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Vets 1 had a crunch match against bottom of the table campomaiorense to ensure survival in 6a. The match started about 30 minutes late and quite horribly. 1 minute in and they had a deserved penalty. Keeper went the wrong way ball hit the post. Ouf! Someone pushed the reset button. We opened the score on our own penalty about 15 minutes after some excellent work from Manu. Their goalie went the right way, but the penalty from Alvaro was perfect. 10 minutes later great headed goal by Manu. 2-0 up at halftime. In the 2nd half they scored a goal 3 minutes before the end and almost scored a goal just before the whistle. Not a great second half but we got the much needed win. Up and over.

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Vets1 7-1 lost. We didn’t start bad and had some chances even playing with 10 men. After they scored the first, everything was easier for them. With 10 minutes to go DMG got his second yellow. Let’s try to have 11 for the next matches.

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Vets1 were playing Copains Réunis, a team that are having a very good season after promotion last year. We were the bare 11 and it became clear that 0-0 would be a good result to aim for. It was tough, the last 15 minutes get quite long and tbh we played the clock out. François made a fantastic reflex save towards the end to keep the point. Well done guys

Vets 1 lost 1-3 to Jefke. We entered the game in a defensive mindset against a team that are always very capable of scoring more than a couple. We hoped to score on the counter and we did score first, pressuring them in defence, we recovered the ball which was passed through to Ken who scored on his second appearance in a row. We held on to the lead for approx 5 minutes before they scored 2 goals in very quick succession probably due to a bit of ball watching on our part. They scored another on the second half but didn’t really have any other chances. A respectable score line but we could have hoped for more.

Vets 1 has a great opportunity to widen the gap with the bottom 2 but unfortunately it was not to be. We had most of the possession but they scored on two counter attacks in the 1st half. We sustained a few injuries and ended up playing with 10. Final score 2-0 to the British. A bad game and a lost opportunity, onto next weekend.

Vets1  played top of the table Mutuelle. We weren’t expecting to win today and indeed we lost, but by a respectable score line contrary to earlier in the season. 1-4 was the final score with some fine saves from Paul to keep us in the game and a debut goal from Ken.

Vets 1 were back in action against Auderghem Ru, a team they lost against 3-1 only two weeks ago. They won the coin toss and decided to play against the wind on the first half. Thanks guys. What ensued was a somewhat farcical first ten minutes with a goal straight off a corner. A wicked long range shot and a messy rebound into the net. They got one back. We thought we were in trouble, but we got another two. 5-1 at HT. We thought they would take full advantage of the wind in the 2nd half, and our main aim was to stop them from scoring four goals. They scored one and we even got a few chances. 5-2 final score. Meeeeeerry Christmas.

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Vets 1 lost  3-1 against Brazil. The referee thought we were the better team. The referee is a wise wise man. Brazil did have two very good and clever attackers up front who managed to punish us for our inability to prevent them from scoring. It was 0-0 at HT, they got one early on in the 2nd half, we created lots of chances unfortunately without enough success, but pulled one back at the end to save our honour.

Carlos in goals MOTM with a great performance as always.

The world as you know it no longer exists. In the vets 1 game today, John O’Donnell… received a red card. Yes, i repeat… John O’donell did a suarez v, Ghana. The only difference being that he didn’t try to pretend he hadn’t handled the ball. Red card, penalty and after Euros had limped off injured, we were now down to 9 men. 9 men, 60 minutes left in the match against 2nd place fc gast. Ex ligue 2 top scorer Cédric faire steps up to the spot, and makes no mistake. That would be one of the few goals that vets 1 conceded today. With an exceptional performance once again from Paul J. In goal, and an all around team performance we managed to prevent the opponents from scoring on more than a few occasions. Final score, 0-4, but playing 9 v 11 for most of the match against a very decent side, it almost… almost feels like a draw

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:

Paul J.

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.

