A long trip out to the back end of St Helens proved to be painful in more ways than one.
An arduous drive was followed by aheavy defeat at the hands of Penlake. Arriving at the ground Coeur were astounded to see a lush, green and flat playing surface and on closer inspection it proved to be a massive pitch as well, almost needing binoculars to see from one side to the other.
Unfortunately, a few late withdrawals left Coeur with 12 men, which was bolstered, in numbers if not in talent, by Si donning a kit. Coeur lined up with a youthful side, sprinkled with one or two old heads such as the Rannards and Joe Carragher.
Coeur started brightly enough with plenty of movement and enthusiasm, though they fell behind when an unmarked striker fired home after 20 minutes. Coeur responded and twice Jon played intelligent through balls past the Penlake back line, but sadly on both occasions the ball just evaded the intended recipient.
Penlake doubled their lead just before the break when a decent strike from the edge of the box, evaded Josh's best efforts.
Penlake 2 Sacre Coeur 0
The second half proved to be more one way traffic as Coeur struggled to deal with the experience in the Penlake side. The third came when Josh made a decent save, only for the ball to fall into the path of the striker to tap home. Another followed on the hour as Josh was unable to keep the ball out with his foot and the ball ricocheted into the top of the net.
The final ten minutes saw Coeur concede twice more, the first through a defensive blunder and then the last with a rasping shot that hit the bar twice before crossing the line.
A tough match for the young Couer side, but they will learn plenty from this and hopefully will continue to improve as a side.
Penlake 6 Sacre Coeur 0