It has been sometime since Coeur tasted victory, in fact it had been sometime since Coeur had tasted anything but defeat. At no point this season have we walked away from the game thinking that we had just been taught a lesson, or had our @rses handed to us. Analysis of football these days is often over the top, but as far as Coeur's season has gone, no fancy gadgets were required to come to the conclusion that a goal threat was seriously lacking. Defensively, there are only 2 sides in the division that have conceded less than Coeur, however the measily total of 6 league goals is the lowest of all. As the old addage goes, 'Goals win games'.
Today would hopefully offer an opportunity to instill some confidence in front of goal. A Senior Shield tie against Rockville (Wallasey) saw Coeur welcome the visitors who sat bottom of the fifth tier of the Old Boys League. Despite languishing towards the foot of the 2nd division, Coeur had disposed of 1st division Cadinal Newman in the previous round after an epic match and a penalty shootout. Today, Coeur were looking to ensure that another upset was not on the cards. The pre match talk was all about, dedication, commitment and ruthlesness. If Coeur adopted the right attitude, then theoretically, their ability would carry them through. Once more Si had a full compliment, so the side lined up with Kev in goal, the regulars at the back Joe, Tommy and Jay, this week reinstated with Shunter at left back. Midfield saw Micks, Taylor, and Draper joined by Mally in the centre and on the left by the returning Kev Henerty. Up front this week was Lynchy and Peter Price. The bench was occupied by Mark Redman, Andy Blackburn and Ste Burke. New signing Mick Lynch the second (no relation to Mick Lynch of Lynchy fame) was also in attendance though ineligible as he hadn't played the prerequisite number of league matches.
The match started with Coeur attacking Rockville at will. Chances were coming quicker than a teenager seeing his first flash of nipple. Excuse me if I miss any of the opportunities, but keeping track of them all was difficult. Corners were proving particularly fruitful, as Rockville didnt appear to have anyone who knew how to head a ball. Peter Price went close to opening the scoring, but his header back across goal missed the post by inches. Then Tommy Stevo had heading practice as he forced a decent save out of the keeper, before heading a further two corners just off target. Mally in the centre of the park also cracked in a howitzer, but his shot rebounded of the post. Next up was Jay Kay who headed off target from a corner, then Draper forced the keeper into another decent save. Joe Carragher also decided to get in on the action. He skipped past a couple of defenders before rifling in a drive from 25 yards which whistled just past the upright. Tommy Stevo, not content with missing headers, then proceded to blam a free kick over when there were 3 or 4 candidates waiting to take it.
Whilst the creation of all these chances was great to watch, Rockville managed to sneak away on the break and earn a free kick in a dangerous position. Fortunately, the ball was fired wide of the goal. Rockville's only other sortie into Coeur territory saw Jay Kay take charge in Coeurs box, before galloping off down the left hand flank a la Emlyn Hughes (Crazy Horse). The run was reminiscent of the one in the Millhouse game where Jay burst past the entire left hand side of the oppositions team, before crossing into the box for Peter Price. This time Peter met the ball sweetly, and guided it past the Rockville keeper for the much deserved (and needed) opener. At last Coeur had managed to convert one of numerous chances and just before the interval as well. Then as if buses, the second arrived immeadiately. Another corner from the right was once again met by the meat of Stevo's forehead, this time though, it thumped into the back of the net, to double Coeur's advantage.
Sacre Coeur 2 Rockville (Wallasey) 0
The second half continued in the same manner, with Coeur attacking at will. Again plenty of chances were created, but they would go in. Stevo tried some ridiculous overhead kick, he connected, the ball dissappeared (NASA say it is due to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere sometime in the next week). Mally then grabbed the ball in the middle of the park, skipped past a couple and reaquainted the ball with the paint of the Buckley Hill goalframe, this time the bar being struck. Rockville toiled away, but Coeur were still vastly superior. With 30 minutes to go, Ste Burke was introduced for Peter Price, and Mark entered procedings at the expense of Mick Taylor. Ste went to left back, Kev went up front, and Shunter moved menacingly to left mid. Within minutes, Shunter barged throught the defence and slammed the ball home to seal the victory. Andy Blackburn was then brought onto replace Lynchy up front. Yet another corner saw yet another free header for Stevo, this time though, the show-boating centre half flung himself full length and bonced it into the net for his second and Coeur's fourth.
Mark Redman was soon on the scoresheet, as he drifted in from the right to apply the killer touch, which sent Coeur five goals clear. Coeur still weren't finished at this stage and fellow substitute, Andy Blackburn, also turned poacher, as he prodded in Coeur's sixth. Rockville then sprung a suprise attack, and full marks must go to Kev, who awoke from his slumber in his deckchair and produced a fine save from and excellent strike. At this point the icing was on the cake and it fell to Andy Blackburn to pop the cherry on top of the icing on the cake. Humourously though, Mully, dropped the cherry and proceded to stand on it. Mully got the ball in the six yard box, fed it to Mark who flipped it back to Mully, just 2 or 3 feet from goal. As it dropped Mully decided to las the ball home, but somehow managed to fire it wide, when it was surely easier to score.
A decent performance, a few goals, and a cartload of chances. Hopefully this will restore some confidence in front of goal, however Coeur aren't naive enough to think it will be like this every week. In summary, Coeur were in a no win situation as a decent victory was expected, happily Coeur delivered. Well played lads and lets take this form back into the league program.