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On the most damp and dreary day in history, or as the Belgians call it, “Saturday”, Fc Irelande took on their most feared opponents of the season so far- top of the league Braine Terminus.

On a day where availability was not the greatest, the 3s called in reinforcements. Michael returned to centre mid, along with Ben at left back and Jimmy as an attacking midfielder. This proved pivotal, as a no show led to Fc Irelande having only 11 players. Matt Sims put on the armband, and led the team out to the pitch.
After a strong start, a fluke goal found the threes a goal behind after 5 minutes. This was quickly corrected however, with a run inside from Joe laying off Nazim who promptly crossed the ball into the box to find Piet, who slotted the ball into the net after a scramble. 1-1. Just 2 minutes later, Piet was harshly fouled inside the box, only for the ref to book Piet for his chat afterwards. The strong midfield, partnered with switched on centre backs showed positive signs, with the last 20 minutes of the first half all Irelande. Irelande went into half time level and were certain a result could be achieved.
A slow start to the second half proved costly however, as a lob shot/cross found its way into the back of the net and put the 3s a goal behind again. However irelande fought back quickly, and a through ball from Joe to Shane looked like it would bring the match level again; however the wind was against Irelande and made it miss by inches. 2 quick goals in the last 5 minutes from terminus quickly put the game to bed, but Irelande refused to go down without a fight. Stephan pushed the team forward to another goal which he eventually scored, leading to a tense final few minutes. Despite irelandes incredible effort, the final whistle blew. Fc Irelande 3s 2-4 Braine Terminus 1s.
High praises were sung of the team afterwards, with captain Wilf King claiming it was the best Irelande had played all season. Overall, major positives to take from an incredibly close match.

Man of the match – Jimmy. Solid defensively and created many chances to go forward.

On a cold and windy day, resembling classic Nossegem conditions, FC Irlande took to the pitch with determination. Although they started slowly, they managed to create some promising opportunities. However, a noticeable area for improvement was their high foul count, something they would need to address in the second half.

Around the midway point of the first half, a dramatic turn of events unfolded as Scott had to be substituted due to a head injury. It happened when he attempted to regain possession of a loose ball but was ruthlessly pushed headfirst into the fence by an opposing defender. Stepping into Scott’s shoes, Nazim quickly made an impact. He connected with Shane’s precise low cross to bury the ball into the bottom corner, putting FC Irlande in the lead.

As the teams regrouped for the second half, Shane once again proved instrumental. A well-placed cross from him was unintentionally handled by a defender, leading to a penalty kick. Shane assumed responsibility and confidently slotted the ball into the bottom corner, extending FC Irlande’s lead to 2-0.

In the later stages of the match, Joe was subbed in and showcased his agility by elegantly shimmying past an opponent to create a goal-scoring opportunity. Although his initial shot was saved, Gav was quick to pounce on the rebound, securing a comfortable 3-0 lead for FC Irlande.

Despite their dominance, FC Irlande conceded a penalty following a corner, when the ball ricocheted off one of their players’ hands within the box. This allowed the opposing team to pull one back, making it 3-1.

In the end, FC Irlande’s strong performance in challenging weather conditions secured them a well-deserved victory. Their ability to capitalize on scoring opportunities and work on reducing fouls will surely be valuable lessons moving forward.

Despite a 40 min drive, the afternoon started well with all Turds arriving with their IDs and on time, ready for the 🦏 hunt ! From the start rhinos put a lot of pressure and intensity and had a few chances. Turds we’re struggling a bit with the ball with difficulty to pass the midfield. Unsurprisingly 🦏‘s left right opened the score after a good passing on the right side 1-0. A few minutes after we were caught on one of our corners and 🦏 scored again 2-0. Turds kept their heads up and continued to play building from the back. After a long ball Gav lobbed the keeper 2-1. After half time, turds were playing better and were fighting equals against 🦏. Unluckily, turds conceded a penalty which sealed 🦏 victory. 3-1 FT. Thanks a lot to Michael, Javi and Victor who stepped in to help the Turds. Looking forward to returning to the fort next week to taste victory again!

