FC Irlande Auderghem Ladies C
For our last match of 2019, FC Irlande Ladies III played at home against Maccabi, in cold but festive Auderghem. It was an important match for the Girls in Green since winning would mean being bumped up to 2nd place in the league. Supporters were plentiful, including many children (though it is possible that they were there for St Nicolas).
It was always going to be an exciting game – the two teams were neck-and-neck in the league, motivation and fighting spirit were high, everyone was out for the 3 points.
FC Irlande dominated from the start and gave Maccabi very few chances. An early goal from Juliette secured us the 3 points.
There were some dramatic scenes as a Maccabi girl was taken off in a stretcher and into an ambulance (we hope it is nothing serious and that she will be back playing in no time).
Final score was 1-0, winning us the crucial 3 points and securing us 2nd place in the league.
We celebrated in the buvette with a drink from our sponsor Patrick from Escolit, followed by another drink and pizza at our other sponsor The Funky Monkey. Some of us then finished the night with karaoke in town.
We now look forward to the FC Irlande Christmas dinner next week where we will wrap up 2019 in style and go into 2020 hungry for the top of the league position.
On Friday evening, neither the freezing cold nor the talented team of Ixelles managed to defeat the Ladies in Green (the real ones, Ixelles’ shirts are more like a neon yellowish green). After few minutes and despite a very strong defensive block, a succession of inch-perfect passes served Maddi on the left flank whose right foot gave no chance to their goalkeeper. The opponent showed great determination and physical involvement but Ireland 3 did not break down and led the race until the end. A happy ending for a tough game, under the watchful eyes of Nina, who will leave us for other Austrian adventures. We will miss you!
Trick or treat
After a very confusing “trick or treat” where the opponents had notified a likely forfeit or a potential rescheduling due to the spooky holidays, finally it was confirmed one day before the match that the game was on. This “trick” had set off some of our players on holidays, so we came to the pitch very motivated to win against Etterbeek, the leaders of the league, currently one point ahead of us.
The first half was quite intense and none of the teams was left with much space or time for creativeness. We saw a lot of action around the midfield, great defense, positive talking and some attempts from both teams to break through. Mariana had some nice interventions in the goal in her usual excellent way and all players fought really well. 0-0 at halftime.
In the second half, with Niamh tightly closing the space for their key player nr 44, and all our players never giving up a ball, Etterbeek seemed to grew more tired, and we took over more and more the match. We had a few breathtaking attacks, but when the second half finished quite abruptly we had not managed to change the result 0-0.
Each player played very well, and we made a good team effort. Sadly we could not bring home the 3 points that would place us at the top of the league, but thanks to the “treat” of our coaches and of our amazing supporters, that outnumbered and by far “outvoiced” the home supporters, the mood of the girls in green was kept flying high.
Our supporters surely won this match and again our hearts!
“Luck of the Irish” abandons FC Irlande
On an unseasonably warm October evening, FCI Ladies III faced opponents AS Brussels City in Stade Communale Auderghem. With a vociferous home crowd looking on, Irlande were hoping continue their winning ways.
Strength in depth is always important in a long league campaign and with a number of key absences, Ladies III co-managers Rafa and Mathias were happy to reinforce the squad with members of the wider FCI Ladies Family, Lovisa and Anita. Meanwhile Ruth made her season debut in goal for the Girls in Green. Ably assisted by Coach Bubbles (Antonio who?), Ruth was as commanding a presence behind the defence as she is at the opposite end of the pitch.
With the speed of the Brussels City striker causing some early concern, leading to a panicked clearance or two from the sweeper (come back, Flavia!), it took FCI a few minutes to settle into the game. Once they started to string some passes together, however, things started to flow a bit better. Adeline, Audrey and Carmen combined well down the right a number of times, while Nina’s throw-ins and corners were proving difficult for the BC defence to deal with. Dounya was ploughing away as the lone striker, her speed and strength causing a number of problems for Brussels City. With Juliette providing another option for the FCI attack, the home team was dominating the first half. This period of dominance should have been rewarded but even though Dounya and Juliette managed to come close to scoring several times, the goal remained elusive. 10ish minutes before half time, Lovisa came on for the injured Adeline.
