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Irish ladies faced ASE Chastre C Saturday evening. The late hours and the rain did not discourage players nor supporters. It was an important match for FC Ireland, playing at home and fighting for the second spot of P2.
The rain stopped just before the beginning of the match. Alex advised the ladies about the tactics of the opponent and gave good tips on how to win the game and avoid the opponents’ offside trap.
Both teams played with high lines, which required a lot of concentration from the whole team. Most balls were being disputed on the mid-fieled area.
The first goal resulted from a high pressure from Ellie, which forced the goalkeeper to make a tight pass to the defender. Lisa, who was pressuring on the left side, cut the pass and shoot straight to the top right corner of the goal. The goalkeeper had no chance. Ladies in green were leading the score.
A couple of minutes after, a beautiful team play resulted in the second goal for FCI. Chris recovered the ball from the mid- field and gave a long pass on the left to Lisa, who sprinted, gained the defense and made a perfect pass to the penalty point. Ellie was waiting for it and did not hesitate to shoot to the goal, beat the goalkeeper and give the ladies in green the second and final goal.
The first half of the match came to an end. During the break, Alex praised our game but advised us to keep the focus. The game was not won yet. The substitutions were done in both team quite early in the second half and the game gained a new dynamic. Chastre kept playing long balls to their new striker but the central defense of Marion and Claire, together with Ruth on the goal, managed to avoid any major treats to FCIs goal.
The closest chance Chastre had to score was on a penalty, whistled by the referee 10min before the end of the match. The ball was shot above the top right corner.
The ladies in green kept attacking and almost scored the 3rd goal on the last minutes of the match. Lucille recovered the ball on the right, dribbled the defense and crossed to the penalty point, where Ines Dubois shoot to the left side of the goal.
The final score was set, 2-0. Both teams played well and fought to the end, but the Irish ladies created more goal opportunities and deserved the win.
One step closer to that Champagne…
Starting line up: Ruth, Lovisa, Marion, Claire, Susana, Andrea, Nawal, Chris, Raph, Lisa and Ellie.
Subs: Lucille, Ines D. and Sandra
Today, the match was not supposed to be very difficult since the ladies in green played
against the second to last of the championship; but they had to win this match to go ahead, to
raise to the second position.
Only one objective in mind, Victory ! There are 3 remaining matches to make all the
Entrance of the FC Irlande, more self-confident than ever, determined to win the match.
As of the first few minutes, the green warriors demonstrated their technique with a series of
goals, 1-0, 2-0, 3-0…
The tone was set. There were some good actions from the defending team, besides the great
defense of the FCI and its exceptional goalkeeper who responded quickly and instinctively,
which prevented the opponent to score any goal at half time.
The second half time starts, and the green girls will fight until the end ! We can feel even
more fervor and this becomes a festival with a score of sixth goals for FCI P2 !
At the end of the match, the opponent scores 1 goal and the final whistle blows.
Final result 6-1, P2 objective has been acheived ! Let’s keep our fingers crossed !
Best Game of the season (so far!) for the Girls in Green according to all football correspondents !
Tension was at its highest at the beginning of game. The GiG knew they were facing a tough and particularly physical opponent (2nd in the ranking).
The spectators were looking forward to a high intensity game and indeed, they were not disappointed !
From the first minute until the last, both teams demonstrated that they deserved to finish in the top 3 at the end of the season. Football champagne, as the French commentators qualified this clash.
The spirit was upbeat and the team focused. The ladies showed great football with beautiful triangle passes between Anita, Lotte and Andrea. The first half was balanced, with several attempts for both teams. Just before the halftime, the GiG took advantage with a tremendous goal from Andrea (sorry for Belgium, but there is only one Carrasco, and she is playing with us !). This goal allowed the GiG to start the 2nd half with high confidence and serenity, which led to a “doublé” of Andrea. A beautiful 3rd goal by Steph just before the 60’ seemed to have closed the game. But it was without counting on the incredible desire to win of Jodoigne. Taking advantage of a decreased concentration of the GiG, the Number 4 (who appeared to be Lotte’s sister -Family derby 😉 ) scored 10 minutes before the end of the game. Less than 5 minutes after, Jodoigne scored again on an unbeatable header from a corner.
At this point, Jodoigne was galvanized and the GiG highly disoriented. Who could blame them? They were winning 3-0 and 2 minutes before the final whistle, the opponent was closed to equalizing !
