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3rds closed the season with a last win over New Inn. We started against a very strong wind and conceded 2 goals on 1st half. We got ourselves a little remontada, future captain Shane reduced the score, captain Rodrigo got the 2nd goal and Achraf offered us the winning goal. A stylish victory that summed up our season 2021-2022: hesitant at the beginning strong at the end. Promising for next year.


3rds had an important 0-2 win away against sporting opponents Foot Josephat. Went 1 up in no time when Brendan pounced on a loose back pass to tap in. Shane added a 2nd after great work by Piet, we then missed 3 or 4 great chances, Kevin’s miss being the funniest. 2nd half very even but we defended really well to keep them out & should have added more goals at the other end. Massive win to keep staying in the league in our own hands.

3rds had an unfortunate draw against Colo Colo United. Reinforced by the presence of Lennart and Nair, we had a great start and scored quickly two goals with two headers from Brendan and Timothee. We kept dominating but by the end of 1st half on one of their few attacks, Colo Colo got a free kick and reduced the score to 1-2. 2nd half was a bit more difficult for us, Colo Colo and though they never had any real opportunities they were a bit threatening. Alas a last minute free kick was converted with a lot of luck by our opponent who got the draw. A lot of regrets after the game but now more important is the two last games and we’ll be back fighting til the end.

Thirds played Gast, the current leader of our group. Despite a good fight and solid performance we lost 2-1. It took us a few minutes to get into the game while Gast started well and got the opener on their first opportunity with a header from their striker after a good cross from the right wing. We progressively were occupying more their half but they stayed solid till half time. On 2nd half they added a 2nd one after a clinical counter attack. We managed to reduce the score thanks to Brendan 5 minutes before the end. We pushed for the equaliser and had them very nervous but it was not enough. Final score 2-1.. Though there was possibility to get a better result, we showed great spirit and we will keep the same dynamic in order to stay in 3rd Division. Man of The Match Brendan.

3rds had again a crucial game against direct rivals Midi AS, also in the battle against relegation. Despite starting the game downhill and with a strong back wind, we couldn’t create any clear chances and Antoine had to make a quick reaction save on a ball deflected by Max. Early on Rodrigo was left KO after a strong knee hit on the ribs by one of their defenders and had to come off. Achraf substituted him in CM. We couldn’t take advantage of the wind though and it was 0-0 at HT. We started well in the second half and an excellent through ball from Achraf set Brendan on a one to one against their keeper, which he finished very calmly with a clinical placed shot into the corner. Similar scenario led to the 2nd goal with a through ball from Ignasi again to Brendan, but their keeper this time made the save only to put it into Shane’s path to finish it off. 2-0 and clearly dominating the game. After a few more chances, came the 3rd goal after a strong shot from Piet on the right edge of the 6-yard box took a deflection off a defender and into the goal. With a comfortable lead, a little unexpectedly, things began to go askew. They scored twice in quick succession, first directly from a wide free kick and then from a corner aided by the strong wind pushing the ball into the top corner. It made for a very nervy 5 minutes to go, we had to clear a few dangerous chances as they pushed for an equaliser, one hitting the post and another Antoine came out quick to block a shot from their forward that otherwise would have ended in the goal. Crucial save. The final whistle was music to our ears and we could breathe happily. Third win in a row for the 3rds, who have strengthened their position in the league now. We believe we still need at least 4 more points to be safe, perhaps a few more, and with 4 matches left to play we need to keep up this form. GANAR, GANAR Y VOLVER A GANAR !!!💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼

3rds took another vital 3 points today to follow up on last week’s win. After a delayed start and Fatih volunteering to referee (big thanks!!) we got underway. Irlande started the better side and created a couple half chances in the first ten minutes showing our intent, but Lemmens took the lead in a quick counterattack. We weren’t going to back down though and went at them again, eventually Brendan capitalized on a poor ball by their defence and smashed one into the top of the net. 1-1 at half time and now we had both the sun and the wind in our back. An eventful first ten minutes of the second half saw a penalty for handball superbly put away into the top right corner by Shane, who followed with a second goal minutes later tapping in Brendan’s saved shot. Lemmens were getting extremely frustrated at that point and play was interrupted multiple times but in the last minutes Rodrigo finished them off with a cool finish after nice buildup play down the left. 4-1 win away and a crucial 3 points to continue our drive towards safety in the 3rd division. Keep it going lads, keep it f-ing going!!!