On a rainy afternoon, the 3rds team arrived at Woluwe Saint Pierre confident of continuing their winning streak against a tough rival, Bleu-Blanc. The 1st half started erratic for the 3rds who couldn’t have the ball and create play. The rivals handled the ball and with long balls they sought to generate danger. After a couple of approaches that the 3rd defense was able to neutralize, Bleu-Blanc gets a penalty. Although Christian was able to save the penalty, bad luck meant that the rebound fell to the forward who only had to push it. 0-1 HT. The 2nd half was very different, despite the referee who only saw fouls in favor of the locals, the 3rds went for the tie, improving the game and with a lot of attitude they had several dangerous situations that by a miracle could not be converted. By Counterattack Bleu-Blanc were able to extend the advantage but a great defensive performance prevented this on several occasions. In the end it could have been a deserved draw, but with the final result 0-1 all that remains is to think about the next game and win again. MOTM Matt Sullivan

The thirds entered the matchday off the back of two wins in a row and keen to make it three away against Patjes and to continue their momentum. The team started quickly with some nice interplay and constant threats to run in behind by Piet and the forwards. It didn’t take long for one of the runs in behind to work out. Tim received the ball on the wing, slalomed into midfield and slid an elegant through ball to Scott who pierced in from the opposite side. Scott controlled the ball and calmly slotted it past the keeper who got a slight touch before watching it roll into the bottom corner. 1-0.

The thirds continued to control the game in spells but were suddenly caught on a counter attack that they struggled shut down. A wonderful cross from the right wing was placed like a loving kiss onto the striker’s forehead. It went straight into the bottom left corner from a few yards out. 1-1.

Shortly afterwards, rain and hail battered both teams and the rest of the half became very messy. The ball bounced around like a pinball until half time, when the rain stopped and everyone wrung their dripping jerseys on the sideline and shook themselves like wet dogs.

The second half began with the thirds confident of getting a result. However, they had to work for it. The opponents didn’t have many clear chances but threatened several times from free kicks around the edge of the box. Christian made several good saves to keep it a tie while the thirds hoped to hit Patjes on the counter. Piet was put through behind the defence and shot, forcing the keeper to make a save low to his left. The ball trickled narrowly wide. Shortly afterwards Patryk received the ball out wide and whipped a low cross in which caused chaos in the goalmouth. The ball dropped to Nazim who smashed it into the back of the net from a few yards out. 2-1.

The team worked hard for the last 5 or 10 minutes against increasing pressure as Patjes flung men forward like an angry toddler throws vegetables. However, they limited the home team to one good chance from a cross which bounced wide of the left post. It ended 2-1.

A tough game for the thirds but a well deserved win. Man of the match went to Pierre Antoine who commanded the team well from midfield and snuffed out several attacks. However, the referee also told him he was a very naughty boy and gave him a yellow card. Special mention has to go to Stefan and Patryk for not getting yellows.

On a beautiful and windy day, thirds were looking for their first victory at home. We hardly made on time due to the famous Patatencross happening in our usual parking lot but we definitely showed we were ready to play. Our opponent Requin, a team we played a few times this showed also determination and so there were not a lot of opportunities and space available. So it was up to us to make the best of the few chances we would create which is what we did brilliantly on first half. Nikos our Greek hoplite opened the score after a nice combination from Piet Alex and Shane down the left. Piet found perfectly Nikos whose shot on penalty line left the goalkeeper with no chance to stop it. After that great team effort, we added a second goal thanks to Shane tenacity to stand on his foot while getting bitten by the sharks. From long distance the natural born scorer found the possibility to surprise the keeper with a little help from the wind. At 2-0 at half time, we had the game in our hands but were aware the wind would be against us. We suffered for the first 20mn of the second half and conceded a goal on a free-kick. Requin was lucky to score on that one. Though they were pressuring us they didn’t have any opportunity except one shot from the edge of the box our keeper Cristian deflected. That save was just fantastic and he had a great game with a lot of interventions in the air. The last quarter we started getting our foot on the ball much more. Requin was less threatening and the referee blew the final whistle for a well deserved victory. Everyone brought great contribution but there can be only one MOTM. Congrats to Nikos!

