Match Report – Saturday 30/01/2022
Higgins Vs FC Irlande – 1-5 (HT 1-3)
The firsts were taking on the bottom team Higgins at our old training ground in Auderghem looking to revenge the 2-1 loss at home in October. With coach Alvaro out due to Covid, caretaker Paul eyed the possibility to extend his winning streak with the first team to 8. We agreed to press them high from the start and managed to established a firm grip on the game with great support from a chanting 2nds team high on a 2-2 draw against Cobra and post-match beers. Rachid started well with a few shots just wide of their goal and two great free-kicks outside their box by Cillian and Arjan, which were well saved by their goalie, gave promise that we’d get our revenge. Only a face block from their defender, which left his special football glasses flying, denied Rachid a goal on a well taken shot, but a goal was certainly in the air. At around 15 minutes Cillan found Arjan with a pass inside the box, who with a quick well placed shot to the right of their goalie sent us up 1-0. Shortly after this we failed to win the ball back high up the pitch, they counter attacked with high precision to make it 1-1. Certainly unfair in terms of chances and possession, but we did not let that affect us. With 10 minutes to go Arjan played Sigve through on the left side in the box, who put the ball low to the right of the goalie to make it 2-1. Just before half time we got a free kick at 18 meters which Cillian nicely curled in to the right of the goalie.
It was an upbeat team at half time and we agreed that we should continue to press them high and kill the game. However Higgins made it difficult for us as they continued to lay low despite being down 3-1. We had most of the possession but without creating big chances. After 15 minutes Rachid played Sigve through on the right side, who cut inside past their defender and placed the ball in the corner with his left foot to make it 4-1 . Shortly after this sniper Rachid took aim from outside the box again, and with no defenders putting their face on the line, their goalie stepped up and took another face save. With a few minutes to go Arjan was played through on the left side, who neatly found Sigve in the box, but he took an extra touch and was closed down by their defender… however what seemed like a spilled chance for a hattrick, ended up with their goalie, still dizzy after the face save?, letting the ball through his feet in direction of the goal. A scramble between the goalie and Sigve on the goal line followed. It was a bit unclear if the ref whistled for a free-kick or a goal, but in the end a hattrick for Sigve and another assist for Arjen.
All in all a decent performance by the boys in green where all 13 players contributed to the win. Defence was solid, midfield played well and in attack we created enough chances to win the game comfortably. In the coming games we will face tougher oppositions starting with LXG at home next week. So to not lose sight of the Brits who are still 5 points ahead, let’s build on this and get to training. Up and onwards.
FC Irlande 1sts were back at home after 2 great away wins to face Higgins 1 on a slightly cold afternoon at Nosseghem. The game started on a positive note with our high press catching out the Higgins defenders and it led to some early pressure on them. We ended up with lot of passing on the top of their box but couldn’t really punish them.
Slowly Higgins started to play out from the back and beat our high press. Eventually one such occasion, they managed to put their speedy striker through who scored a good goal. 0-1.
After going down, FCI retained complete ball possession but were met with 2 lines of deep lying defence. It was a difficult challenge to find any space and it needed high intensity passing & movement which we lacked to be fair. After some good work in the middle from James & Rachid , we managed to find an opening through Alvaro who crossed it to Thomas to equalize. 1-1.
Great tackle from Lennart in the box helped stop another counter attack from Higgins as we approached HT.
Kevin came on for Alexander at HT.
Our objective was to go for the win but a slow start after HT led to a quick goal from Higgins to make it 1-2. After this point, Higgins made it extremely difficult at the back. Mo and Cillian came on to get us the equalizer. We had plenty of half chances, a fine save from Rachid’s long range effort, a close miss from a corner.
FT 1-2. A forgettable afternoon for the boys, we were just off the pace from the start and must simply start to look at all teams in this league with equal fear & respect.
Having said that, we have played some good football in the last weeks in tough situations.
We can definitely learn from this experience and adapt ourselves better for next time.
See you all in training and lets go again at LXG next week.
Thomas P is on fire🔥🔥🔥and our top scorer now. Keep it going Thomas