FC Irlande Vets 1
We were winning at half time, 3-1. But the final score was 6-3. Last games for our two Pauls, Janknegt and O’Gorman. Sorry to see you guys go, hopefully we meet again on a football pitch!
Vets1 started out very well today, clement in attack scored the first goal, hit the corner of the goal, we hit the cross bar had another few chances and could have been up a few goals at half time. Alas… it was not to be, they scored twice before half time and then more or less ran off with the game despite Karim and tam’s best efforts in goal. Final score 5-2 for them.
Vets1 lost to auderghem RU 5-3 in a game overshadowed by a serious injury to our beloved Carlos Gomez. Same Carlos equalised about 5 minutes before
Time to make it 3-3, but auderghem then scored a 4th goal right afterwards before sealing their victory shortly before time. The last kick of the game was unfortunately not a kick of the ball but one straight into the back of Carlos’ legs as he was launching one last attack. We don’t know much more for the moment but that Carlos was in a great amount of pain as he was strechered away to the waiting ambulance. Animo Carlos!
Vets1 are back on a winning streak (their second this year) after a great 1-0 win against Gast. With quite a few away due to the holidays we welcomed a new vet, Virgil to the group. For quite some time it was looking like a game that would end in a glorious 0-0 draw, earning us a point and inching us closer to safety in division 6A. And then round about the 65th minute, free kick a bit to the left of the rectangle. Rafa steps up and scores a glorious free kick, dipping and bending appropriately and into the top right corner. Rafa wasn’t even MOTM though which says a lot about the performance put in by Adi. After being out for most of the season due to an injury sustained in the first game, and a few short appearances in past weeks, Adi put in an almost full shift today, twisting turning passing dribbling, etc. etc.
Vets 1 got a great and hard fought win against a strong amb auderghem side, took the lead with a great strike from Gera, they equalised with a pen, HT 1-1, but we turned the screw in the second half , Matt and Karim grabbing the goals and a solid defensive pergormance to keep them out at the end, 3 very valuable points in the bag
Vets 1 had a must win game against relegation rivals ITT Gecko, we went behind after starting flat, Sigve got us a penalty dispatched by Karim for an equaliser, but they scored again leaving us 1-2 down at HT, after missing another pen Sigve equalised with a header from a corner, but alas, as we have done countless times this season, we got caught out in the last 5 to lose 2-3, just to make sure we’re in a proper relegation dogfight for the last 5 games
Vets1 lost 2-4 to Tourinnois. It was a windy day, and that along with other factors is why we went into HT 0-3 down. They scored a 4th halfway though the 2nd half, after which we de used to start making our come back. 5 more minutes and we would have gotten a point, promised. Disappointing result in the end, as we did hit the post a few times and had other chances we should have bundled over the line.
Vets1 lost 4-0. Some unlucky goals. We had a couple of chances to score but no luck. Post Christmas warm up games now over and time to get some points.
Vets 1 faced league leaders Forestois, HT just 0-1 down from a pen, then after going 0-3 down with some unlucky deflections we fought back to 2-3 with goals from Matt and Johno, and as we pushed for the equaliser they scored st the death, final score 2-4, good performance against a very strong opponent
Vets1 opened the scoring v. Mutuelle through a great low strike bottom corner off the left post from Yacine. Mutuelle responded about 10 minutes later with a great Low strike just inside the left post. Decent 50/50 game until about the 50tg minute when they increased their lead to 3-1 and then scored another two. Not too many regrets, obviously the better team. Final score 5-1.
Vets 1 took a while to get going against Goalois, HT still 0-0, but once we broke the deadlock and added a quick second, we were rampant against an increasingly dispirited opponent, final score 6-1, goals from Matt (2), Stevo, Ekrem, PA and Gregorio from about 40 yards out, great to end the year on a high, loads of good performances today!
Vets 1 lost 3-0 against a skilful Gast side, we hit 3 posts and had 2 chances cleared off the line, very unlucky not to get on the board, very sluggish pitch, will be better next week
Vets 1 had a satisfying 3-1 win, went 2-0 up, Matt (pen) and Steve with the goals, after HT our opponents got one back and after some nervous moments we made sure thanks to Oscar whose celebration was almost worth 2 goals, vets 1 have more points than games played, unchartered territory … great support from vets 2 today!
