the results will come if we continue ! I will repeat this objective, before December, we have the quality to be in the top 5 !

Goals : Thomas P. and Sean G.

Assists : Sylvain and Tommy

Motm: Darragh

 

Report by Thomas O.

Despite the sun and the strong squad, FC Irlande realised its worst game of the season. From the very beginning, Brussels Ltc put a lot of impact to win all the balls and the Irish team was not ready to face this challenge. Although the squad missed a strong chance when we lost the 1v1 against the keeper, Eike had to save the team several times ! End of the 1st half ! Despite the positive message delivered by the captain, the team was not able to change the history of this game. Brussels Ltc scored the first goal after two or three attempts in the box. And it was not finished, on a free kick, one player was alone to score the second one. After the changes, the games didn’t change and on a counter attack, Brussels Ltc scored the third one. The Irish fighting spirit was not there on this lovely afternoon but Cillian reduced the score on a beautiful free kick. The whole team was not there today and we will have to catch up the points we lost at home. We have a good team, we have to work harder and I am sure that we will be able to find the solution !

MOTM : Eike

Goal : Cillian

Report by Thomas O.

After a disappointed 1-1 draw last week-end, it was mandatory to earn 3 points on this sunny Saturday. La Lorraine Rfc, a team that already lost 3 times since the beginning of this season seemed to be the right victim to beat for winning our 2nd game of the year.

After a terrible warmup on the carpark, we started the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation more focused than the during previous ones which gave us more confidence. For the most part of the 1st half, we had the possession and failed to score. Karim and Sean had a couple chances to score but unfortunately they didn’t. Then we started to slow down a little bit and played on their tempo, until a wonderful kick by Mika that took his chance for a long distance and  scored his 1st goal for his first appearance this year. After this goal, we finished the 1st period stronger even though La Lorraine had a huge opportunity to score. After a save by Slava, on the rebound they had an empty net but Thomas E made a big save for us. Without that save, it will be a tied game at halftime.

Starting the 2nd half with a goal advantage wasn’t that easy but we played with the same mentality than in the first half. Still having the possession, we created opportunities without scoring. Until a beautiful team goal scored by Nair. Pretty much all players touched the ball side to side before Karim showed his dribbling and passing abilities to serve Nair. Ten minutes after the start of the 2nd half, the new father Sylvain made his entrance on the pitch creating a chance to score another goal. But on a one-on-one facing the keeper, he felt without being touched by anybody. Later in the game and still with the possession against a team that was totally disorganized we capitalized for the third time with Karim at the finish. Another team goal, with a steal from Sylvain that gave the ball to Kevin that served Nair who passed the ball to Karim. It was now a 0-3 game but we were still hungry. And it wasn’t so long until the fourth goal was coming. Gaston recovered the ball to pass it to Kevin that scored the final goal of this game.

Game is over with a 0-4 win. A complete team effort with goals and the 1st cleensheat of the year for the team and Slava. It was hard for everybody to find the Man of the Match but with his incredible save that avoid a 1-1 game at the half Thomas E. well deserved the MOTM. We are now standing at the 7th place and have the chance to grab 3 points next week at home against the last team in the league (with 5 loss).

 

Goals : Mika, Nair, Karim, Kevin

 

Report by Kevin

It was a case two points dropped for the Firsts on Saturday, as despite dominating possession against a 10 man MTM side throughout the second half, they failed to break down a rugged MTM defence.

Pre-match, capitano supreme Tomito decided to stick with his trusted 4-2-3-1 system rather than reverting to the 3-5-2 wing back system which had proven so effective in the 2-2 comeback against Choule.

The first few minutes were a tight cagey affair. The visitors took the lead half-way through a corner. The MTM centre half met the cross, it was cleared off the line but broke straight to the same defender who comfortable placed his header past Slava into the net.