The last 2 minutes were the longest the GiG have ever lived. In the very last action of the game, the striker of Jodoigne tried an ultimate “échappée” but Marianna THE wall, was there to break her dream of victory and bring back Jodoigne to reality : a defeat.
The final whistle corresponded to an explosion of joy and allowed the supporters to start breathing again. The celebration was at the measure of the challenge : all night long !
They whisper in my ear that a deal has been agreed between their Coach and the GiG about champagne (rosé) and finishing in the top 3 but the details still remain secret and we won’t know more until the last game of the season.
To the victory ! To the Champagne ! Come on Ireland !
Starting Line Up : Mariana, Susana, Flavia, Claire, Lovisa, Lotte, Andrea, Anita, Steph, Ines, Francesca
Subs : Lucille, Sandra, Raph
It was supposed to be a calm and rather easy-going meeting. The first feels-like-spring sun beams pampered the Earth, lullabying us into this sleepy mood of tranquil relaxation… But as we were to learn very soon, it was only the lull before the storm – in the end the game turned out to be a full-fledged horror!
Throughout the whole match: from the first minute until its very end – the girls in green (this time referred to the ROFC Stockel host team, in opposite to FC Ireland playing exceptionally in white) were attacking furiously, with an absolutely unexpected – from the equipe of the lower part of the league table – power and determination. The somewhat deconcentrated, confused and even intimidated to a certain extent our Irish ladies seemed to be as if unfit to find their confidence and make use of their experience. Notwithstanding some kicks on the goals that literally couldn’t bother less neither of the goalies, the teams arrived at the break with unsatisfying draw 0:0.
Some elaborate and sophisticated “explanation” and “encouragement” (OK, let’s name it as it truly was: powerful and very needed scolding off) by Alex the Coach achieved its aim: the more professional FC Ireland regained the control. One of carefully crafted exchanges, starting from Lotte in the mid-field, through Francesca and Anita in offensive run, reached Lucille’s foot just in front of the empty goal, leaving the Stockel defence in total disarray and despair, and resulting in a bolstering 1:0 to Ireland.
By the end of the game, a myriad of mistakes, unfortunates and bad-lucks mixed in drunken dozes with brilliant actions and excellent situations almost led to a mental breakdown of both teams and their supporters. But it was our team that secured the victory firmly with our ekhm, legs and didn’t let it slip anymore.
ROFC Stockel – FC Ireland 0:1 (Lucille)
The ladies in green enthusiastically showed up to our home pitch, determined to take on Ixelles, only one point above us in the current league ranking.
The coach decided to switch it up a bit and had us play in a 4-4-2 system, focusing on playing close together, moving around the pitch together, and always offering passing options to our teammates.
The game started well, with our two attackers – Myriam and Anita – pushing forward, well supported by the midfield. This resulted in our first goal, Anita taking the time to place her ball very well in the lower corner of the goal. 1-0 for Ireland. The rest of the first half continued rather slowly, with a bit too many missed passes between the ladies in green and the defensive line suffering from the swift attack of Ixelles, four girls playing fast and smart. We conceded a first goal to Ixelles shortly after scoring ours, followed by another one. 1-2. Finally, right before the first end of the first half, Ruth scored and equilized the game!
We had a very constructive talk in the lockers over the half time break and went back out on the pitch, with the firm intention of improving our play based on the lessons learned in the first half. This payed off with a great goal by Myriam only 3 minutes after the start of the half. We were back in the lead. However, Ixelles had the opportunity to come back 3-3 on a free-kick. For the remainder of the game, the girls in green pushed strong to get another goal. We did not get to score but held our ground to finish the game 3-3, which is overall not a bad result.
Starting lineup: Marie, Pauline-Marion-Fanni-Lovisa, Agnes-Christina-Ruth-Nawal, Myriam-Anita.
Subs: Lotte for Christina, Sandra for Anita, Raph for Nawal
Ice cold rain and a pitch that consisted more of mud than of grass, but the greens fought well from start and never lost the fighting spirit! The slippery pitch made the ball bounce in unpredictable ways and initially the team backed down and was a bit low in the field, but the longer the game went on, the better positioned they were. The oponent’s turnovers continued to pose a threat however, and despite an exellent goal keeper and a heroic defence (best illustrated by Flavias save on the goal line), the greens were down 0-1 in half time. Second half was green altogether and the ladies managed to play their own game, which payed off in a well deserved goal scored by Nawal. Last minutes were pure fighting spirit, as the mud made it difficult just to stay on your feet, but the greens fought all the way and could go home with a well deserved point!
