Sometimes people read Hollywood scripts and think, 'as if, that's way too far fetched'. Today's match was akin to one of those ludicrous stories. Firstly Coeur were shorn of their midfield pairing of Kenni and Degsi, due to work commitments and a CentreParks weekend respectively. Then late cry offs led to Si Furlong being on the bench for the second week running. The match was then delayed as Waterloo claimed their keeper was in the changing rooms, when the only lad in the changies was on crutches.
The game kicked off with Waterloo having 10 men and a reluctant goal keeper. Buckley Hill had also managed to serve up its finest dose of swirling wind as well. 5 minutes into the game a car sped up the sideline before the keeper bundled out of it and proceded to get changed for the match.
Anyway onto the football, well what little of it was being played. The wind was making it difficult for both sides to get the ball under control and a decent passing move seemed less likely than Lord Lucan riding Shergar in pursuit of the Scarlet Pimpernal. It was apparent that mistaked were going to prove costly today and indeed it was the case as Waterloo's holding midfielder and the two centre halves somehow lost the ball and Craig Burns nipped in and rounded the keeper before slotting home from an acute angle.
Both sides had half chances before the break but in truth neither keeper was seriously tested until Tommy Stevenson flicked a Rob Hatton throw in over the keeper and into the top corner of the net to double Coeur's advantage.
Sacre Coeur 2 - 0 Waterloo
The second half saw more of the script writer's work come to fruition. Coeur were on top at this stage and a few of the Waterloo players were getting frustrated. A poor tackle on Mick Taylor saw him upset by the challenge. His protest at the tackle though, was met with a shove to the chest which sent him to the deck. Players dived in but only to prevent any further altercation. The referee saw sense and dismissed the lad from Waterloo.
Next saw the keeper landing awkwardly after making a save and despite lengthy treatment, having to be replaced.
His replacement was someone Coeur have come to know well. Arch nemesis in the 2005 season when Waterloo pipped us to the title, Terry Royle (snr) took the gloves and offered to go in goal.
Now Terry was always known as a centre half and it is fair to say his goalkeeping is not of the same standard as his centre half play. Terry had the ball in his hands and looked to bowl a quick ball out to the full back, only to attempt to stop as Wes Grego began to close him down. Unfortunately for Terry, he lost his grip on the ball and it dropped as Wes Grego's feet. Wes duly rounded the keeper and then foolishly stopped the ball on the line before getting down to head it in. At this point two of the Waterloo players spat their dummies and proceeded to walk off the pitch. Wes apologised to some of the Waterloo lads, but the other two had already made their mind up and walked off. It later transpired that the lads weren't upset as Wes but at Terry's goalkeeping!!!!
Another poor tackle followed as the number 12 took it upon himself to rearrange Bob Marley's upper thigh.
As if the game wasnt strange enough, Si decided to withdraw Bob with 3 minutes to go and put himself on.
Mike Smith sent Si up front and to what effect!! With a minute left on the clock Craig Burns threaded a ball through to Si who took it just inside the box. 8 bobbles and a complete inability to get it onto his favoured left peg, Si fired it off his right shin into the bottom corner to open his goalscoring account after 15 years at the club.
Si took off to the corner flag with his @rse on display and was unsuprisingly not joined by his colleagues who were too busy trying to get the ref to book him.
A decent win in difficult conditions sees Coeur move to 13 points from their opening 5 games.
Next week will be tougher as they face Naylorfield in the Senior Shield
Sacre Coeur 4 - 0 Waterloo