Things got worse as Andrea was forced off with a groin injury (Get well soon Andrea). The injury saw one of our many Toma’s come-on (Toma Otuszewski) with Toma Lecossois (Not Toma Wieme…) shifting across to left back. The shift worked out well for FC Irlande as soon after Tommy scored what was accurately described by Paul Stanton in the FC Irlande Whatsap group as “a wordly”. Cutting in from the left, he let fly with a 25 year screamer which nestled in the top corner, leaving the MTM keeper with no chance.

The second half begun promisingly for FC Irlande as MTM were reduced to 10 men when their striker was foolishly sent off for mouthing to the referee twice in succession – two stupid yellow cards equalling one very stupid red card. FC Irlande pressed. On came Gastan for Cillian, Kevin for Tommy. In the latter stages Sigve was moved up top but to no avail as we failed to get the decisive goal.

Overall, a disappointed point given our procession dominance and positive performance the previous week. Next up is La Lorraine. Let’s get back to winning ways boys!

MOTM: Tommy “what a goal” Lecossois for a solid performance and a contender for the Puskas 2019 award (Well if Mo Salah can win for that goal, then why not Tomito?).

 

Report by Cillian

Choule Auderghem 2-2 FC Irlande

September 29th, 2018

FC Irlande Firsts put in a late surge to come from two goals down and claim a draw against Choule Auderghem, keeping the lads in the top half of the table after four matches.

Sean Gibson’s equaliser, after Andrea had halved the deficit only minutes earlier, was greeted by the FC Irlande director of football with a due display of exuberance on the touchline – alas, nothing that was caught on camera, however.

The visitors’ turn of fortune stemmed from changes made at the interval, with the side trailing two-nil. Playing more through the opposition rather than over them, with a switch from 4-5-1 to 3-5-2 and with the introduction of Tim in the centre of midfield, Irlande’s efforts began to yield better results.

The team found themselves chasing the game after a low-intensity first half, where a couple of errors received maximum punishment from a Choule team who, while comfortable in possession, were hardly threatening to tear Irlande apart.

The hosts broke the deadlock moments after Sean G had headed a Sean P cross inches wide at the back post; a long punt forward found that sweet spot between all the Irlande defenders, and in nipped the Choule striker to nod past an onrushing Darragh. Chasing the ball in, Sigve was half a step away from hooking it off the line – but it just trickled beyond him into the corner of the net.

The home side then showed themselves to be happy in possession, even more so for a fairly deep Irlande line that allowed them to advance well into the opposing half before meeting serious challenge. At the other end, Choule’s defence was proving equal to Irlande’s through balls and aerial assaults.

Barring one chance – where Karim flicked through to Sean G, who lost his marker in the left channel before drilling the ball into the goalkeeper’s arms – the visitors offered little threat. All the more disheartening, then, when the hosts chucked a nothing cross into the Irlande box, which was met with a scuffed clearance and a poked finish from the Choule forward. Two-nil the score going into half time.

In the second period, though, the changes and Irlande’s new shape allowed more players to get forward and grind down a tiring opposition. All the same, Irlande initially struggled to test the Choule goalkeeper with meaningful attempts on goal, despite their greater control of the ball.

But the lads kept the faith and continued to pour forward. A couple of warning shots were fired at goal from midfield; crosses were cleared with increasing desperation. Eventually the pressure told – Tommy was teed up for a cross from the right-hand side, finding Andrea at the back post who had time to chest the ball down before stroking the ball past the keeper at close range.

With little more time left to waste in pursuing what had seemed an unlikely recovery, Irlande quickly followed up with their second. Playing out from the back, the Firsts executed a brisk passing play via Thomas O, Sean G, Tim and Karim – the latter a step ahead of his man, centring the ball for Sean G at the back post to bury the equaliser.

MOTM: Tim Hoedemaekers

Goals: Andrea, Sean G

Assists: Tommy, Karim

FC Irlande Firsts were sunk by a late goal against Coin Du Balai on Saturday, suffering their first defeat of the season on matchday three.

