Sacre Coeur Former Pupils Football Club
Si Furlong's Third Team
Liverpool Old Boys Amateur League Division 1
Old Xaverians
Liverpool Old Boys
Div 1
1 - 0
Sacre Coeur

starting line up
John Barlow
Andy Rannard
John Baxendale
Alan Hulthen
Rob Philiskirk
Rob Hatton
Kenni Jackson
Derrick Burns
Gav Scott
Chris Trow
Craig Burns
John Doyle

opposition :
Old Xaverians (A)
competition :
Liverpool Old Boys Div 1
match date :
kick off time :
played at :
S.F.X. College
referee :
Dave Chapple

Chris Trow

Chris toiled hard up front and was unfortunate not to equalise for Coeur. Another day could have seen him score a couple had the bounce of the ball been kinder.

Despite starting Saturday with 16 players at his disposal, Si Furlong was livid on reaching SFX College to find he only had 12. Andy Blackburn had been drafted into the seconds whilst Dave Looby was released to the Vets, leaving the 3rds with a full compliment of 14. Or so they thought. Mally Harper turned up at the school looking like a bag of shite, without a boot in sight. Though surely he could have brought along the old one he claimed to have been fumbling with until 7am. Andy Moran, didn't serve up such a limp excuse, in fact he didn't bother speaking to anyone at all until Doyley managed to get hold of him just before kick off. So Coeur lined up with the solitary figure of John Doyle on the bench. Alan Hulthen was also back in the fold and filling in for the (once again) holidaying Mike Smith at the back.

After two reasonable performances, yet two disapointing results Couer were looking to gain there first win of the season. Saying that the first 15 minutes saw Old Xavs dominate with a free kick hitting the top of the bar and another cross also dropping onto the top of the woodwork. Coeur were definitely second best at this stage and struggling to get their game going. 20 minutes into the game Coeur had found their feet and were starting to look a little more threatening, but were forced into using their solitary sub. Alan Hulthen, after making his return from an injury plagued 12 months, decided to once again vie with Michael Owen for the most regularly crocked player in European football. A clumsy tackle and awkward landing put pay to Hulthen's involvement in the game as he limped of with an injured ankle. The withdrawal saw Degsy dropped into the back line from an advanced role, thus limiting Coeur's creative flair. Within minutes of the reshuffle a poor goal was conceded. The Xavs forward was allowed far to much time and space on the byline as he turned and fed a ball across the 6 yard box. Another Xavs player strolled in at the back post, had time to serve a cool beer to Rob Phil who must have been sat on his deckchair, and roll the ball into the net. Coeur were more positive after this but created next to nothing in the remainder of the first half, whilst Xavs seemed happy to be in front.

Half Time 0 - 1

The Second half was another 45 minute serving of footballing gruel. Xavs never really offered any threat and Coeur toiled painfully without utilising the space out wide on the perfect Xavs pitch. Several of Coeur's players were suffering towards the end (much like the lads on the sideline had been for the 90 minutes) and Gav, Craig and Rannard were all carrying knocks that would have seen them replaced, had there been any subs available. With time running out Coeur sprung into action, Craig, Chris and Rob Phil combined well down the right flank before Rob flighted a great cross into the Xavs box, where Chris Trow met it full on the volley. The ball flew past the helpless keeper only to come thundering back of the bar and away to safety.
All in all a disapointing day from start to finish. What was more galling was the fact that Xavs were ther for the taking and we were far to limp to do anything about it.

Full Time 0 - 1