Coeur found slumped at bottom of Quarry
What can we say about this week's match against Quarry Bank?
Well in honesty they outplayed us in every department, we also struggled with a scratch line up and made it easy for them in many aspects.
Again the selection process was one that caused Si headaches. A dearth of players available saw Coeur having to utilise the depths of the squad to try and give Quarry Bank a decent game. Sadly it failed. Mike Smith and Mark Redman were both called upon despite long absences for the pair. Mick Taylor had to play left back and was nursing a hangover after his 18th birthday celebrations. Paul Jordan had to fill in at left mid and Joe Carragher was played in an unfamiliar right midfield role.
Anyway enough grumbling about the lack of options and onto grumbling about the game itself. Quarry Bank scored their first goal after several warnings, when poor marking allowed the left winger to ghost in and fire a volley home from 10 yards. Coeur then held out quite well in the face of constant Quarry Bank pressure. The second goal was both brilliant and offside. The ball was lofted over the Coeur defence were the forward (2 or 3 yards offside) nodded it back to the midfielder. He then flicked it up and volleyed a brilliant shot past the helpless Kev from 25 yards. Excellent finish, but should have been disallowed.
With just minutes to half time, Draper outmuscled the left winger then was on the wrong end of a wild and horrific 2 footed lunge. Luckily for Draper his foot was not planted on the deck at the point of impact otherwise it would have been a nasty break. In a bit of a double whammy, the ref only booked the lad much to the amazement of both sides, and then he also awarded the free kick to Quarry as Draper's initial tackle was deemed a foul. As Kev lined up the wall Si overheard the decision to shoot being made. Si screamed to Kev to be aware and to make sure he covered 'his side' of the wall. However Kev was caught behind the wall as the ball was fizzed into the uncovered side of the net. To make matters worse a minute later Ste was caught the wrong side of the attacker and ended up grabbing him (in a non-gypsy way) and handing Quarry the chance to make it four from the spot, which they duly did.
Quarry Bank 4 Sacre Coeur 0
The half time team talk consisted of playing for pride and showing discipline and a bit of belief in the second half. Si demanded that every one concentrated and gave it their all in the second half. Barely minutes into the second half Coeur were ready to leave for home as Quarry Bank had added another 2 goals in quick succession. The first saw a 70 yard ball pumped from the back where inexplicably the forward was allowed to head it home on the edge of the 6 yard box, when the ball should have been claimed or cleared. The second was another penalty, when the attacker got tangled up with Kev and a tiring Mike Smith after another long ball through the middle. The attacker admitted it was a harsh award, but the young gingersnapper was not in as charitable a mood as he rifled it into the top corner of the net.
Coeur did mount a few offensives in the second half and both Redman and D'Cruze forced the keeper into excellent saves. D'Cruze then delighted the crowd, skinning 3 players in no space at all before again seeing his shot turned away acrobatically. Another Quarry Back goal was added when the ball broke loose after a good save from Kev. Unfortunately for Kev and Coeur it fell straight to a Quarry player who lashed it in from 12 yards.
Coeur's final indignation was complete when upon the award of a penalty, Mick Taylor tamely fired at the keeper who rounded off an excellent day for the runaway league leaders, by beating the ball away.
The game is now gone and let's put it behind us and get back to winning ways against Mossley Hill next week in a 6 pointer at the foot of the table.
Quarry Back 7 (seven) Sacre Coeur 0