3rds had a must win game against St Georges just above us in the league. 16 available to give their all took to the pitch with some inspirational words from captain of the day Wilf. We started well, showing good intent down the wings, but the first half was a scrappy affair against the wind and St Georges took the lead. With the wind in our backs for the second half, we took control and went ahead through a fine header by Ignasi from a corner and a well struck shot from the edge of the box by Jaime. We held out till the end and took a very necessary 3 points.

Thanks to Dave and Paul for the vocal support! Keep that spirit and we’ll get what we need out of the next games lads. VAMOOOOOOS!!

3rds drew 0-0 against Requins. Very even game with very few opportunities for both sides. Mo had to get off the pitch injured after 10 minutes unfortunately. Gavin had a one on one chance but their keeper had a great save at the near post. The team showed a positive mental and very high intensity. It was a good fight. Hopefully we are on the good path. 1 point taken. Next week we face direct rivals at the bottom Saints Georges.

Sicula do not play football, so nothing to report

Today did not go our way. From the warm-up we lost 2 with injuries and another was needed to referee (big thanks to Matt for taking on this thankless task, for which he got 2 MOTM votes!). So from a squad of 15 we were down to 12 by kick off. Nevertheless FCI 3 were the better team in the first half and went 1-0 up through Gavin. There were a couple of other opportunities that might have strengthened our lead but didn’t find the net. Second half was not all bad but Bouks got the equaliser quickly enough, then a second and in our efforts to get one back by putting more men forward in the last ten minutes, they exploited the space left behind and closed it out with a third goal in the last few minutes. 1-3 loss in a game we probably should have got something out of.

Despite a few covid cases or close contact scares within the squad, the 3rds mustered 13 brave souls to take on Patjes who are 2nd in the league. The lineup included Patryk covering in goal, Tibo making a rare appearance and Mario driving up from Luxembourg to help out. Patjes took an early lead but we didn’t hang around before we equalized through Gavin, hitting a rebound into the corner after Fatih’s free kick hit the wall. Although very evenly matched, Patjes got a second before half time to go 2-1 up. FCI started the second half with a great intensity and caught Patjes napping, stealing two quick goals through Gavin and Tibo. Patjes came back strong though and got their equaliser before long, leading to a tense finish with FCI soaking up a lot of pressure but holding out for a 3-3 draw. A good point away to one of the top teams and good effort put in by all players. Well done lads!

3rds started well and had a goal disallowed within a couple of minutes but made it 1-0 shortly after through Gavin. We didn’t manage to capitalize on that start further though and went in at half time to regroup. Came out strong again but through a series of unfortunate events went a man down ten minutes into the second half and, despite holding out well under the circumstances we conceded in the last minutes, with a bit of luck on their side but a goal is a goal. Ended 1-1 and with an all too familiar feeling of points lost rather than won today. May the new year bring new energy to this squad that has showed so much potential but too much inconsistency. Vamos lads, enjoy the break!

3rds arrived at the league leaders pitch determined off the back of a woeful performance last week. Sometimes that’s what it takes to push a squad to another level, and we found our level today with probably our best performance of the season. The first half could’ve gone either way, both scored nice goals that were ruled offside and we held our own throughout, but went in at half time 0-0. The second half was very much the same, we were always in the mix and created a couple of great chances, one just over and another diverted by a fingertip save. The only difference being that of the couple chances they created, one was well hit and found its way into the net. Final score 1-0 loss, but plenty to be proud about in very difficult conditions and against a very solid team. Keep this spirit and we’ll surely start getting the results that have been within our reach. VAMOOOOOOS!!

