FC Irlande Vets 1
A great autumn day to play football in Forest, and a return to one of our favourite venues where we always get a great result. In this case, a great result is being able to keep the opposition from getting into double figures.
The team was as follows:
Euros – Paul S. – Christian R. – Federico
David R. – David G. – Mustapha – Manu T.
Carlos – Sean
Enzo & Abdel
But in traditional F.C.Irlande fashion, arrival an hour before kick-off was not respected by all players. Paul J. in goal arrived 2 minutes before kick-off. And with the referee keen to start, Paul ended up getting changed next to his goal. It reminded us all of a dog marking his territory and daring anyone to enter his patch.
When the game started, Forestois clearly had been watching Paul mark his patch as they seemed to be unable to score. As always, they were creating plenty of space and were breaking quickly. But somehow they weren’t able to score. Paul was on fire in goal and made a few great blocks when they were through on goal. And when they got past Paul, the hit the post (with the ball arching around the other goal post of a corner) and on a 2 on 1 in front of goal, their striker somehow mis-controlled and the chance was gone (obviously still thinking of Paul marking his territory).
Finally the first goal did come with some flowing passes where Paul was unable to save us again. Would that first goal lead to the opening of the floodgates? Possibly…
But F.C.Irlande were also playing some very good football with David, Musti and Manu creating plenty of space and making the opposition defence a little nervous. And the good work by F.C. Irlande paid off with a well worked goal being finished by Manu with an assist from David G.
Now as someone who was not expecting to write a match report, the order of the next two goals gets a little foggy. I seem to remember that F.C. Irlande made it 2-1 with a goal by David G. and an assist by David R. But we couldn’t stop Forestois who equalized before half time.
At half time, we made one change with Paul S going off and Abdel coming on at left back. In the second half, F.C. Irlande were well in the game with plenty of ball possession but with Forestois still looking dangerous on the break. But F.C. Irlande’s good work paid off and a third goal came from a lovely pass from Sean to Carlos – and Carlos finished with a deft chip of the goalkeeper. 3-2 to F.C. Irlande against Forestois no less!! Unfortunately, Carlos’s celebratory double back flip was less successful and he had to be substituted immediately, being replaced by Enzo.
Now I would dearly love to stop the match report here but I guess that we have to provide a true record of the day. Forestois were able to come back and their equalizer was as unlucky as they get. Forestois created some space and got a shot on goal with Paul blocked, and the follow-up (or two follow-ups?) was also blocked by Paul, the ball ends up on the left hand side of the goal where a harmless cross/shot hits David R on the arm from about 1 meter. Nothing that David could do – but sadly the decision was right given the stupid new FIFA rules. The penalty was scored with a shot to Paul’s left hand side (I will stop here to remind Paul that the ball went to his left – and that he should dive to his left next time with a right footed penalty taker – I think you’ve got the point now J).
At 3-3 there was still hope but a fourth came after a clear push on David G in our penalty area which was not seen by the referee, and the ball was finally worked to one of their strikers who scored a scrappy goal.
While F.C.Irlande had worked hard all game, we were informed in the bar afterwards by the team psychologist (Paul S.) that we lost belief and energy after the fourth goal. Psychology training session to follow before next week’s game…
A fifth goal finally came and it was another scrappy one – the last one may be given as an own goal , hitting Euros close to the goal line, but I am sure that other team members will have a better recollection of what actually happened.
So that was it, final score 5-3. We all complained about the referee and his decisions (which were poor but he did his best) but we came away with a respectable result that we can build on.
Man of the Match (or was that man of the patch…?) went to Paul J for his numerous saves on the day (9 votes) – with David G. getting close with 8 votes.
Personally, I would like to thank Paul S. for his compliment in the bar afterwards (“I’d forgotten what an annoying bastard you can be on the pitch, Euros” J). All part of the fun.
Well don Vets 1 for a great effort, hopefully this will lead to a few more positive results this year!