Having gone behind to an early penalty, the lads drew level only minutes later and enjoyed strong periods of play. Second-half injuries, however, hindered the search for a winner, before a mix-up in the Irlande defence handed the visitors the winning goal with only minutes remaining.

Both sides struggled to muster meaningful efforts on goal, with Irlande centre-halves Sigve and Thomas Wieme never tiring of repelling Coin’s aerial advances. There was one occasion, though, when Thomas was a touch over-zealous in his effort to halt the visitors – who duly dispatched the resultant penalty to take the lead.

At the other end, the Irlande attack looked most promising on the floor, but it was a long ball from Cillian in the midfield, after good pressure to recover possession, that released Nair through the middle to score the equaliser. The whereabouts of those two Coin centre-backs is still unknown, but thankfully Nair didn’t stop to ask any questions before powering the ball past the keeper into the net.

The hosts were in the ascendancy. Thomas Peeters harried a defender into a mistake in the penalty box, but the ball ran to safety. Then a great team move put Tommy clear away down the right – but he wasn’t able to lift the ball past the keeper, who had stayed on his feet well.

In the second half the game got a little more ragged and the visitors fought well to come back into the game. Nair, meanwhile, had begun to struggle with injury and his departure used up Irlande’s only substitution; not long after, Sigve suffered an awkward collision attacking a corner ball. Quickly the Firsts had to reorganise but the tide turned in the favour of the visitors, who increasingly came to control possession.

There were still chances – Sean Plaice met a Karim corner well with his right foot, but the keeper got down well to parry on the line; another corner saw the ball returned to Karim, whose second cross was headed over the bar by Sean Gibson.

Ultimately the depleted Firsts were undone five minutes from the end, when a pass from Cillian to Thor went awry and the visitors swept up the loose ball. The left winger scooped an assured finish into the far corner of the goal and nabbed all three points for Coin.

MOTM: Thomas Wieme

Goals: Nair

Assists: Cillian

 

Report by Sean Gibson

For our first away game of the season, the conditions were perfect. Beautiful weather, beautiful pitch and very strong 15-men squad!

The pre-match speech was very detailed and well done by our tacticians Tommy and Karim. And thanks to that, the boys in green were in the game from the start, quickly creating good chances by using the full width of the pitch. The first opportunity came from the left with some nice interplay between Thor and Andrea. They combined well before Andrea whipped in a precise cross between the six-yard box and the penalty spot, where Vince was waiting to finish off the move. But unfortunately he kicked the ball just over the crossbar… As Laurence used to say last year: “Mind your body position!”

5 minutes later, the LXG captain won the ball and started a counter-attack with a long direct ball to one of their strikers who was beaten in the air by Sigve. Unfortunately Sigve’s clearing header was intercepted by their second striker who took his chance with a nice long-range volley. 1-0 for LXG.

This was the right time to show them our Irish spirit and quality to quickly bounce back. Unfortunately though, this “lucky shot” gave LXG confidence and some extra energy which resulted in a couple of good chances for their Filipino striker during the minutes that followed to extend their lead. Though we had another good opportunity with Karim upfront, we were not able to quickly equalise.

10 minutes later though, shortly before half-time, we eventually did manage to equalise after Thor cut out LXG’s strong midfielders with a great long diagonal ball from our left half to Vince on the right wing, who managed to get it down, beat their last defender before hitting the back of the net with a neat cross-shot. 1- 1! Alas celebrations were quickly over after Lewis had to come off injured. Luckily with Thomas W. we had a strong replacement ready to come on.

We started the second half as strongly as we finished the first, with very quick, vertical passing from the back through our midfield to our forwards. After 5 minutes, a quick counter initiated by Sylvain resulted in a corner. Vince took it and managed to put a high ball between the six-yard box and the penalty spot that Sigvorano (Zamorano + Sigve) powered in with an unstoppable header. 1-2 for the visitors!