Today the thirds travelled away to Volgelpik FC for what was really a must win game after the defeat last week. We started a bit tentative and didn’t play with real penetration in the 1st half. This lead to us being behind at HT 1-0.

At HT we discussed what needed to be done and got down to it! Within 5minutes it was 1-1 thanks to Nikos who had a chance from a second ball at a corner then put in his own rebound. 2 minutes later we broke through again with Luke who cut in from the right wing to find Shane who shot from the D, deflection of the defender and in. 2-1 and in the driving seat!

Then within 60 seconds it was 2-2, let’s not speak about this haha

We rallied hard and after another corner the second ball fell to Shane who passed to Timo, boom! 3-2!! After a very hard fought final 10mins the 3rds preserved under pressure from Volgelpik to get the 3points.

Huge thanks to Saul who reffed the game on his Birthday, 21 today! Haha

And a massive thanks to Rudy, Jimmy & Luke from the 1sts who helped us today, so so appreciated!

Goal Scorers: Nikos, Shane, Timo.

MOTM Jimmy

Today the 3ds were hoping to be back on the winning track after their great performance last week. Conditions looked favorable as the other team, Chiefs, arrived about 10 min before kick-off and started the game with 10 players. The first 15 minutes were balanced, but they quickly showed their great technical skills and we knew it would get harder when the 11th player would come in. François had two “opportunities”: a deep pass a bit too long from Piet, and a corner which landed close to his feet. Chiefs hit the crossbar with a nice shot and the next shot from outside the box went beautifully in the top corner (0-1). Then, it got harder. They were playing fast and well on the ground, some very nice football. Antoine left us with some hope by stopping a sloppy penalty (see video above), but they scored 0-2 on a nice counter-attack. HT. We started the second half with better intentions, and downhill, managed to bring more presence in their half of the pitch but without much danger. Patryk and Scott came in. We could have had a penalty for a fault on Shane that started outside the box but clearly finished inside. We had two huge chances to score with Tim receiving a good cross by Alex and passing it to Shane, who missed by a few centimeters. P-A could have awarded his great performance with a goal after being sent alone by Piet in front of the keeper, who saved it. Chiefs scored the 0-3 and 0-4 out of other counter-attacks. Hard result, but good reaction in the second half. P-A MOTM. The opponents said it was their best game in two years… Let’s say it was not the case for us, but we’ll react next weekend!
(Thanks to Matt for taking notes on the bench!)

The 3rds arrived at the STADE DES TROIS TILLEULS in auderghem on the back of two difficult defeats and were wanting to kick start their season against the powerhouses who are etteijks 2… the 3rds were in confident mood before the match as their squad was back to near full strength , something that was lacking in the previous two games. From the first whistle , the thirds were on the front foot. The passing was good and there was lovely link up play all throughout the pitch. The thirds were testing the keeper and eventually gav scored the opening goal.. soon after that Shane got the second and the 3rds were in control. Not long after Shane’s goal, the opposition got a penalty which was debatable which they scored from to bring it back to 2-1 at half time. The second half was a similar affair , however ettejiks were getting desperate and doing a lot of long balls over the top which fc irelande were able to deal with expertly… on came the super subs risto and tiernan for their debuts and not long after risto scored to make it 3-1. The 3rds continued to be the better team and late on an excellent cross by Tim was volleyed in at the back post by Shane who had a great game terrifying the ettejiks defence. Final score 4-1. This shows us what the team can do when we play with 11 men and we have subs! There is still improvement needed but after two losses it’s great to get the win and build on this !

Fc irelande 3rds went into this second fixture of the season at home looking to get their first win after a disappointing opening day defeat the previous week. There was optimism in the air especially with the grass at nossegem having been cut over the summer ( although not in straight lines ) .
Like the previous week, the weather was extremely hot which meant we would have to be smart on the ball to conserve energy and not run out of steam . Unfortunately from kick off we didn’t play smart football. We tried to force the passes too much and did long balls which werent working especially for the attacking players to chase after in such heat. The opposition team , the mighty saint George’s 3rd , were rather average but did manage to get a goal not long before half time.
At the start of the second half , irelande were playing better and trying to pass the ball around but still were struggling to create chances or test the keeper. Unfortunately, just when maybe things were going more our way ,our half time substitute ( and we only had one ) rolled his ankle and had to come off with a nasty looking injury which meant for the second week in a row the 3rds played a large chunk of the match with 10 men… not long after , from a bad pass from one of the 3rds, Saint George were able to quickly break and score the second goal. The 3rds battled again but in such temperatures and down a man it was always going to be an uphill battle.
Our thoughts are with Achraf who we hope has a speedy recovery FT 0-2.

