Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Day 9 - Group E: Belgium v. Republic of Ireland

Happy Saturday morning, lads. We've reached Day 9 of Euro 2016. I'll be celebrating my 1st anniversary today in Rochester, so I'm only around for the early one today - Belgium v. the Republic. Belgium got punked by a cynical Italian side in the opener. Can they bounce back or will they be frustrated by an industrious Irish side.

78 Comments:

Blogger United We Stand said...

Good Morning everyone
I will be here for the first game!
I have been a disappointing no show for the Euros so far
The first weekend I was with Bob and let him do the typing
During the week, I had work and lots of stuff after school
I am here for the early one which is the only appealing one of the day.
One more week of school so I will be much better participant in the weeks to come

COME ON IRELAND!!

8:30 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Apparently Courtois and his manager had a little fisty-cuffs earlier in the week

I would love to see Ireland win this... all four British Isles teams to make the final 16!

25% of the teams left would be brilliant!!

8:32 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What is the lady that is behind the music introducing the matches... sounds foreign but not French.

8:33 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sounds like a damn computer voice

8:33 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am looking thru the groups and I am trying to figure out the third place riddle
First, the UEFA tie breaker is head to head... that is why Ukraine is out because the lost to Ireland... but how will they decided between groups

England have 4 points but they aren't safe. Before the tourney, people were saying three could qualify you... very confused

8:36 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hair Bear is dropped for the Belgians
Steve McM just said half the teams speak Dutch, half the team speak French but not many speak both!

8:37 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

How about the Croatian fans?
What morons!!! Your team is coasting... and then the trouble... and drop two points!

8:37 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Will Hazard score today?
He's played 458 minutes without a major finals goal!!

Sounds Rooney-like at the WC

8:39 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The line ups

Belgium XI: Courtois, Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Witsel, Dembele, De Bruyne, Hazard, Carrasco, R. Lukaku

Republic of Ireland XI: Randolph, Coleman, O'Shea, Clark, Ward, Hendrick, Whelan, McCarthy, Hoolahan, Brady, Long

8:39 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What was everyone doing a year ago today?

I know Kathy and I were already many miles away from Scotia heading down to a certain wedding

8:41 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Teams in the tunnel

COME ON YOU GREEN!!

If the Irish could get something today, Matt The Saint could be a genius picking the Belgian manager for the axe

Here they come

8:55 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Don't recognize the Irish anthem at all!

Strange that Wales have their anthem, Scotland have their anthem but Northern Ireland have God Save the Queen

8:57 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is my Golden Boot pick Lukaku going to score 4 today and put me top!!

9:00 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

We are off

9:01 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The Irish are on the back foot in the first five minutes
Belgium haven't created much but...

9:06 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

On to these shores, USA have made the Semi Final of the Copa America with a 2-1 win over Ecuador. Some bad blood in that one with United's Valencia getting a red card for two yellow, an American with a straight red and other banned for semi against probably Argentina

Also, in the US Open Cup... NYFC lost to NY Cosmos!!!

9:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, mate - great to have you on board. We're just back from the hotel brekkies and I'm settling in to watch this one. I agree with you - it's been a stinker of a tournament. I might even be in favor of some drastic UEFA action in order to force these guys to play in the future.

9:10 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

It just stuns me how bad crossing has become in the modern day. First, teams don't want winners. They just want to pass the ball to death not going any where. If the ball goes wide, the cross 90% of the time gets blocked!! Stuns me!
They are professionals!!

9:10 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Morning Bob. Hope you're having a good time

9:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here are the team line-ups by the way:

Belgium: Courtois; Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Dembélé, Witsel; De Bruyne, Carrasco, Hazard; Lukaku

Subs: Nainggolan, Fellaini, Mignolet, Gillet, Mertens, Denayer, Origi, Benteke, Kabasele, J Lukaku, Batshuayi, Ciman

Ireland: Randolph; Coleman, Clark, O’Shea, Ward; Hendrick, Whelan, McCarthy, Brady; Hoolahan; Long

Subs: Westwood, Keogh, McGeady, Keane, McClean, Duffy, Walters, Christie, Given, Meyler, Murphy, Quinn

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

9:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I didn't say it was a stinker of a tournament.
I said I was a disappointment!

Of course, it hasn't been brilliant even though only one nil niller as of yet

9:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Already posted them buddy!!(8:39) Get with the program

9:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Meunier, Vermaelen, Dembele and Carrasco come in for this one. I'm surprised to see Courtois - he's apparently been having a ruck with Wilmots all week.

9:13 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Flashing header from a corner is the first real close shave for the Irish

BTW, your seat looks very empty at Sandalwood

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sorry - I read it too quickly. You're never a disappointment, mate. I had a great time with you lot last weekend.