Shortly after, our “capitano” made two more changes, bringing on Thomas P. and Kevin for Karim and Nair.

At this point, LXG decided to change their strategy by putting one more upfront to increase the pressure on our backline.

But this didn’t affect the spirit of the very determined boys in green who managed to extend their lead after another fine ball from Thomas W. to Vince who extended it to Thomas P. down the right wing who adjusted a precise cross to the second post, where Andrea was lurking for his first goal of the season and to finish this nice team move in style. 1-3 it was!

Now one would think the game should be decided, that the Irish had down the hard part and only had to be keep the result. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned, after a long high ball from their defence got into our box and the ref decided to give a soft penalty. Slava almost managed to keep it out but with a strong hand that deflected the ball against the crossbar before eventually crossing the goal line… 2-3. In his last substitution captain Tommy took himself off to introduce Thomas O.. Vince got the armband.

As we already experienced during the pre-season games, a strong team performance, with everyone fighting for each other and the green jersey until the final whistle, would be key to secure the 3 points.

And this paid off after another good combination that started on our left side, went through our midfield, from where Thomas W. passed it on to our right wing to Vince who’s first attempt to cross was blocked, but who managed to get the rebound and find Thomas P. in the middle of the box with his second attempt who nicely slotted the ball home. 2-4.

At this stage, our hard work during pre-season bear fruit, as we kept the tempo high while our opponent started to tire and grant us more space. We clearly got the upper hand and applied more pressure on their defence with quick movement and passing. One such move led to the fifth goal after a nice one-two between Sylvain and Vince finished by Kevin with a cracker under the crossbar! 2-5.

The fact that our five goals were scored by five different players, highlighted the strong team performance even more, especially against a team that is known for not conceding many goals.

Squad: Slava, Thor, Sigve, Sean P., Tommy, Lewis, Nair, Andrea, Vince, Sylvain, Karim

Subs: Thomas 0., Thomas P., Thomas W., Kevin

Goals: Vince, Sigve, Andrea, Thomas P. and Kevin

Assists: Thor, Vince (3) and Thomas P.

MOTM : Vince

 

Report by Vince

FC Irlande Firsts claimed a point from their first game of the season with a late equaliser at home to newly promoted Euro Union.

Sean Plaice’s long-range effort found the visiting goalkeeper off his line, and was fitting reward for the team’s efforts in the preceding 65 minutes.

The Firsts took an early lead through Karim, who tucked away the rebound when the keeper fumbled Nair’s original effort from the edge of the box.

Going behind appeared to fire some life into Euro Union, who swiftly delivered two goals to the turn the match around.

Firstly, a smart piece of skill on the left flank took out three Irlande players, allowing the charging Euro Union midfielder room to pick his pass to the forward, who took a quick touch before firing low into the net.

Buoyed by their equaliser, Euro Union pressed forward and won a succession of threatening set-pieces – but it was from open play that their second goal came. Having seen their first cross cleared, Union kept the ball in play by the corner flag, centring a second time for their centre-back to power a bouncing header past the goalkeeper.

Much of the rest of the game was spent in the visitors’ half, but Irlande struggled to turn their share of the play into clear opportunities. Crosses failed to connect, while a few half-chances were scuffed and blocked. As both sides tired, the game became scrappier and the temptation to match Union’s more direct style grew harder to resist.

But with only minutes to go, the gamble on more direct play indirectly paid off. Throwing the ball back to defender Sean, the visiting goalkeeper set off from his line in anticipation of another deep cross into his area. That was all the invitation the Irlande man needed to loft the ball over the stricken stopper’s head and into the unguarded goal.

There was still time for a Union player, who hadn’t long been substituted onto the field, to leave a horrible mark on the game – and Nair’s leg. A completely brainless lunge in the midfield earned the perpetrator a red card, and Nair a trip to the hospital for some stitches. Having been kicked up and down the pitch all day by some of the less cultured opposition players, Nair more than earned his man-of-the-match award – it definitely wasn’t a sympathy vote. Definitely not.