The ladies in green played in very cold conditions and with a hard pitch. It was a good match without goals but we saw some occasions. In the first half, the irish ladies got two big occasions including one on the post.
The second half was like the first, with less intensity but a few occasions from both sides. During this half, Mariana did two important stops to keep the null score.
The new year is off to a flying start and gave a hint of what 2019 will be – intensive ! The ladies in green created a number of opportunities to score during the first half. The efforts were finally rewarded in the beginning of the second half with a one/two that ended on the bottom left hand corner of the goal thanks to Francesca ! FCI fought to the end and started 2019 on a 0-1 victory!
The ladies in green had a wonderful performance despite the rainy and windy weather occurred during the match’s evening.
In the first time Lucille finalized a great assist and brought our team on the 1-0. After 20 minutes, FC Suryoyes Bruxellois scored the 1-1 with a powerful shot.
Time to go to the changing room for a break from the heavy rain and the difficult conditions of the pitch.
Not even ten minutes from the start of the second time and Lisa scored a fabulous goal which gave us the advantage. Short after, Nawal confirmed our superiority on the field with a wonderful net. The opponents had the time to finalized another goal, but it was not enough for ruining our great victory.
3-2 for the ladies in green!
On a typically Belgian drizzly Saturday afternoon, the Girls in Green faced the reigning champions White Star at their home ground, Stade Fallon. After a painful 0-8 defeat at home earlier in the season, the ladies went into the match as the underdogs, knowing that the upcoming 90 minutes were not going to be the easiest.
Nevertheless from the very first whistle, the girls in green went in with the typical Irlande fighting spirit, putting pressure on White Star’s back line immediately, and testing their keeper with a few early shots on goal. With some one-touch football and lots of clever play between Lisa, Nawal in midfield and Ines upfront, Lisa was put in a prime position to smash the ball into the net around the 20 minute mark. 0-1. White Star came back strong and about 10 minutes later, their wingers outpaced our defense and put in an annoyingly stunning equaliser 1-1.
Never giving up, Irlande continued to play some of their best football of the season, with interplay between all sides of the pitch: from our defensive line down the wings to Lucille and Ellie, crossing into Lisa and Ines. This allowed Ines to outpace the defense and put a strong shot into the right hand corner: 1-2. Minutes later, Lisa put another one past the keeper into the corner to make it 1-3. Seconds before the halftime whistle, White Star demonstrated their strength once again with another unstoppable shot past Keeper Marie. The ladies came back to the changing room at halftime: aching, bruised, but proud of their performance so far. However, it was clear the last 45 minutes were really going to put Irlande to the test.
Unfortunately for Irlande, the second half demonstrated why White Star consistently top our league table. Whilst Irlande tried their best to continue with the same intensity as the first half, White Star came out on top. Despite the heroic efforts of Pauline (right-back) and Lovisa (left-back), together with Lotte and Madde in the middle, White Star’s speedy wingers continually outpaced us, allowing them to play their best football and put into the back of the net a sequence of tricky shots. Goalie Marie helped keep Irlande in the game by making some Pickford-esque saves with all body parts (face included, ouch.) but even the fresh legs of Kenza, Steph and Philippine around the 60 minute mark could not make a dent in White Star’s defensive wall.
Final score: 6-3, a disappointing result to one of the fiercest games Irlande has fought – one which Irlande can truly be proud of. Special thanks to stand-in coach Guja for the much-needed motivation and her very Italian screaming from the sidelines 😉
On a foggy Sunday morning, the ladies in green met at Chastre with the firm objective of bring home the 3 points.
The key messages for team were to play together and talk on the pitch, as well as to focus on the positioning as Chastre plays the offside really well with a high defense and close lines of players.
It took us about a half time to get used to the system and learn how to take advantage if Chastre’s way of play. The first half ended on 0-0, with only a few occasions for the attack to play long balls sent ahead by the mid-line or the defensive line.
During the second half, the ladies in green had figured out how to take advantage of Chastre’s high defensive line and scored a first goal on a beautiful team play passing the ball around between the offensive midfield and the striker.
0-1: Ines, assist Anita.
The ladies remained focused and continued putting pressure on Chastre, resulting in an other goal by Ines following a long ball over Chastre’s defense. 2-0! This could have been the end of it, but Chastre’s attack seized their opportunity on a risky kickout by FCI to score one. 2-1.