We could have kept this to one line as we lost 6-0, which says it all really. But we need to reflect on this match and consider where things went wrong:

To win a football game you have to show intensity, tactical discipline, technical skills, physicality, create movement. Needless to say we showed none of that today. Of course, we won’t have bad games like this every Saturday but it’s important to take a look at what we did wrong through some of these aspects mentioned above. We did start with some intent, using the speed of Shane and Brendan up front to create danger. Progressively though, we started losing ground and conceding a series of corner kicks. We conceded the first goal on one such corner as we were unable to clear the ball convincingly when we had the chance. Ster’s kept the momentum and got a second goal, again from a quick corner that led to a penalty. Overall their players were first on the ball and their 3rd goal was a consequence of that – despite a bad kick out from Ster’s keeper that deflected high in the air by our interception, the falling ball was easily won by a Ster’s player who then launched a lethal counter attack… and so it went on.

Intensity depends a lot on attitude we bring to the pitch, you have to be ready to fight for the ball, close the gaps, find an extra gear when needed. If you don’t fight for the ball, you can’t use it. You can’t use it, it means the opponent has it and has the possibility to create danger. We have to fight for every ball, individually and collectively, to get the better of our opponent. This applies to every match.

Tactical discipline was also lacking today. Discipline in a football game is not only about behaving properly on a football pitch it is also about being concentrated on what you are doing on the pitch and what your opponents are doing on the pitch. When out of possession our positioning was poor and left wide spaces for Ster’s to play through us with ease. Maybe we didn’t go through the tactics well enough beforehand and players were not aware of their positioning and duties in a slightly new (but very well known) 4-4-2 formation. On set pieces there are differing opinions on zonal and man marking which leads to a bit of a mix, but so far that hasn’t worked too well for us as a lot of teams have created chances from corners and free kicks. The first goal was exactly that. For the second goal we weren’t sharp enough to pick up on the quick corner and that allowed them to get in a dangerous position to dribble and won the penalty. This needs more work and better leadership from all – don’t rely on a captain to shout, take responsibility.

Meanwhile, when in possession, our movement off the ball was non-existent for the most part and we weren’t providing options for a good pass to our teammates. Movement from those off the ball is the most important thing when you are in possession and allows you to create a platform to attack. To do this we have to do much better in making ourselves available for the pass and, crucially, asking for it, shouting for it, tell them where you want it, tell them you’re in space. You don’t make the call, you’ll never receive the ball. And if you just wait for the ball, chances are high the opponent will get the ball first if he anticipates the pass. This happened far too often when we were caught passing around defence and put under pressure, because there was no outlet available to get the ball moving forward. Small movements are sometimes all that are necessary to completely lose your marker and make yourself available, and often gives you the time then to pick the next pass.

As a defender, I always say it’s easy to defend against someone who stays in the same zone. It’s easy to read. For the moment we’re too easy to read. We combine on rare occasions but most of the time we have to resort to long balls since the opposition midfield and forwards are reading the options for a pass and cutting them out, putting us under pressure and forcing mistakes. In the midfield we need to ask the ball and if it means going close to defenders to receive the ball so be it, but we have to give options, as many options as possible, otherwise we cannot just criticise defenders for playing it long. The problem is not only the defenders it’s the whole team. We need to repeat and encourage each other to make those movements and find the space over and over.

I don’t have more things to say but only one: I believe in the quality of this group – what we need is to keep working together and stay humble. We are still a new group playing against solid teams with more experience as a collective unit.

To be continued…

3rds started with intent and took an early lead against New Inn 2, after good pressure up front made the keeper fluff his clearance straight to Wilf, who gladly slotted it home. Unfortunately our lead didn’t last long and they came back quickly to score an equaliser. Chances came thick and fast either side of the pitch in an end to end first half, but it stayed 1-1 until the break. They came out stronger in the second half and took a 2 goal lead, at least one of which was somewhat fortunate to be called onside and the other almost pushed wide with a finger tip save by Valentin, only to see it go in off the inside of the post. Despite a spirited comeback, we could only claw one goal back: an incisive break down the left wing and good link up play ended in Rodrigo putting Tim through 1-on-1 to slot past the onrushing keeper. Final score 3-2 in a close game where we could well have got a point but go home (to the Funky) with none. Consistency of performances is getting better so these close games will hopefully start going our way soon, keep it up lads!