A good point for the Firsts, then, and a fair result for all the lads’ hard work; with the addition of a little more incisive play in the opposition half, these kinds of matches can be turned into wins throughout the rest of this season.

MOTM: Nair

Goals: Karim, Sean Plaice

Assists: Nair

 

by Sean Gibson

It is on a beautiful grass pitch and under a warm sun that FCI 1st started its second friendly game this Saturday against Entente for the preparation of the 2018/19 season.

Four periods of 20 min and unlimited subs to test different configurations and players.

 

Actually it is with a good mix of “old” and new FCI players that Ireland started the first period. The first 10 minutes saw the Entente team mostly absent and disorganized, however FCI did not take advantage of it to bring some danger in front of their goal: only some shots from 20m outside the goal frame.

It is then with more confidence that Entente finished this first period using their good (indoor football) skills to make the difference in midfield and deliver good balls to their strikers who touched twice the posts of Eike’s goal.

After a short break, FCI came back on the pitch with a bit more of aggressiveness and a higher defense line lead by Thor and Thomas O. to press Entente midfielders. This lead to more spaces and balls for Irish strikers: Andrea received a nice ball from left wing, chest control and volley in one move finally blocked by Entente’s keeper; on left wing (again!) Robbie cleverly attracted and spread the opponent defense before to perfectly serve Sylvain, alone in center, who had just to softly win his duel against the keeper with a crossed shot. 1-0 for FCI!

 

The third period starts with an even higher and more aggressive pressing, lead in center midfield by Moubarrak who strongly disturbed Entente midfield. It is after a such pressing that Robbie found Karim on right wing who adjusted a very accurate cross (right between keeper and penalty spot) to Andrea who closed this superb team movement. 2-0 for FCI. FCI pressure kept increasing on an Entente’s team who started to get overwhelmed and lose its mind. Robbie logically obtained a penalty after a desperate fault from Entente’s center back: Karim took his responsibilities. 3-0 for FCI.

Short break to confirm the strategy: keep pressing high and strong and play as much as possible on ground using our great team organization. The game was definitely into FCI’s hands and except some isolated shots which allowed Eike to dazzle the public with some nice stops, Entente could not create any danger. At mid-period, on  a new collective attack from FCI, Luis got the ball just before surface line and triggered a powerful shot in the opposite top corner, superb! 4-0 for FCI. As it is the culture in FCI, everyone played until the last minute, and it is on a very collective movement enhanced by Moubarrak and Thomas W. passes, that Kevin scored the final goal. 5-0 for FCI!

 

Very good performance which is a good omen for the beginning of the official season next week.

Moubarrak obtained a well diserved Man of the Match for his impressive game!

Amb. Auderghem 2-3 FC Irlande
FC Irlande took a comfortable 3-2 victory over Ambiance Auderghem in this pre-season friendly, though they could have won by a greater margin.
Nonetheless it was a strong team performance against a possession-hogging opposition.  A strong start saw Irlande stealing the ball numerous times in the opposition half, building good pressure before Vince finished an incisive move, prodding home Thomas Earl’s through pass.
Ambiance kept the ball well thereafter, but were unable to do anything with it in the face of Irlande’s strong positional discipline and alert marking. A little way into the second half Sylvain and Thomas Peeters combined to release Vince, who beat his man on the right side of the area before firing low across goal into the bottom corner: 2-0 Irlande.
The home side looked deflated – but not for long, soon gifted a route back into the game by a very soft handball call by the referee, resulting in a penalty. Ambiance’s midfield playmaker, No. 8, hit a strong finish into the bottom-right corner to reduce the deficit.
As both sides tired, gaps appeared and mistakes became more frequent. Nair appeared to have put the game to bed with a little over 10 minutes to play, latching onto a short backpass and rounding the keeper to make it 3-1 to Irlande.
But only a few minutes later, at the other end, a misjudged header in the Irlande backline allowed the Ambiance winger in, with time to let it drop before powering the ball into the roof of the net.  It made for a slightly nervy, scrappy last few minutes, but Irlande retained their composure well and saw out the victory.
MOTM: Sylvain
Goals: Vince x2; Nair
Assists: Thomas Earl; Thomas Peeters; the Ambiance back-four.

