Mossley Hill destroyed by D'Cruze Missiles
Coeur had started the Calendar year well with 3 straight wins, but over the last 2 weeks had suffered setbacks, losing undeservedly in the cup to De La Salle, then last week having their pants pulled down and their backsides spanked by a quality Quarry Bank side. This week was do or die. A far as six pointers go this one was massive to Coeur. They had slipped back into the bottom two last week after the drubbing the received and this game was going to give Mossley Hill the chance to claw themselves back to within 3 points of Coeur, or conversely allow Coeur to move 9 clear of Mossley Hill and draw themselves closer to sides such as Liverpool Medics and Ercanil in the fight for survival.
Selection again was the problem for Coeur. Shunter had declared himself available again though not 100% fit. However Draper was absent because of the challenge last week and Mark Redman joined him on the crocked list. Also absent from last week were Sean and Ste and Mike had returned to sheepskin duties for the seconds. At 1:30 Coeur were looking at having only 10 players (including Si) but at the last minute Dave Parry and Peter Price turned up to bolster the playing squad to 11 (plus Si).
The available players once again meant that Coeur played 3 at the back, with Robbie Phillips, Jay Kay and Dave occupying the defensive berths. Kev was again in goal and the wide men were Joe Carra and Pricey. In the centre of the park were Shunter, Martin and Mick Taylor, with D'Cruze and Jordan up front once more. Si cut a solitary figure on the bench.
It was obvious after 10 minutes of the game that Coeur were the better side and chances were coming thick and fast. Jordan and D'Cruze both went close before the latter fed a rampaging Joe Carragher in down the right hand side. Joe drove towards the goal and rifled a shot inches over the bar. Mossley Hill had offered very little at this stage and it was on 20 minutes that Coeur deservedly took the lead. A quick throw by Joe Carra was flicked on by Jay to D'Cruze. He killed the ball then went on a mazy run past 4 or 5 defenders before wrapping his left peg around the ball from 20 yards and firing it home to the delight of Coeur.
It was just what Coeur needed after their spell of possession and indeed their creation of chances. The second came five minutes later and again it was the creative prowess of D'Cruze that came to the fore. He started out on the left touchline 5 yards from the corner flag, gliding past the little angry gingernut, he slipped past another defender and scooted along the byline. Coeur players were flying into the box for the cut back, but Rich opened his body up and somehow slipped the ball into the Mossley net.
The remainder of the half saw Coeur comfortably in control, but concentration was required for them to go into the break 2 goals to the good.
Sacre Coeur 2 Mossley Hill 0
Half time saw the players congratulated for a decent half, then sent out to ensure that they kept Mossley fed on scraps. Within minutes of the restart Coeur should have seen their lead cut in half, fortunately for them one of the 2 lads from JLS* who were playing for Mossley (*Might not have actually been them) somehow contrived to hit the post from a matter of feet away. Coeur reacted brilliantly and burst up the other end on a quick counter attack which saw the ball slammed home from 20 yards by the excellent D'Cruze.
The game was effectively over as a contest but Coeur pressed home their advantage when Martin Edwards was on the end of another excellent move, smashing the ball home from 16 yards before the keeper even saw it. The match was sealed 5 minutes later when Pricey burst clear down the left and slid the ball across for the industrious Mick Taylor to fire home. Further chances were created and 4 or 5 times the referee incorrectly ruled Coeur players offside as the game was one way traffic.
Mossley had been reduced to scraps, but somehow Kev managed to turn them into haute cuisine as he waved another innocuous shot past the post, only for it to roll inside the post. Mossley continued to press and scored a second after some casual defending from Coeur. With the game petering out neither side created any further chances of note. In fact the only other thing to mention was that Si came on for an 8 minute cameo and proceeded to fall over 3 times.
A decent win, but not without silly errors. Coeur have now won 4 out of 5 in the league, but need to continue picking up points in their attempt to escape from the prospect of relegation.
Sacre Coeur 5 Mossley Hill 2