Vets1. Infinies their good run making it 3 wins out of the last 4 games, with a 1-0 victory against jeunesse at gilloise. It weren’t pretty but the 3 points sure is. The opponents certainly looked like the stronger team in the first half and were unlucky not to score. Arguably we were better in the 2nd half as they appeared to lose a bit of belief and Steven Welsch (which means Walloon in German btw) got a goal, calm finish face to face with the Gk. we really should have taken a bit more control of the game from then on but… failed to do so, and they had a great chance near the end with an outstanding save from MOTM Francois. Great performance from the team all around namely from Paul OG who gets special points for bringing Irish style football to the abssa vets league (opponents not so happy but Roy Keane would approve)
Vets1 won 3-0 against a resurgent Goalois side who had had a tough start to the season but were in full strength today. We played the ball around well, and scored early on through Dimitrios. From then on we were solid in défense and continued to threaten on the attack. Good penalty about for the opposition 20 minutes from time but referee said no. From then on we took a bit more control of the game and scored another two before full time. Great d’ici g header from Tam on a cros from Musti before Rafa sealed the deal with a golazo de Colombia. Buenas noches xx
Vets 1 lost away 0-2…not good enough against a weak and direct opponent. Too many inaccurate passes, bad decisions, not enough composure on the ball and a hardly any chances created and lost Karim 5′ into the second half having made both changes at half time so ended up playing with 10 for the last 30 😬 Frustrating day at the office
Vets 1 had a must win game, went 2-0 down to pull 1 back through Steve on his debut for the team, Clement’s excellent play on the right got us a penalty for the equaliser and Steve made it 3-2 for us, so far a great turnaround but we ran out of steam and conceded 2 in the dying minutes to lose 3-4. 4 minutes from winning…
Vets 1 had a tough afternoon at Tourinnois (out in the sticks), we got back into the game in the 2nd half by reducing the deficit to 2-1 but as we pushed forward for the equaliser they got a 3rd on the break, final score 3-1, not too bad with an improvised team
After 4 practice matches vets1 finally got their season going with a 5-2 victory over Metrasport. Carlos got the first goal with a typical Carlos goal, a little chip over the keeper. Metrasport equalised due to some shabbiness at the back before Matt showed us why he is the captain of this team with a great strike, bottom corner full of rage and passion. John added another at the beginning of the second half with a fantastic curler into the top corner over the outstretched hand of the goalkeeper. Gregorio got a curler in on a corner (correction: Carlos headed the goal bound ball inwards to make sure) before John added another. Final score 5-2. And happy birthday to our youngest recruit, baby faced 38 yr old Tamlin who became eligible to play for us on this very match day.
Vets 1 needed a result againt Trinquant, we did what was needed by taking a 2-0 lead (Matt and a great lob from Rubio), but with nothing to lose and some hesitant play from us, they got 3 back to take the points, while we had chances for a 3rd. Opportunity missed, let’s hope the squad gets more stable.
Vets 1 took the lead against Champions Mutuelle and twice equalised in the first half to stop the opposition from building up a lead, only to see the ref award the softest of penalties to gift them a 4-3 H-T lead, we battled hard in the 2nd half, wasted a couple of chances but still finished with a very respectable 6-4 scoreline and felt like we could have hoped for more.. scores: Matt (2), Manu, Rafa, 2 assists from John S, 1 Johnno and 1 Rafa. Great team effort!
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FC Irlande Vets 1
- Team Captain : Matt Higham
- Vice Captain : Gregor MacDonald
- Vice Captain : David Martin Garcia
- Coach/Delegate : Liam Durack
Top goals scorers
- Matt Higham 11
- Karim Attanjaoui 6
- Stevo Welsch 5
- Rafa Martinez 4
- Carlos Gomez 3
- Alvaro Fortun 2
- John Sparks 2
- Ekrem Bekteshi 2
- Gerardo Solarte 2
- David Martin Rubio 1
- Antonio Cabral 1
- Dimiriios Panopoulos 1
- Tamlin Vickers 1
- Oscar Sanchez 1
- Pierre-Antoine Jaïs 1
- Gregorio Castro 1
- Yacine El Hadj 1
- John O 1
- Clément Dillies 1
Top goals assists
- Matt Higham 8
- John Sparks 5
- Clément Dillies 4
- Karim Attanjaoui 3
- Carlos Gomez 2
- Rafa Martinez 2
- Enzo Blanco 2
- Mustapha Belalij 2
- David Martin Rubio 1
- Gregorio de Castro 1
- Pierre-Antoine Jaïs 1
- Alvaro Fortun 1