The ladies in green locked the game and stood strong until the final whistle.
Good win for the FCI on the last match of the first segment, finishing 3rd in the rankings before a series of tough match-ups starting next week.
We started the match very motivated, with nice kickouts from Ruth when defense played back. She also played very good long balls. Then, Virg recived an assist coming from the right side and scored the 1-0. Fra and Inés Dubois did nice runs on both wings. We continued playing well and Lotte changed sides. We had a good corner from Inés DLS, but someone should have gone for a header.
Then, we had an other corner but we still needed someone to be at the second post. After a good acceleration from Fra, she centred the ball and Anita scored our second goal. 2-0. Then, after a good cut from Delph’s, the opponent won a duel and scored their first goal. 2-1.
After the halftime we were very focused and fought for each ball. We changed three players and continued playing very well. Then, after a good duel, the ball was passed to Inés DLS who shoots and scored the last goal of the match. 3-1. We continued playing with intensity untill the end.
On a sunny Autumn Sunday morning, the ladies in green headed to Jodoigne to play against the 3rd team in the league, just one point above them. The game promised to be tight. The starting line-up was: Susana, Flavia, Lotte and Sandra in defense, Raphaele and Francesca on the wings, Nawal, Ines de la Serna, Stephanie in the middle, Lucille as striker and Mariana in the goal.
On the sunny and windy pitch, FC Irlande ladies obtained the good side to start with and dominated the first half, by playing good football. Quick and clean passes didn’t leave much space to Jodoigne. Stephanie opened the score with in a beautiful goal. Unfortunately, Jodoigne equalised before halftime.
During the 2nd half, Lovisa, Ines D and Melanie came into the game. Unfortunately, things didn’t start very well with Jodoigne putting in a second goal within the few first minutes. Despite, some nice centers from Raphaele, the FC Irlande ladies didn’t manage to take the advantage. This second half was not the most fascinating, as the game got stuck along one side line with multiple throw-ins. Throw-ins were a theme during this game, FC Irlande ladies left Jodoinge a bit disappointed, but determined to work on the throw-ins amongst other things.
The ladies in green took 15 minutes to wake up… Once they did, the ball was theirs. In the second half they proved it by scoring 3-0. The first one was for Ellie. The second one was a beautiful shot from Lucille. And to finish this great second half, the captain, Sandra, fought to put the ball in the goal on a corner!
Ladies II faced Ixelles this Friday evening. The game started very well, in the first thirty-five minutes the Ladies created some occasions with Raphaële, Anita, Lotte and Sophie. The team was playing strong and dominated the first half! The girls in green kept believing in themselves as well as in their teammates. The first half ended on a 0-0.
The second half was a more difficult because Ixelles came back on the pitch with the will to win this game. A first nice shot came from the opponents, but our goalie Mariana did a wonderful stop that kept us in the competition for the three points. At the 60th minute, Francesca left the field for Lucille. Ixelles kept fighting until their first goal 1-O. Then Raphaële left the field for Sandra and a few minutes later Lotte changed, because of an injury, and Ellie took her place. The ladies in green kept their heads up and Lucille changed the game with her first goal (and her first match with the Ladies) : 1 – 1. The Ladies had some other chances, but they were unlucky. Two minutes before the end of the game Ixelles had the opportunity to win the game: 2 – 1.
Despite the score, this was the best match of our Ladies II. The key words : team spirit and great football!
Sunday morning and the ladies II girls woke up very motivated after having spent a great “Canadian Thanksgiving” weekend together. After having indulged in great food, carefully prepared by our favorite chef Sof, the team had – lots of – extra energy to spend during the game!
The girls in green pressed from the beginning and early on opened the score. The team was playing strong and barely took note of the hot weather that was back to Belgium but the pitch looked more like a potato field than a football ground and that created an extra level of difficulty. The first half ended with the FCI ladies leading 1 – 5 … but that didn’t mean it was an easy game. The ball was bouncing all around and it was very hard to keep the ball on the ground.
In the second half the heat started to catch-up with us and it was hard to keep the intense rhythm we had started the match with, but we managed the game well enough to finish with 2 – 5 on the score so everyone could go vote happily after another great win.
