It was commented a few weeks back by Wavertree that Coeur had a big backline, that were dominant in the air. How frustrating for Coeur that against league leaders Naylorsfield, they were shorn of all of their regular backline and had to employ lads better suited to the wide positions at the back. Naylorsfield are a decent side, make no mistake about that, however it was their physical presence in the air, coupled with a dissapointing defensive performance (collectively), that would be the defining factor in this match.
The first half saw Coeur and Naylorsfield trading blows with both sides having excellent opportunities to break the deadlock. John Doyle came closest for Coeur with a fierce drive the just missed the upright. Naylorsfield took the lead and to be honest their were probably in the ascendency at this stage, despite Coeur having threatened on several occasions. Chances came and went for both sides but the half finished without any further additions to the score.
Half Time 0 - 0
Despite losing Mally Harper to injury at the break Coeur came out at the start of the second half confident that they could salvage something from this game and immeadiately gifted Naylorsfield a second. Kenni Jackson was unfortunate to slip,yet was extremely fortunate to not to permanantly damage his Gentleman's paraphonalia as the slip caused him to perform a stunnig version of the splits. Anyhow, his slip allowed the winger a chance to pick out a target in the middle, which he did to perfection. The big midfielder did the neccessary and thumped home his second header of the game. Barely minutes later, Coeur had conceded a third as a simple nearpost corner was headed home to kill off Coeur's spirits and with them the match.
The wind picked up, the temperature dropped and Si and Mally stood freezing on the line as Coeur fell apart and began to capitulate. Naylorsfield scored a fourth header and further highlighted Coeur's lack of inches at the back. A fifth was added late on when a deflected shot left John Barlow helpless to prevent it from nestling in the corner.
Naylorsfield dominated the second half and thoroughly deserved the victory, but Coeur were left wondering if an aerial presence at the back could have prevented some of their woes. In conclusion: Miserable day, Miserable performance, Miserable outcome.
Full Time 0 - 5