Brussels Ltc 1
Saturday saw the 1sts make it 4 from 4 with a 2-1 victory over LTC.
The rivalry with accompanied the teams for a few years following their 2013 title race has long since subsided but LTC always seems to throw up a good, open game of football. Saturday was no exception in an entertaining encounter.
Pre-match, ‘el gaffer’ Alvaro decided to keep the inform Thomas up top, shifting Sigve out left. The move paid dividends as half way through the first half, the evergreen Siggie centred for Thomas who gave FC Irlande the lead. The 1st were the superior side in the first half, linking well but were unable to extend their lead.
At half time, Sigve was forced off with an ankle injury (Get well soon). The intensity seemed to drop a little after half time. Half way through the second half, a good cross field ball sent the LTC forward through, Sean was adjudged to have fouled. A penalty was awarded which was duly converted.
Irlande responded well however. A few minutes after the LTC centre defence opened up like the Red Sea, Cillian slipped a through ball to Thomas. One and one with the keeper the in-form Thomas stayed calm and knocked it into the bottom left corner.
The remained of the game, the first saw out rather comfortably despite Lennart having to go in goal for The injured Tancrede who received a bad knock to the head (Get well soon also). Rather than inviting pressure, Alvaro wisely instructed to press LTC coming out of defence. It worked and the onslaught which a team is usually faced defenced a one goal lead with 10 minutes to go, never arrived. In particular, ‘Forest Gump’ Luke showed no signs of fatigue as he pressed, hassled and harried.
So 4 out of 4 for Alvaro’s men. Next up is Higgins. It’s early days yet but as the Irish proverb goes ‘Tús maith leath na hoibre!’.
MOTM: Thomas “he’s on fire” Peeters
Goals: Thomas X2