All fixtures and results

#1 August 25, 2018 FC Irlande 1sts 3 - 2 Report Ambiance Auderghem 2
#2 September 1, 2018 Entente RACB 1 0 - 5 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#1 September 8, 2018 FC Irlande 1sts 2 - 2 Report Euro Union
#2 September 15, 2018 LXG Cinquant 2 - 5 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#3 September 22, 2018 FC Irlande 1sts 1 - 2 Report Coin du balais FC
#4 September 29, 2018 Choule Auderghem 1 2 - 2 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#5 October 6, 2018 FC Irlande 1sts 1 - 1 Report Mtm Fc 1
#6 October 13, 2018 La Lorraine Rfc 1 0 - 4 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#7 October 20, 2018 FC Irlande 1sts 1 - 3 Report Brussels Ltc 1
#8 October 27, 2018 Jefke Country 1 2 - 2 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#9 November 3, 2018 Portugal Fc 1 4 - 1 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#10 November 10, 2018 FC Irlande 1sts 4 - 2 Report Entente RACB 1
#11 November 17, 2018 Tourinnois Fc 1 2 - 7 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#12 November 24, 2018 FC Irlande 1sts 4 - 0 Report Higgins 1
#13 December 1, 2018 Euro Union 1 - 5 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#14 December 8, 2018 FC Irlande 1sts 0 - 1 Report LXG Cinquant
#15 December 15, 2018 FC Irlande 1sts 0 - 4 Report Brussels British R 1
#16 January 5, 2019 FC Irlande 1sts 1 - 2 Report Jefke Country 1
#17 January 12, 2019 Coin du balais FC 2 - 1 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#18 January 19, 2019 FC Irlande 1sts 2 - 0 Report Choule Auderghem 1
#21 February 9, 2019 Brussels Ltc 1 2 - 1 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#22 February 16, 2019 FC Irlande 1sts 1 - 2 Report Portugal Fc 1
#23 February 23, 2019 Entente RACB 1 1 - 0 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#20 March 2, 2019 FC Irlande 1sts 0 - 0 Report La Lorraine Rfc 1
#24 March 9, 2019 Brussels British R 1 2 - 1 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#25 March 16, 2019 FC Irlande 1sts 3 - 1 Report Tourinnois Fc 1
#26 March 23, 2019 Higgins 1 2 - 1 Report FC Irlande 1sts
# March 30, 2019 LXG Cinquant 3 - 1 Report FC Irlande 1sts
#19 April 6, 2019 Mtm Fc 1 1 - 3 Report FC Irlande 1sts

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FC Irlande 1sts

  • Coach : Thomas Otuszewski
  • Captains : Sigve, Nair and Sean P.

Top goals scorers

  • Sigve 11
  • Nair 8
  • Karim 5
  • Sean G. 5
  • Cillian 4
  • Tommy 4
  • Vince 3
  • Thomas P. 3
  • Andrea 2
  • Kevin 2
  • Mika 2
  • Sean Plaice 1
  • Kian 1
  • Sylvain 1
  • Maddy 1

Top goals assists

  • Tommy 6
  • Nair 5
  • Sigve 5
  • Vince 4
  • Karim 5
  • Sylvain 3
  • Sean P. 3
  • Cillian 2
  • Kian 2
  • Thomas P. 2
  • Lewis 2
  • Thor 1
  • Gaston 1
  • Tim 1
  • Rutger 1
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