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Trinquant 0 – 5 Vets 1
An all round solid team performance paved the way for a first resounding away victory this season. We withstood some early pressure, our defence efficiently snuffing out the opposition forays into our half, allowing our forwards to move up the pitch and pressurise their keeper, which led to the first goal from blocking a clearance and walking the ball into the net. With our midfield increasingly asserting control and recuperating the ball, they released Manu and Matt who combined for each of the four other goals, three coming in the second half. Charlie made a crucial block-save just before half time preventing the opposition to hope for a comeback when 0-2 down. Strong performances throughout the team!
Sharing MoTM for Matt and Emanuel

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.

We played a very decent Copains Reunis side and didn’t help our cause by making a few mistakes that the opposition exploited. We did create a number of scoring chances for ourselves but unfortunately, those we did put on goal were saved by the opposition’s keeper who had a decent performance including saving a very good effort from Sean in the second half.
Next week will be better, it can only be better.

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

#1 September 7, 2019 FC Irlande Vets 1 0 - 3 Report FC Tourinnois 3
#2 September 14, 2019 FC Irlande Vets 1 2 - 1 Report Metrasport Royale
#3 September 21, 2019 Mutuelle 10 - 2 Report FC Irlande Vets 1
#4 September 28, 2019 FC Irlande Vets 1 2 - 2 Report Brussels British 5
#5 October 5, 2019 Jefke Country 2 7 - 1 Report FC Irlande Vets 1
#6 October 12, 2019 Copains Réunis 2 4 - 0 Report FC Irlande Vets 1
#7 October 19, 2019 FC Irlande Vets 1 2 - 4 Report Ambiance Auderghem 2
#8 October 26, 2019 Trinquant 2 0 - 5 Report FC Irlande Vets 1
#9 November 2, 2019 Goalois 3 1 - 1 FC Irlande Vets 1
#10 November 9, 2019 FC Irlande Vets 1 3 - 0 Report Campomaiorense SC
#11 November 16, 2019 Forestois Sc 4 5 - 3 Report FC Irlande Vets 1
#12 November 23, 2019 FC Irlande Vets 1 0 - 4 Report Gast Fc 2
#13 November 30, 2019 Auderghem RU 3 - 1 Report FC Irlande Vets 1
#14 December 7, 2019 Metrasport Royale 1 - 1 FC Irlande Vets 1
#15 December 14, 2019 FC Irlande Vets 1 5 - 2 Report Auderghem RU
#16 January 11, 2020 FC Irlande Vets 1 1 - 4 Report Mutuelle
#17 January 18, 2020 Brussels British 5 2 - 0 Report FC Irlande Vets 1
#18 January 25, 2020 FC Irlande Vets 1 1 - 3 Report Jefke Country 2
#19 February 1, 2020 FC Irlande Vets 1 0 - 0 Report Copains Réunis 2
#20 February 8, 2020 Ambiance Auderghem 2 3 - 1 FC Irlande Vets 1
#21 February 15, 2020 FC Irlande Vets 1 0 - 1 Goalois 3
#22 February 22, 2020 FC Tourinnois 3 7 - 1 Report FC Irlande Vets 1
#23 February 29, 2020 FC Irlande Vets 1 3 - 3 Trinquant 2
#24 March 7, 2020 Campomaiorense SC 1 - 2 Report FC Irlande Vets 1
#25 March 14, 2020 FC Irlande Vets 1 - Forestois Sc 4
#26 March 21, 2020 Gast Fc 2 - FC Irlande Vets 1

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FC Irlande Vets 1

  • Team Captain : Gregor MacDonald
  • Vice Captain : David Martin Garcia
  • Coach/Delegate : Liam Durack

Top goals scorers

  • Alvaro Fortun 8
  • Emanuel Teles 8
  • David Martin Garcia 6
  • Matt Higham 5
  • Stepan Svoboda 2
  • Ken 2
  • Sean O'Connor 1
  • Carlos 1
  • Mustapha 1

Top goals assists

  • David Martin Garcia 4
  • Enzo Blanco 3
  • Emanuel Teles 2
  • Matt Higham 2
  • Mustapha 2
  • John O 2
  • Alvaro 1
  • Carlos Gomez 1
  • Gregorio de Castro 1
  • Sasha 1
  • Manu Cabral 1
  • Sean 1
  • David Martin Rubio 1
  • Luuk 1