Short Match Report .....
A sunny afternoon in Thornton say Sacre Coeur First Team play Leyfield - both teams coming up from the 2nd Division.
Last Years results 5v1 and 4v0 to the Coeur.
A couple of changes for Coeur as Robin Miles replaced Dave the Goalie (in goal obviously - Dave suffering from Man-Flu); Still a regular centre-half missing with Stuey Aitkin filling in alongside T-bob. Jamesy and Mick Carra making up the back four. Lee Owens was back in the middle of the park after missing the last few games through injury and playing alongside Cherry Bomber. Robbie Boardman right wing, Cooper left. With John Carra and Big Dunc missing it was up to Roachy and Ginger to lead the line. Kingy, Pete Spelly (returning from injury) & Ste B made up the bench.
The game started brightly for the neutral as both teams attacked from the off and it was fairly even for the first fifteen minutes.
17 minutes in and a good ball by Roachy to ROBBIE BOARDMAN who rifled the ball home for one-nil.
19 minutes gone and a great ball over the top by Ginger found GARY ROACH who nodded the ball over the advancing keeper for two nil.
Sacre Coeur were now firing on all cylinders and going forward at every opportunity.
22 minutes gone and a poor clearance by the Leyfield keeper found Roachy who thundered a shot back in which the keeper tipped onto the post with an excellent save.
23 minutes gone and an intricate piece of play by Ginger and Roachy ended with Ginger being put through and just flashing his shot wide.
A minute later Roachy, with an outstanding passage of play, skinned a few defenders down the right and whipped a cross over to Ginger who narrowly missed the target shooting over.
26 minutes gone and it was Leyfields turn to do something - a goalmouth scramble in the Coeur penalty area but eventually turned out to safety.
Still 2-0 and could have been five.
37 minutes gone and another good move between Ginger and Robbie B ended with ROBBIE BOARDMAN slotting home his second and Coeur's third of the afternoon. 3-0.
Half-time. Three nil to the Coeur and it was all one way traffic.
9 minutes into the second half and a good move down the left found Lee Owens on the edge who flashed a shot wide.
12 minutes in and a great piece of play between Mick Carra and Cooper down the left eneded with a cross into the box deftly headed down by Ginger for Robbie Boardman who just couldn't get a shot off.
A minute later a long throw was flicked on by Roachy to the onrushing Cherry who was unlucky not to finish.
14 minutes in and another great run by Roachy found Robbie B on the edge of the box who shot over.
15 minutes in and a good turn in the middle of the park by Cherry who fed Ginger who's first time shot went wide.
16 minutes in and another good move down the right ended with a shot wide by Cherry. STILL 3-0.
23 minutes in and a long ball from Robbie B put Roachy in on gaol but he shot over.
40 minutes in and a long throw was flicked on to the onrushing Robbie Boardman who shot over.
42 minutes of the second half gone - three to go and................Kingy picks up the ball just inside his own half, beads of sweat trickling down his determined brow as the sun shines down on a glorious Saturday afternoon. He beats one, drops a shoulder and beats another, megs one, cruyf turns one more and he's 40 yards out. A bit of power takes him past another defender. He looks up, sees the keeper rooted to his line, so a lob is out of the question, decides to unleash a thunderbolt arrow-like 25 yarder into the top corner of the bulging net, keeper beaten all the way. He runs away, arm aloft (Shearer-esque) as the crowd go absolutey mental as they have just witnessed the best amateur football goal in the World...................
Okay, maybe it didn't happen like that, but I'm sure that's how it will be in Kingy's dream.
42 minutes in and good work by Robbie B in the box holding the ball up and finding the onrushing JAMIE KING to slide the ball home from six yards. 4-0.
Full Time 4-0.
Some great outstanding performances today.