3rds drew 2-2 today on overall good performance. We put the ball on the ground and passed it well around. They scored first with a 40 meters beautiful long shot from their best player that caught our defence and keeper by surprise. We fought back creating first a very clear chance one on one with the keeper. Nicolas gave a perfect through ball for our striker for the day (Rodrigo). He controlled and shoted to the far post but keeper was agile enough to deflect the ball with the tip of his fingers. Then came a corner, where the ball found her way to Sergiu at the entrance of the area that hitted a nice and precise shot to the lower left corner of the box. Their keeper this time couldn’t do anything to stop it. 1-1. Foot Josaphat scored a second before HT again through their NR 5, who dribbled past our defence. On 2nd half, we kept the possession of the ball and put pressure on them seeking the equaliser. Max with a pulled hamstring had to be replaced by Javi. Faith also entered the game replacing Denis. Same scenario as first half.
After a clear chance that their keeper saved again, came a corner nicely served in a silver plateau to Wilf that volleyed nicely to the near post. Unstoppable and 2-2. We kept the momentum but couldn’t get the 3rd goal that would have allows us to win. In the last minute of the match 3rds captain Sergiu got injured badly. We hope for the best for Sergiu and cross fingers his right leg’s external ligaments are ok. 2-2 final score. That makes 2 wins and a draw in a row.

3rds had an easy against Hellas Berchem, last team on the table. Our opponent started the game with only 7 players so we scored a first goal thanks to Thomas. Progressively Hellas was reinforced with 3 other players but still was in numerical inferiority. We made the difference on 2nd half adding 4 other goals (Tim, Francois, Fatih, Ignasi). Motm Tim for his 1st game with us.

FCI 3rd team faced good opponents today. We started very well, very intense and with a good impact in challenging for the ball and using it well when in possession. After some good passes through the middle, Jaime made the decisive pass to Shane, who used his speed to outrun the defence and scored. Second half was ours, we kept the ball and tried to create more opportunities but they defended well and stayed in contention. Final score 0-1. We showed a lot of character today which is exactly what was needed after last week’s disappointing result – keep this attitude and we’ll certainly start moving up the table.

The FC Ireland 3rd team had to travel to Braine l’Alleud, 20 km away from Brussels, for their away match this Saturday. In countryside Wallonia, the players were greeted as soon as they left the highway by a huge Lions statue (Butte du Lion), commemorating the mythical battle fought here in neighbouring Waterloo some 200 years ago.

The sunny afternoon was spoiled when Ireland conceded the first goal after only a few minutes. We had the opportunity to speak to one of the players after the final whistle and he described the first few minutes of the game as follows: “Despite it being mid afternoon we were still half asleep and they scored their first goal in a matter of minutes. Our defence was little bit too high and they exploited that with a well placed through ball. Before we knew it they had scored 3 more goals in the first 25 minutes and we found ourselves 4-0 down. When we finally woke up at the end of the first half and scored 2 goals to give us some encouragement at half time.”

It went into the half-time break with a 4-2. Clear words must have been spoken there, because the FC Ireland players came out of the break full of energy and pushed for more goals. One player described the development of the game in these words: “Second half we tried to come back, we tried to keep the ball more and we scored again on a fast counter attack. We made a few opportunities to score the 4th goal and complete the comeback and grab a point, but in our best chance the referee called it offside (marginal but admittedly VAR would probably have backed him up).”

The referee indeed had a strange day. For example, the left full-back of Ireland was yellow-carded for a slight tackle, while his Opponent was not even given a verbal warning by the referee for a hard tackle that Wellington and Napoleon would have been proud of. Instead, the yellow card deserved here was given a few minutes later to a player who had already been substituted for smoking a cigarette on the sidelines. A curious scene.

Final score remained 4-3 in the end. What conclusion can be drawn from this match?, we aked one of the Players after the match: “We need to show Spirit from the start and begin our games with more intensity, that will be key to getting some more points on the board. Vamos!!!” Next Saturday will be another chance to record their third win of the season. The Midi AS players will have been celebrating the home win they just managed to salvage. It is not known whether the famous song by ABBA „Waterloo“ was sung at a later hour this evening. What is certain is that there will be a rematch in the second half of the season.

