A trip down the drive to Mossley Hill/Allerton, was in order this week as Coeur faced Convocation. There were a few missing from last week, but for the first time since the opening day of the season, Coeur were able to name 3 subs. Rob Philiskirk was back, as were the defensive duo of Shunter and Stevo. Coeur lined up with Shunter, Stevo, Jay Kay and Joe Carragher across the back line. Kev was in goal, and the midfield quartet saw, Kev Henerty and Mick Taylor on the flanks, with Mally and Lynchy in the middle. The forwards berths were taken by Craig and Mark Redman.
The first half was awash with some brilliant football and fantastic passing moves, sadly though both goals were far from easy on the eye. Coeur found themselves a goal down in the first 6 minutes, when a corner from the right, floated directly into the net. Joe on the post couldn't grow enough to head it clear and Kev was beaten by the flight. Call it a fluke, call it a mistake, call it brilliant, irrespective of your outlook, Coeur were a goal down. The response was excellent, and on several occasions, Coeur strung together 15 or 20 passes before creating good chances to equalise. Kev Henerty was first to benefit, as he galloped clear of the defense, drifted onto his favoured left peg, but unfortunately pulled his shot just wide of the right hand post. Minutes later Craig Burns timed his run to perfection, and was found by an excellent cross from the left. He took the header on first time and lofted it back over the keeper, and agonisingly, just over the bar.
It wasn't one way traffic by any means, but Convocation didn't deserve to be ahead, let alone two. The second came from another corner, the cross was delivered from the left this time, and Kev was unable to collect the ball cleanly. It dropped invitingly for the forward who nodded home with ease.
Again Coeur rallied, and Tommy Stevo found Mick Taylor who cut back from the by line and shot from a tight angle, when the pass was probably a better option. With half time looming, Coeur continued to press and a glorious move saw the ball knocked about brilliantly. Shunter advanced from left back and strode onto a beautifully weighted pass before hammering a shot in from 25 yards, the keeper however arched his back and tipped the ball over the crossbar.
A great football spectacle took a breather with Coeur 2 - 0 down, despite playing some fantastic football. Convocation had played their part too, but the two goals they had been gifted proved to be the difference.
Convocation 2 Sacre Coeur 0
Coeur went into the second half knowing that they were far from out of the game, despite trailing by 2 goals. The game ebbed and flowed with both sides showing plenty of attacking ambition. Coeur again went close, but still couldn't find the critical breakthrough. 10 minutes into the half, Shunter tried to out muscle the nippy winger, but the lad was fractionally too quick and robbed the ball. He advanced down the right and crossed it, where it was struck home from 15 yards, despite the best efforts of Joe Carragher. The game was pretty much over and done with as a contest.
The game decended into what can only be described as two separate games of attack versus defence. Midfields disappeared, and both sets of defences did well to repel the alternating onslaughts. Convocation struck a fourth, whilst Coeur wasted chance after chance. 10 minutes from time Shunter struck a consolation goal from Coeur, though he may have been offside. Coeur pressed for the remaining 10 minutes, but poor decision making cost them the opportunity to grab a second and really put the pressure on Convocation.
The result was thoroughly shattering, but the football played was excellent, specifically in the first half. However 3 simple mistakes from Coeur gave the opposition a comfort zone, which they hardly deserved. This game was far closer than the scoreline suggested, but Coeur cant complain, until they cut out the silly mistakes.
Convocation 4 Sacre Coeur 1