Buckley Hill was again the venue for Coeur, who after the last display, would have to produce a massively improved performance to beat Cardinal Newman from the 2nd Division. The pitch was in excellent condition taking into account the amount of precipitation it had soaked up over the last fortnight.
Coeur welcomed Degsy back into the midfield replacing Gav Scott who dropped to the bench and Mally Harper was reinstated to the starting line-up in place of Andy Blackburn. Cardinal Newman, like Coeur, had defeated 1st division opposition in the previous round and were looking to progress to the final four of the Senior Shield, however they met a Coeur side who were in no mood to surrender their place in this years competition.
Both sides started fairly brightly, playing some decent football, in spite of the gale force wind sweeping across the pitch. Coeur were the better side in the first half yet it was Cardinal Newman who came closest to scoring with a lob striking the top of the bar, from their only decent attempt on goal. Half time 0 - 0.
Coeur decided at half time that this game was theirs for the taking and upped their efforts in the second half. Paul Carr and Craig Burns were lively up front and were supported well by the marauding Mally Harper. Neil Shelley was stifiling any attacking attempt by Newman's midfield and Degsy was dictating a lot of Coeur's positive play. Coeur had Cardinal Newman pinned in their half for long periods of the second half yet despite going very close during a series of corners and throw-ins couldn't find the illusive opening goal.
As Andy Blackburn was being readied to enter the procedings, hoping to continue his knack of being in the right place at the right time, Coeur took the lead. A cross was swung in from the left hand side and Paul Carr lept highest at the far post to bullet a header into the net. Coeur looked comfortable on this lead but knew that Cardinal Newman would come back at them strongly.
Cardinal Newman's forwards were being expertly marshalled by Andy Rannard, Mike Carr and Dave Looby and Si Furlong was largely untroubled in Coeur's goal having only to push a free kick over the bar during the whole of the second half. Rob Philiskirk and Alan Hulthen were looking threatening down Coeur's flanks and produced several good crosses into the danger zone. Once again though it was left to a piece of individual brilliance from Craig Burns to seal the match for Coeur. Craig managed to flick a cross that had drifted behind him over his head, and that of the defenders, he then cooly lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper into the back of the net.
From that point on Coeur cruised home looking far more likely to add more goals, than Newman. Andy Blackburn, Mike Smith and Gav Scott were all introduced during the final 20 minutes giving a well earned rest to Dave Looby, Alan Hulthen and Craig Burns respectively.
2 - 0 was a scoreline that didn't really reflect the dominance that Coeur had in the second half, but it was a very satisfying win, comfortably seeing off what could have been tricky oppenents. Excellent spirit displayed to bounce back strongly from an horrendous performance last time out.
Sacre Coeur 2 - 0 Cardinal Newman