3rds faced a top 3 team with a few more new faces and got off to the best start with a nice move down the left wing resulting in a corner, Sergiu cross headed in by Luis (on loan from the 2nds). They equalized soon enough but new kid Brendan made it 2-1 on his debut after a fluffed clearance from their “keeper”, soon followed by another again from Brendan. Denis and Jaime then made it 5-1 by half time. Second half was less eventful, with a penalty awarded against us and another gave the opposition some hope, but Luis finished them off with a screamer (that any half decent keeper would’ve saved…) 😉
6-3 final score and a much needed win for the 3rds!

3rds lost 4-0 against a good Saint Georges 2. With an improvised defense, they outplayed us with 3 early goals in first half (2 arguably offside). We talked at half time and adjusted a few things in defense (playing deeper) and midfield. Things were better in 2nd half having more ball possession. We will keep on going and training hard at training to get positive results soon.

The lads arrived at the pitch early Saturday morning to prepare for their match against Requins. With their kits on, they get a short run in before breaking into pre-match warm up drills. A few minutes before the match was slated to start, it became apparent that the referee had slept through his alarm. As a result, coach Daniel – who was preparing as a substitute midfielder – had to don the orange jersey and get the match started as an official.

Things got off to a rocky start when Irlande conceded a handball penalty kick in the first 5 minutes. By a stroke of sheer luck the Requins striker put the ball past Victor to open the scoring 0-1. After a back-and-forth for the remaining 30 minutes (and a referee substitution at some point), the match paused for halftime with the score the same.

In an attempt to get freshen things up, Irlande made two substitutions at half time. Javi went in at LB and Matt went in at RW. Things got chippy between the two teams, trading hard challenges, while the score stayed the same. Aside from the early penalty kick, the teams seemed evenly matched. More reinforcements came on with Fatih and Timothe also coming on from the bench to look for a more attacking approach. As the end of the match neared, Irlande started to turn up the heat. Shane put a half-volley past the keeper, narrowly wide left of the net. Rodri rattled the crossbar with a stinger of a shot. Pierre-Antoine nearly found Matt free at the back post with a cross into the box. But ultimately it was Requins who capitalized on a lucky counterattack, putting one final shot on target which found the back netting just as time expired. The match ended 0-2.

Sicula – need we say any more? Not worth the effort to be honest.

In short, Thirds drew 2-2. After an initial comeback from 1-0 down to lead 1-2, some handbags in between in which Nassime was hit in the face in full view of the ref and Shane was thrown to the ground behind the ref’s back, in the last few minutes their winger laughably threw himself to the ground after backing into our player and the ref awarded the peno. Of the few minutes of actual football that were played, we were certainly the better team.

Good day for the 3rds with our first points of the season. Went 1-0 up in the first half, Paddy’s corner headed in by Max, and made it 2-0 in the second half after good pressing up front won us the ball and Jaime quickly put it on a plate across the box for Shane to finish. A few late chances escaped us and it stayed 2-0. Great team effort, solid at the back and middle. MOTM second week in a row was Max, Shane a close second, and a number of team votes with everyone putting in the effort for a good win.

After a tough first game last weekend where FCI3 lost 5-2, our second game of the season got off to an uneventful start with both ourselves and FC Patjes alternating in spells of possession.
Mid-way through the first half Patjes managed to get the opener with a through ball between our two center backs which led to a 1-on-1 opportunity that was well taken. We managed to collect ourselves, retain more of the ball and see out the half without conceding any other chances.
For the second half we began in control, holding the ball well and creating a number of good chances. After 12 minutes, a quick throw by Wilf deep in opposition territory found its way to Jaime who slotted home past a scrambling goalkeeper. The 3rds capitalised on this confidence after the goal by creating a number of half chances. Unfortunately, in committing players forward in search of the winner we were left thin at the back and conceded two very unfortunate goals late in the game on counter attacks.
Maxime claimed man of the match on his debut after a dominant physical performance at the base of the midfield – destroying the opposition’s possession and launching our attacks. He continues to vindicate his nickname ‘Mad Max’ and we’re glad to have him in the team for this season.
Overall an improvement on our previous performance but with a lot of work to do this week in training.
A new look 3rds faced a strong team for their first game. Many debuts, 8 in fact, followed a summer of recruitment to rebuild the team after a number of departures and a few retirees moved to the Vets. Not too much else to say about match itself unfortunately, we lost 2-5 in what was for the most part a fairly one-sided affair. In the first half they were in control for large parts and went 0-2 ahead by half time through some well built attacks, but we changed formation and improved in the second half. We narrowed Colo-Colo’s lead after Wilf was taken down by 3 (yes, it took 3 of them, harder than he looks that fella!) in their box. Faz coolly slotted the resulting penalty past the keeper. It wasn’t long before we conceded a penalty at our end however for them to go 1-3 up. Before they got their last goal we showed signs of what we’re capable of with a good attack using the space on the wings for Timothé to feed a ball into the danger zone where, after some confusion in the area, Shane was on hand to get us a second goal late in the game, albeit only a consolation goal at that stage of the match. With a lot of new faces in the team we’ll need a bit of patience to get to know each other better. Looking forward to next Saturday!

