Another season saw Coeur taking on the friendly foes of Alsop. Pleasantries exchanged the sides strode out onto the lush grass of Jacobs, sadly the grass was far too long and Coeur were in danger of losing Mick Taylor and Craig in the undergrowth.
The game got underway and both sides struggled with the weight of their passes on the deck. As a consequence the quality of the football was far from at a premium. Neither side created anything in the first 20 minutes before Craig Burns wriggled past three defenders, but was unable to find the vital yard of space to get his shot off. Alsop then had a long range howitzer dealt with by Kev in an unorthadox, but effective manner. This proved to be the only moment of discomfort he had in the first half.
Coeur had more of the football at this stage and Mick Taylor, the younger brother of Kev, provided Coeur with a threat down the left, and it was he who came closest to opening the scoring as he turned sharply and fired against the foot of the Alsop post. Despite the advantage in possesion Coeur were enjoying, very few chances were carved out.
Alsop 0 Sacre Coeur 0
The second half continued in a similar manner, with Coeur enjoying more of the possesion and Alsop looking to counter at any opportunity. Coeur had a decent penalty shout turned down after a shove in the back from the Alsop defender.
With 10 minutes to go Alsop took the lead after a long thrown in was headed home from 8 yards out.
Coeur responded and tried to grab an equaliser. Craig jinked past a couple of defenders and flashed a shot just past the post from 20 yards, then with minutes to go Rob Shunter found himself clean through, but was unable to take the gilt edged chance. The last two minutes saw another penalty claim turned down, though many thought it had been a fresh air shot that caused the tumble, even thought the defender later admitted to having just clipped the heels to cause the fall.
Deep into injury time Kev Lea flicked an outrageous effort with th outside of his left boot, over the despairing keeper, but sadly it fell just over the angle of post and bar.
I dont think anyone could argue that Coeur deserved a point, in fact even three points wouldnt have been a heist. The reality though, was that both sides had failed to get going and Alsop had snook a win by converting one of few chances in the game.
Alsop 1 Sacre Coeur 0