FC Kosova Schaerbeek
Saturday afternoon the ladies III visited the lovely neighborhood of Schaerbeek to face the ladies of FC Kosova on their home pitch. This time no dramatic scenario’s in the cold rain or snow, but a lovely spring afternoon. Our ladies arrived with a fighting spirit, ready to bring another 3 points home and assure our place in the first 5! We knew though it could become a tough match, as the ladies of FC Kosova made an impressive comeback in the ranking, being the team that had the most points in the last 10 games!
The game started slow, but FC Irlande kept pushing the ball forward and kept most of the possession, even though the opponents managed to create some chances themselves, they were not too dangerous for our defense line and our 5th defender Marianna.
After 25 minutes Juliette received the ball in the perfect position allowing her to make a fine run towards the goal, the defense couldn’t keep up, which gave Juliette plenty of time to score our first goal. The rest of the first half was not intense, it seemed that our ladies had difficulties to get the energy level up and we went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
During half-time our stand-in coach John woke us up with a pep talk. We had to get more intensity into the game. We made some changes in the positioning and the 4 ladies on the bench were also more than ready to give all of themselves on the pitch! So, we went out confident and ready to score another goal!
We were back to our best, playing with a lot of possession and quality. This lead to several chances and eventually Sarah slotted in our second. We were hungry for more and kept pushing. Our midfield and defense hardly let them get close to the goal. 10 mins before full time, Juliette sent a low shot into the goal to put the game to bed. Some heroic goalkeeping towards the end made sure we maintained a clean sheet. 3-0 to Irlande to make it six wins in a row.
Our Ladies III showed once again some great ballplay in the midfield, our wings fast as always and a strong standing defense!
After losing a tight game the week before Ladies 3 went in search of the first points of this season in their first home game. Opponent FC Kosova brought an FC Irlande classic with them as a coach, the one and only Men’s 1 Michael. Rumour has it he is a nice person and good coach, so FC Irelande was warned. As there was no ref to start the game we had a very professional replacement that started the game before being replaced by another ref after 20 minutes.
The game itself was a pleasure to watch, two teams that played an open game and looked for the passes. FC Irlande proved to be the better team as they opened the score after only 3 minutes with a beautiful build up that ended by Juliette scoring on assist by Francesa. The second goal followed around 15 minutes later where Rebecca sent Fra alone towards the goalie and she placed it calmy to her left. Before halftime it was Julliette (again on assist from Francesca) that put in the 3-0. FCI was very dominant and could’ve scored one or two more.
In the second half the game was balanced the first 20 minutes. Sandra took the first yellow card of the season (which could’ve been a red), a bit later Fra got pulled down in the box: penalty! Julliette was in a forgiving mood as she placed the penalty perefectly in the hands of the opposing goalkeeper. As darkness fell Kosova scored three 3-1. The final goal came by Julliette again: 4-1. A beautiful performance from the team that shows a lot of progress. And with the newcomers that are eager to make their debut we can tell you: ladies 3 will surprise everyone this season!