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I do fill up a seat with my bulk, eh?

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Doesn't look like anything is clicking for the Belgians yet. Ireland with a rearguard action.

9:15 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Actually, no one is in the room right now... what a difference from the full house when you were here!

Had a great time too

9:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

De Bruyne slings in a free kick but no one gets on the end of it and it bounces safely behind.

9:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Second time the ball flashes across the box with no one to knock it in

9:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Will you be able to see the England match on Monday?

9:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kate is being a cheerleader for the Republic this morning, wearing a green t-shirt. Very cute, if I do say so.

9:20 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ireland finally get the ball in the box. Win back to back corners... of course they come to nothing

9:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Useless corner from the Ginger Winger. He was pants against Italy as well.

9:21 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I hope to rush out of school on Monday to get here for kick off. I might be a few minutes late but i'll be there.... WITHOUT MY ENGLAND SHIRT ON!

9:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Hazard blazes over the top when he had the whole goal to aim at.

9:22 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

That minute count is growing for Hazard... blazes over the bar

9:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll respect that choice. What were you wearing during the Wales match?

9:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Shane Long had a chance there but he ran into trouble.

9:23 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Time for a goal... off to the loo

9:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Belgium have it in the net but it's ruled offside.

9:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wilmots doesn't look a happy chappy.

9:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I thought that Tommy Smyth had been retired - crikey!

9:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Ginger pulls the trigger but it's easily saved by Randolph.

9:29 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am back

It didn't work!

9:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ireland have weathered the Belgian storm for half an hour here. If they pick up another draw, they might just be able to qualify with a third draw against Italy on Wednesday.

9:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It nearly did. Randolph saved one from Hazard onto the bar and then the rebound was ruled offside.

9:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A chorus of “Stand up for the Boys in Green” reverberates around the stadium as Ireland stroke the ball about with encouraging poise.

9:31 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

You say that about getting 3 points. Not sure if that is enough. England don't have enough yet. A loss and they would finish third and there a lot of teams on three right now

9:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Even for a best third place finish?

9:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I did like the look of Martens when he came on against Italy. I'm surprised he wasn't used today. Two defensive middies is too cautious for them.

9:35 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Too much passing and not enough penetration... sigh

9:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robbie Brady "singing in a different key" after that block, according to Tommy. LOL!

9:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree. Belgium have so many weapons, why not unleash them against a group of plodders like the Republic?

9:37 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Right now,
Group A
Romania can get 4
Albania can get 3
Group B
Slovakia 6
Russia 4
Group C
NI 6
Ukraine 3
Group D
Czech 4
Turkey 3
Group E
too early
Group F
too early

9:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Belgium spends a couple of minutes hogging the ball. But they circulate it too slowly to dislodge the Irish defence, whose concentration level has been high so far. For a team ranked by Fifa as the second-best in the world, Belgium have been rather mundane so far.

9:43 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Thats half... not good

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - as in so many of these matches, it's 0-0. The ESPN crew have had to come up with ever more inventive ways to describe a 0-0 draw and to hope to entice viewers to stick around for more rubbish.

9:47 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Off for walkies

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! I'm just back from the shower in time to see The Chunk slot Belgium's and his first goal of the tournament.

1-0!

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Belgium predictably drop deep to protect their slim 1-0 lead. Glen Whelan wins a corner.

10:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Witsel seals the match for Belgium with a powerful header past Randolph. Great ball in for Meunier.

2-0 Belgiums.

10:19 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Holy Crap... Shadow was a in a walking mood this morning and I missed TWO GOALS!

10:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The talented Napoli winger Dries Martens comes on to replace Carrasco.

Hard to see Ireland getting back into this one now.

10:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Is that the Shadow Curse now?

10:23 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Gotta open the pool soon... unlike last weekend... very swimmable weather this weekend

10:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good goals from Belgium - especially the second one. The first one was marred by a possible free kick for Ireland. The ref waved on and Belgium ran it back up the pitch.

10:24 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Loo or Shad... take your pick

Useless cross by the Irish...sigh

10:24 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

THAT'S TWO FOR MY GB pick!!

10:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Lukaku has a brace!!!!!

10:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Easy peasy. Lukaku now on par with the other Golden Boot candidates on two goals.

10:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Belgium finally showing their real quality.

10:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Irish trying to manfully play of here despite being three down with fifteen minutes left.

10:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A couple of people also picked Spain's Alvaro Morata who scored a brace yesterday.

10:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robbie Keane comes on for a late, late cameo - Long comes off.

10:35 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I need another Chunk goal

10:37 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is Benteke in the squad... what a fall from a perch after leaving for Anfield

10:42 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

This one is all done and dusted
I am off to do some pool and yard work

Have a great anniversary weekend

TTFN

10:46 AM  

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