Co-manager Mathias, rumoured to be considering a move to full-time management, made changes to the formation at half-time, with Juliette moving to join Dounya in attack and Anita replacing Nina. FCI started the second half brightly, Anita sending some nice passes through the BC defence for Dounya and Juliette to chase down and even getting some shots away herself. Sadly, Lovisa had to be taken off with what medics later confirmed is a 5th metatarsal fracture (get well soon, Lovisa), so the home team played the remainder of the match with 10 players. Despite being a player down, FCI again had goal chances, Juliette in particular coming close when she hit the bar from the left. God Herself only knows how the ball stayed out of the BC goal. Honestly.
Unfortunately, the lack of a goal during the purple patch proved Irlande’s undoing as Brussels City scored first from a penalty, and then through a high cross that was guided over the line by the right winger. The FCI work-rate never went down, however, with captain Susana leading from the front and covering every blade of “grass” on the pitch. Sandra also worked tirelessly, first cutting out the threat from the BC striker, then moving into a midfield role and pushing forward at every opportunity as FCI went looking for a goal. Angela at left-back showed her fighting spirit as she grew into the game with each passing moment, exemplified when she bounced up immediately after getting a ball to the face from short range.
The full-time whistle saw FCI leave the pitch bitterly disappointed. The result certainly didn’t reflect the match as the statistics will show Irlande dominated possession, goal chances, work rate and probably anything else that can be measured. However, there was much to be positive about. The work going on in training can be seen on the field – a few shots from distance, nice passing and movement between midfield and strikers, working the ball out from the back, to name but a few.
Final word to A Capitã: “Our team played really well. We dominated the match and created a lot of scoring chances, but it was just one of those days when the ball just didn’t want to go in the goal. Looking forward to playing Brussels City again and having a score that reflects the reality on the pitch”.
The Ladies in green conquered an important point facing the team of Saint Michel, a technical team with young and fitted players and one of the major competitor for reaching the top of league.
The first half slipped by between intense ball exchanges and long running from both sides till the moment in which one of our historical player, Niamh, scored an amazing goal with a strong and extremely precise shot. No chance for the Saint Michel’s keeper to reach that amazing shot. Saint Michel kept the head up and after few minutes hit the crossbar during a fast and insidious action.
The second half of the game started pretty well for the Ladies in green thanks to some technical changes brought by our cunning coaches. An unfortunate event injured our Kenza, who was forced to leave the pitch once that all the substitutions were already done. Even though in 10 against 11, our ladies kept going fighting leaving small chances to the opponents to reach the draw … until the opponent right wing, after long run from midfield, passed the ball in the middle of our box hitting Flavia’s leg who finalized a wonderful goal on the wrong goal. Five minutes passed and the match was over.
On a rainy Friday evening, FC Irelande Auderghem played against the Football club Ganshoren.
The field was amazing, green, around the forest.
The best field the coaches have ever seen. We almost got two extra players for the game :).
And WHAT a game!! We scored 16 goals.
The first one was scored byJuliette on her first game and she didn’t stop after that one. She was hungry for 4 more.
Speaking about 4 goals, Dounya was incredible as well for her goals but also for her courage. She ran the entire match with a twisted ankle.
These goals would never happened without the incredible feet of Carmen.
She did 6 assists and 3 of her balls ended up in the fillet of the goalkeeper.
The other goals were scored by Kenza who ran like a lion on Friday, Audrey, Sandra and Gaëlle.
Thanks to our defense and midfield (Belinda, Made, Caroline, Suzi, Angela, Audrey, Nina) who saved some balls and make the ball turned around the field. We definitely played football :).
Finally, thanks to Marianna for bringing some Romance on the field and beside her goal with the help of Francesca.
See you next week girls and coaches.
FCI Ladies 3 faced RU Auderghem for the first derby of the season, with brand new and shine FCI jerseys! The ladies in green prepared for a tough fixture and were willing to fight for the victory until the last minute. The starting line-up in a classic 4-4-1-1 formation had Mariana on the goal, Flavia and Aya in central defence with Audrey and Angela as the full backs. The midfield was composed by Kenza on the left, Susana and Carol in the middle and Francesca on the right. Ruth played as number 10 and Carmen as the lone striker. Claire, who is recovering from a wrist surgery, was supporting the team as déléguée.
