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.