Friday evening girls in green headed to Belgian countryside to face Walhain. Some of our main players got back from a break, Lotta and Marianne, giving a fresh air to the group.
Before game starts, the referee lines up both teams for what seems to be a honest fair play speech. Some opponents though weren’t paying attention to this part. It feels like prediction of the game to come.
First whistle blows, the game starts very well for FCI, everybody is pumped to take a good outcome back to Auderghem and also celebrate it afterwards in great style in Marianne’s place.
Thanks to the greatest Parker, top scorer of our women’s section so far, who came help us out this evening we could start winning 1×0 after only 3 minutes. Her powerful shot shows why she’s such a key player for the club.
Among all possibilities ladies had, another one only 8 minutes later presents to our dear Jenny after a corner and some rebounds in the adversary’s box. Jenny with no mercy manages to put the ball inside their net. Now ladies now are 2 goals ahead.
Girls shared the same feeling that this time the wind would blow in our favour and we would have a positive outcome after those 90 minutes.
As the match goes, Pri receives a great pass from Parker, with just one opponent ahead she tried to get hid of her and shoot, however, the adversary stops her stepping on her foot. A penalty is conceded in our favour. Although aiming for one of the goal sides, unfortunately Pri’s penalty execution ends in goalkeeper hands, in the middle of the goal.
Heads up, we are 2×0 first half with great possibilities, and leading by far the attacking side of the pitch.
Approaching the end of first half, at 36′, Walhain gets a free kick. After some rebounds, one of their player, in offside position receives the ball, almost on our endline and shoots straight to our goal. Although she was clearly offside by perhaps half a meter, the “fair play” referee whistles and points to the centre of the pitch breaking spirit of a good match.
Teams go back to their rooms to discuss about second half and a couple changes are performed.
Back to the pitch, now Walhain, just 1 goal behind gets energised. For great part of second half they managed to keep girls in green in their defense field. Game becoming a bit more dangerous, however we kept our solidity and didn’t concede any goals.
Some other changes on the team and now we try to keep the ball in our attacking side. Match approaching the end, we could start feel the right outcome coming slowly after too many minutes in an unfair war.
At some point, our opponents earn a corner. Number 21 of opposite team, which made a scene throughout the whole game goes after Mariana to bother her, of course.
Last action is now permitted by the referee. A very good corner is taken, the ball flows in parallel with our goal, just few centimetres of our ladies, to then end up with the opponent and they put it inside our net.
Ball goes to middle of the pitch for a restart. Whistle blows to restart and immediately it blows again announcing the end of the match.
In this week’s match, FC Irlande had their first defeat of the season, falling 2-1 to FC Wahlain. The early stages of the game saw FC Wahlain seize an opportunity through a swift counter-attack, with Marie Bande finding the net in the 10th minute. FC Irlande, however, rallied back, exhibiting a potent attack and a resolute defense for the remainder of the first half. Gillian Bartlett managed to level the score just before halftime at the 39th minute.
The second half witnessed continued pressure from FC Irlande on FC Wahlain’s defensive line, resulting in numerous scoring opportunities, albeit with unfortunate misses. Both sides engaged in a high-intensity, fast-paced game, with Bande from FC Wahlain securing a second goal late in the second half in the 75th minute. Despite FC Irlande’s sustained offensive efforts, FC Wahlain held firm in defense to preserve their lead and secure the victory.