Vets1 with a comfortable 3-0 win v Campomaiorense. David with a penalty, 1-0 at ht. Controlled the game, David missed a second penalty, them an Og after a great move down the right. Third from Manu, ran through, rounded the keeper, lovely finish. Nice result.
Vets 1 lost 2-4 to amb. auderghem. we took the lead through… ok this is worrting, I have no recollection of how we scored our 1st goal. Then had a few chances to make it 2-0, one of them a great crossbar followed by a follow up open goal chance, but it stayed 1-0. Opposition equalised before the half with a goal that maybe could have been called off as a foul on the defender. They went ahead with a great shot before David did a Leo messi run to score an incredible 2nd goal. 2-2. They then scored two more and we lost. Good competitive game of football though, we just need to learn how to win these.
We lost 4-0.
Vets1 were playing Jefke,one of the top sides in the division,who dominated and kept possession for most of the game . 3 lousy goals were conceded within a few minutes. Alvaro scored to pull it back to 3-1 and hit the bar a few minutes later. At HT 4-1 .
2nd half started on a similar note and a 5-1 was scored. A bunch of minutes of frustration led to a final score of 7-1
Nossegem _ Alvaro’s first-half brace had FC Irlande Vets I feeling confident but visiting Royal
Brussels British 5 battled back and (br)-exited Nossegem with a point in a rain-drenched 2-2
draw on Saturday.
The Irish controlled play early in the derby and were rewarded when Manu was fouled and
Alvaro spun a free kick around the British wall and into the net from 30 years out.
Around the half-hour mark, Manu fed Alvaro into space behind the defense and the left-footer
slotted home another one, putting FCI ahead 2-0.
Brussels British halved their deficit before the break on a free kick just outside the box. Early in
the second half, the British equalized when the referee awarded a penalty for a tackle that
originated outside the box.
Nonetheless, FCI regrouped, kept possession, and put a half-dozen shots on target in a bid for
the go-ahead goal. The British conceded several corners as they counted down the final
minutes. Carlos found the back of the net from close range but he was ruled offside.
Our intention was to take the ball away from the opposition and hold on to it for as long as possible. Not clear whether we were successful in doing so. In any case, mutuelle were 3-0 up at half time. We scored two in the 2nd half while they scored several. Big match next weekend!
Vets1 had a great 2-1 win on a sunny day in Nossegem. Went 0-1 down after a fantastic shot but were well in the game. Second half we were creating loads and eventually equalised through Matt on his debut after good work on the right & an assist from Enzo. We were on top but it took a beautiful chip from Alvaro from 30 metres to win it. His first touch control from the kick out was sublime. We could have added to it but also needed a full length save from Carlos at the end, he was smiling for the camera as he threw himself full length to save a shot destined for the top corner. A great 3 points. Joint motm Carlos and Alvaro.
After a good start for the Irish, Tourinnois opened the score slightly against the run of play on a penalty half way through the first half before adding a second just before halftime through a deflected long range shot, parried by Francois but pounced upon by their attacker. Tourinnois added a 3rd in the second half. At full time both teams agreed that the score line did not necessarily reflect what was effectively a fairly close contest but so be it. We can’t have too many complaints about losing to our opponents of the day. We move on to next week
All fixtures and results
FC Irlande Vets 1
- Team Captain : Gregor MacDonald
- Vice Captain : David Martin Garcia
- Coach/Delegate : Liam Durack
Top goals scorers
- Emanuel Teles 6
- Alvaro Fortun 4
- Matt Higham 4
- David Martin Garcia 3
- Sean O'Connor 1
- Carlos 1
Top goals assists
- David Martin Garcia 2
- Emanuel Teles 2
- Matt Higham 2
- Enzo Blanco 1
- Carlos Gomez 1
- Gregorio de Castro 1
- Sasha 1
- Manu Cabral 1
- Sean 1
- David Martin Rubio 1