FC Irlande – Ladies II vs. Mt. St. Guibert, 6/10/2018 Auderghem Belgium
The game hosted by FC Irlande started calmly and evenly, as both teams took time for eloquent probing of each other. With every minute however The Ladies in Green were diligently gaining field inch by inch, armed in coach Alex’s golden tools carved carefully for the night: Attention and Communication.
In short time the team of Mt. St. Guibert was faced with our constant presence on their half, culminating in robust attacks, run via both the wings (Lovisa and Sandra, later Ruth), as well as the middle (Anita, Sofie, Marion and Lotte), in search of the striker (Raphaële, later Ines). After dramatic dribbling in the penalty field and a couple of dangerous attempts on the goal, Flavia wisely took control of the bouncing ball, hitting it hard straight into the right window, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance and all the players simply speechless. This breathtaking goal cleared the path for other ones in the second half by Lisa, who delighted the public with her wide spectrum of football skills, scoring the second goal for Irlande after dribbling quarter of the pitch, the third from a free kick, and final one from a penalty.
Our defense (Pauline, Flavia, Delphine, including Mariana as THE goalkeeper) continues to pride our team, too: the line was almost impregnable for the Red—And-Black Stripes, with one and only counterstrike resulting in one and only and lucky – though deserved – goal for the Guests from Mt. St. Guibert.
Final score: 4:1 (1:1) for FC Irlande!
Ps. Special thanks to our supporters that night: you basically shielded us from enormous pressure exerted by the other team and its fans. Chapeau bas to you girls and boys!
FC Ireland entered the pitch with a special coach formation of Mariana, Dastan and Carmen armed with Alex’s instructions.
During the whole game our girls dominated the pitch. Our defense line with Flavia, Lotte, Pauline and Lovisa did an amazing job. Thanks to great teamwork, they got a lot of off-sides. We have learned to play more and more with our goalie Mariana.
In the 30th minute Girls in Green had a offensive corner. Lotte got the chance to shoot and kicked it straight in the goal! Already 0-1 for us! Union Lasne Ohain got through very little, but in the last minute of the second half they made use of it efficiently, resulting in a 1-1 during half time.
The opponents played with a very high defense line which gave us some trouble with off-side. Fortunately, our speedy Francesca gave everything and scored two amazing goals!
All in all, we see a tremendous progress. Huge thanks to all the help-coaches for advising and shouting us through the game!
Final score 1-3 for FC Ireland
A motivated team, with an even more motivated coach, lined up under 90 minutes of light rain, ready for our first 3 points of the season. The Irish ladies dominated most of the match but Boisfort had some dangerous moments, including some created by a very fast young attacker. While the first half ended on 0-0, in the second half Lisa gave us the lead through a penalty. In this joy, the girls in green lost temporarily their focus and – just the minute after – Boisfort equalized on another penalty. Luckily, following a direct freekick by Lisa, the opponent’s goalkeeper choose to try to stop the slippery ball on her feet which gave us the final score of a well-deserved 2-1. The celebration went on into the night :-).
On a nice Septembre evening, the ladies in Green went to meet F.C. Survoyés for their second game of the season.
The spirit was upbeat and the team focused. The ladies showed some great football with beautiful triangle passes between Lisa, Ellie, Lovisa and Marion that brought us a first goal attempt. The first of many.
Then followed several attempts by Ellie and Lisa, assist from Sandra.
Unfortunately on a corner, the ladies in green let in a goal.
On the defensive side, Flavia and Susana epically defended our goal and managed to turn the game more than once towards attack.
Lovisa made yet another attempt on the left side.
During second half, Ruth and Lisa made some further attempts. A second goal on a corner was scored by F.C. Survoyes, but ladies kept their fighting spirit. Francesca came in fresh in the second half. Her entrance was followed by a beautiful goal by Lisa from the right side to the left goal corner.
The opponents played less football then relied on long balls from their goalie. The ladies in green can be proud of their game and will continue working to turn the next game into a victory.
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FCIrlande Auderghem Ladies2
- Coach : Alex
- Captains : Mariana Fissel & Sandra Andersson
Top goals scorers
- Lisa 13
- Virginie 4
- Ines DLS 3
- Francesca 3
- Lucille 3
- Ellie 3
- Andrea 2
- Anita 2
- Steph 2
- Flavia 1
- Lotte 1
- Philippine 1
- Sandra 1
- Ruth 1
- Myriam 1
Top goals assists
- Anita 2
- Steph 1
- Francesca 1
- Lisa 1