During the first half both teams had a few chances but RU Auderghem was the one managing to score at 38’. However, this goal did not defeat Ladies 3, whom managed to keep their composure and kept the possession of the ball for most of the second half. Half time came with two substitutions, as Dounya and Adeline came in for Kenza and Angela. On the 62’ the final substitution saw Gaelle replacing Carmen. The well-communicated link up play by the ladies through the second half finally led into a great offensive initiative of Francesca, who was fouled inside the 16-yard box. Auderghem got the only yellow card of the match and FCI was awarded with a penalty. Ruth took the penalty with a powerful and decisive shot equalising on the 66th minute.
The rest of the match was an intense fight until the very end. Despite both teams pursuing the victory, the game finally ended up 1-1 after fair and competitive 90 minutes of Auderghem derby! First draw of the season also means that Ladies 3 remain undefeated after the first three matches and continue the campaign with good spirits!
Ladies III took on the relatively newly-formed team Maccabi this weekend, with a victorious away win of 0-5, ensuring a start to the season at the top of the league.
Sept. 7th was the first day of the P3 championship for
the third team of the ladies in green. In the first 20
minutes of the home game, the 4-4-2 formation
succeeded in taking the control of the pitch. Several
goal occasions occurred until first goal from Dounya
with the help of her teammates at the 22nd minute of the
game – 1-0 for FC Irlande! The first half ended with a
great teamwork and amazing support from the
goalkeeper. Second half started with some new players
on the pitch. Ruth scored 2-0 in a penalty at the 63rd
minute of the game. Several occasions happened in
free-kicks, corners and tactic possession work on the
ball. Gradually, the 4-4-2 formation took again control of
the game with good mental and team-work on the
defensive, midfield and attacking lines. The game
ended with the score of 2-0 for the ladies in green
which marked a good start and great perspectives for
the new season! Vaaamos Irlande !!!!
The sun was shining on this historic day when FC Irlande’s third team put on their shoes to play their first game together in the cup against British United. In the locker room, Coach Rafa set the tone from the get-go by making the players feel their positions and move as a team. Captain Susana reminded players to communicate, play as a team and enjoy the football.
First half started with high pressure from British United but FCI managed to hold back for most of it with the exception of one goal scored in the 19th minute. Offensively, FCI had some good actions with Adeline coming through on the right flank and Ruth pushing forward as striker. In the 30th minute Claire suffered a bad tackle and had to leave the pitch with a broken wrist. We are hoping for a quick recovery!
In second half, Melanie replaced Ruth in midfield and Dounya took up the position as striker. Marilena came in in the 57th minute replacing Adeline on the right wing. FCI was fighting hard giving their all but the heath and high pressure was taking its toll and in
the 82nd minute British United scored 0-2 despite good actions from FCI with Dounya putting the defence under pressure, Kenza often getting through on the left flank, Susana and Caro fighting on the midfield and Marilena creating good occasions on the right wing.
Niamh was voted woman of the match after expertly guiding the central defence together with Claire – then Caro – then Sandra. Raphaële and Audrey guarded the wings running tirelessly throughout the game. Mariana took a hit on her hand in first half but after taping it pulled through and prevented many occasions by British United throughout the rest of the game.
Despite the result, a great first game with good fighting and team spirit shown on the pitch! We look forward to the season to see what this team can do together! COYGIG!
All fixtures and results
FC Irlande Auderghem Ladies C
- Coaches : Mathias Neelen & Rafael Martinez Neira
- Captains : Francesca Cattarin & Susana Fouto
Top goals scorers
- Juliette 8
- Dounya 6
- Francesca 4
- Carmen 4
- Ruth 2
- Rebecca 2
- Caro 1
- Sandra 1
- Kenza 1
- Audrey 1
- Niamh 1
- Gaelle 1
- Madeleine 1
Top goals assists
- Carmen 6
- Flavia 4
- Dounya 2
- Rebecca 1
- Francesca 1
- Audrey 1