Femina White Star Woluwe D
A snowy and intense game today for FC Irlande Ladies III, which did not give up the fight.
The opponent got an indirect free kick inside FCI’s penalty area at the 5’. But it could not score thanks to a strong defence. White Star scores the first goal at the 20’. Despite the goal, FCI played well together, and at the 42’, Eva got a scoring opportunity, followed by a corner at the 57’. This was bad luck! The first half was very even, and FCI was definitely in the game.
Antonio gave us the opportunity to choose our second half strategy, which we all agreed to attack and “eat” them hard. That was some great motivation there!
The second half was full of twists and turns but not in our favour. At the 65’, a penalty was awarded to White Star, which found its second goal of the match. At the 67’, Antonia got the first yellow card of the season for FCI Ladies III for “moving away” from her shirt, the tiny young girl who was grabbing her for quite some time, and consequently, a foul was given to the opponent. Luckily, the yellow card was not marked in the official match sheet.
At the 72’, a second penalty was given against FC Irlande, allowing White Star to score the 3-0. After those two penalties, the last 15 minutes were quite tiring, morally and physically. As a matter of fact, 15 was also probably the age gap between the two teams. The match ended with the fourth and fifth goals scored by White Star, respectively at the 81’ and 85’.
FCI can be proud of the good fight and energy they put on the pitch today, as the opponent team was quite strong.
On Saturday, 8 October, FC Irlande Ladies III faced FC Femina White Star Woluwe Women D in an away game.
The first half of the match was fairly equilibrated. The first emotion of the game was given by Sanda, who, putting pressure on the opponent’s defence, had a brilliant chance to score. This kind of episode was more frequent in this match compared to the previous ones. The offensive line was more coordinated in its movements and provoked the White Star defence into making mistakes. The combination between this attacking pressure and the neat defence led the first half to the result of 0-0.
The second half does not differ from the first: great defensive tactics and pressure from the offensive players. Twelve minutes into the second half, White Star scored the match’s only goal. Despite the goal, the team remains focused and puts the mantra of staying close and tight into practice. Some shots were conceded but neutralised by Marie.
It was a Herculean task to express in words the FCI match; impossible to convey the team’s intensity and passion. For FCI, it was an outstanding result and performance against the team that is third in the league and has shown impressive scoring capacity. FCI played almost perfect in defence, not empty spaces in the middle of the field, always helping each other and not giving much away to the opponent. On a few occasions, our hearts beat fast thanks to the attacking efforts that gave us strong emotions.
The path we walked was winding, and the team had put in lots of commitment and work to arrive where we are today. In the last two games, we played against two overwhelmingly stronger teams than FCI on paper, but we gave the impression of standing up to them.
Excellent first time for Francesco as FCI Ladies III coach.