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.