K. St.-Truidense V.V.A
3 points! 3 points! 3 points!
Well deserved win by FC Ireland Ladies I this weekend with 1:3 against Truidense.
Possibly it was due to the sprint sessions right before kickoff. Possibly Isa’s special music selection in the changing room. Possibly it was the motivational speech of the coaches – FCI was awake FROM MINUTE ONE, pressed high, communicated well and scored two early goals – very well deserved!
Sarah Heated Herby, our number 10, put us ahead with a beautiful shot into the top left of the goal. A short time later Juliette aka JuJu increased to 2-0. To be highlighted are Momo‘s defensive skills: Unfortunately FCI lost the ball in the build-up play, so she rugby tackled the opponent. Shortly before halftime Louise scored the 3-0 with a nicely placed shot into the lower left corner. In the second half, the opponent managed to reduce it to 3:1 by a mistake in the build-up play of FCI.
Always a pleasure to increase the coaches blood pressure for the last 20 minutes of each game. Four points in two weeks but many more to come!!
In an iconic smash hit that ultimately went on to become 2009’s song of the summer, the Black Eyed Peas left us with the words “I have a Feeling that Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night”. Few knew that when they said “tonight” they were actually referring to the fateful evening of September 17, 2022 when the ladies of FCI would go on to have a great night and dismantle their opponents, K. St.-Truidense, 3-1 on the Auderghem pitch.
The ladies in green came out with a drive and desire to seize the coveted 3 points. From the first whistle they pressed the opponents with a high line. In a rather unfortunate turn of events, Irelande found themselves down a goal when a distant free kick by the opponents caught not only our ladies off guard but also an STVV head and then the back of the net. Irelande welcomed the challenge of coming back from a goal down. Not more than a few minutes later, after a hard-fought win of the ball from our striker Juliette, Mel did what she does best by slipping the ball into the net from nothing short of a Spectacular angle. The fun continued when French Sarah (not to be confused with American Sarah or Finnish Sara) oh so gracefully lobbed the ball over the opponent’s goalkeeper in a breath-stopping shot from the top of the box. With a few minutes left in the first half, a through-ball by Magda was perfectly swooped up by Mel, who cheekily dribbled around the keeper and gave our ladies a nice 3-1 lead at the half.
The second 45 minutes were marked by a stalwart commitment of boxing the opponents out and maintaining Irlande’s comfortable lead. Huge kudos to a freshly-minted duo in the center back—American Sarah and German Sophia (aka Sophia) used their combination of speed, body strength, and ball control to keep the shots on Olatz’s goal to a minimum. They were blessed with the support of Louise who seamlessly connected our defense with our offense. We also commend Finnish Sara and Cintia for putting their bodies on the line when challenging for every long ball sent by the opponent down the sides, and we wish these two heroes speedy recoveries from the bodily ailments sustained during the course of this match.
In summary, the ladies played a lovely bit of football to claim their first victory of the season. We look forward to many more points, emotions, and funky evenings in the coming weeks.