All fixtures and results

#1 September 4, 2021 FC Irlande Men 3 2 - 5 Report Colo Colo
#2 September 11, 2021 FC Irlande Men 3 1 - 3 Report Patjes FC
#3 September 18, 2021 Bouks 0 - 2 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#4 September 25, 2021 Sicula AS 2 - 2 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#5 October 2, 2021 FC Irlande Men 3 0 - 2 Report Les Requins
#6 October 9, 2021 Saint Georges 2 4 - 0 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#7 October 16, 2021 FC Irlande Men 3 6 - 3 Report Anderlecht Lemmens
#8 October 23, 2021 Midi AS 4 - 3 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#9 October 30, 2021 Ster’s 0 - 1 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#10 November 6, 2021 FC Irlande Men 3 5 - 0 Report FC Hellas Berchem
#11 November 13, 2021 FC Irlande Men 3 2 - 2 Report Foot Josaphat
#12 November 20, 2021 New Inn 2 3 - 2 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#13 November 27, 2021 FC Irlande Men 3 0 - 6 Report Ster’s
#14 December 4, 2021 Gast FC 1 1 - 0 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#15 December 11, 2021 FC Hellas Berchem 1 - 1 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#16 January 8, 2022 Patjes FC 3 - 3 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#17 January 15, 2022 FC Irlande Men 3 1 - 3 Report Bouks
#18 January 22, 2022 FC Irlande Men 3 - Report Sicula AS
#19 January 29, 2022 Les Requins 0 - 0 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#20 February 5, 2022 FC Irlande Men 3 2 - 1 Report Saint Georges 2
#21 February 12, 2022 Anderlecht Lemmens 1 - 4 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#22 February 19, 2022 FC Irlande Men 3 3 - 2 Report Midi AS
#23 February 26, 2022 FC Irlande Men 3 1 - 2 Report Gast FC 1
#24 March 5, 2022 Colo Colo 2 - 2 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#25 March 12, 2022 Foot Josaphat 0 - 2 Report FC Irlande Men 3
#26 March 19, 2022 FC Irlande Men 3 3 - 2 Report New Inn 2

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FC Irlande Men 3

  • Captain : Sergiu Ciocea
  • Vice-Captain : Rodrigo Perez Grandi
  • Coach : Daniel Lissoni

Top goals scorers

  • Shane 8
  • Brendan 7
  • Gavin 4
  • Jaime 4
  • Ignasi 3
  • Tim B 3
  • Sergiu 2
  • Francois 2
  • Wilf 2
  • Denis 2
  • Luis 2
  • Rodrigo 2
  • Max 1
  • Faz 1
  • Matt 1
  • Thomas 1
  • Fatih 1
  • Piet 1
  • Achraf 1

Top goals assists

  • Jaime 5
  • Sergiu 3
  • Rodrigo 3
  • Wilf 3
  • Timothé 2
  • Denis 2
  • Tim B 2
  • Shane 2
  • Patryk 2
  • Achraf 2
  • Brendan 2
  • Paddy 1
  • Piet 1
  • Nassime 1
  • Luis 1
  • Nair 1