The 3rds suffered defeat on the opening day after a spirited attempt to get a result playing with 10 men for 40 minutes.

Pre-game very much resembled the stereotypical nightmare start to a season with Gav learning that he was suspended and Achraf forgetting his ID (more on that later), leaving us with the bare 11. The game itself started brightly for the 3rds with Francois narrowly missing a great chance after being put through by Tim. The game flowed back and forth with chances on both sides and was finely poised. A 50-50 tackle by Alex was blown on the edge of the box and they scored with a low shot into the side-netting. It went from bad to worse for the 3rds who lost Saul to injury, leaving us with 10.

The 3rds fought bravely for the rest of the game, nearly equalising again through Francois. With 15 left on the clock, Rodrigo weaved through their defence, until he was pulled back with a penalty being awarded. Tim stepped up but saw his penalty rebound off the post and out.

3rds gave everything in the last 10 but ultimately conceded a last minute second despite Sims and Patryk’s best efforts.

A wake up call but a fine effort by all, left nothing out there.

All fixtures and results

#1 September 2, 2023 Grez AJ 3 2 - 0 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#2 September 9, 2023 FC Irlande Men 3 0 - 2 Report Saint Georges 3
#3 September 16, 2023 Ettekijs 2 1 - 4 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#4 September 23, 2023 FC Irlande Men 3 0 - 4 Report Chiefs WSL 2
#5 September 30, 2023 Vogelpik FC 2 - 3 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#6 October 7, 2023 FC Irlande Men 3 2 - 1 Report Les Requins
#7 October 14, 2023 Patjes FC 1 - 2 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#8 October 21, 2023 Bleu-blanc (ent)r. 1 - 0 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#9 October 28, 2023 Rhinocéros 3 - 1 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#10 November 4, 2023 FC Irlande Men 3 3 - 1 Report Green Devils
#11 November 18, 2023 FC Irlande Men 3 2 - 4 Report Braine Terminus FC 1
#12 November 25, 2023 Well Team - FC Irlande Men 3
#13 December 2, 2023 FC Irlande Men 3 - Rhinocéros
#14 December 9, 2023 FC Irlande Men 3 - Tauro FC 2
#15 January 13, 2024 Saint Georges 3 - FC Irlande Men 3
#16 January 20, 2024 FC Irlande Men 3 - Ettekijs 2
#17 January 27, 2024 Chiefs WSL 2 - FC Irlande Men 3
#18 February 3, 2024 FC Irlande Men 3 - Vogelpik FC
#19 February 10, 2024 Les Requins - FC Irlande Men 3
#20 February 17, 2024 FC Irlande Men 3 - Patjes FC
#21 February 24, 2024 Tauro FC 2 - FC Irlande Men 3
#22 March 2, 2024 FC Irlande Men 3 - Grez AJ 3
#23 March 9, 2024 Green Devils - FC Irlande Men 3
#24 March 16, 2024 FC Irlande Men 3 - Bleu-blanc (ent)r.
#25 March 23, 2024 Braine Terminus FC 1 - FC Irlande Men 3
#26 April 6, 2024 FC Irlande Men 3 - Well Team

FC Irlande Men 3

  • Captain : Wilf King
  • Captain : Gav Quill
  • Captain : Tim Birrien

Top goals scorers

  • Shane Egan 4
  • Risto Uuk 1
  • Nikos Kouloumprakis 2
  • Gavin Quill 1
  • Timothee Birrien 1
  • Scott Talbot 1
  • Nazim Khiari 1

Top goals assists

  • Francois Boisseau 1
  • Rodrigo Perez Grandi 1
  • Timothee Birrien 2
  • Shane Egan 2
  • Piet Vandamme 1
  • Stephan Daiber 1