After a good schooling from the Ravenwood boys on wed, Coeur 2nds returned to action against Si Furlong's outfit at a sunny day in Kirkby.
After some players spotted one Luis Suarez being driven out of The Academy (apparently he is a Liverpool player known for his very right wing views and I don't mean on the pitch) on the way to the game, it was a 90 minutes best known for a game of two halves.
For the first 45 mins the seconds playing in white had the majority of possession and chances yet due to the dogged partnership of Robbie Phil and Degsy at the back were restricted to long range chances. Meds, Berger, Josh, Sinclair even goal virgin McParland all saw chances either denied by the keeper or off target, the newly singe Pete 'Playboy' Morgan also unlucky with some close range chances and Phil Steele narrowly shot over the bar.
Prior to the half time whistle, and after taking an excessively long time to get ready (stalling tactics?) Club veteran, legend and seasoned goalie Si Furlong entered the fray in the unfamiliar guise of striker for the opposition and proceeded to make a mark on the game by fouling the stoic Chuk.
With the coming of the second half came a change in the direction of the game with the blues controlling both possession and chances. Even Furlong, a stranger in the opposition half let alone the opposition box had two chances, the second seeing him control with his right and blaze over the bar with his left foot.
In the week that saw Tony Hibbert score for Everton, residents of Kirkby, and anyone driving on the M57 at around 15:50 who were looking up as they drove can say they bore witness to a Furlong thunderbolt.
As the whites began to react to the improvement from the blues they conceded after Chris Mc's impression of Lionel Messi saw a young blues striker released to score past Blance. The white's response came immediately, Josh Daley putting a cross in from the right for Ste Meadows to volley from over his head at the edge of the box past the keeper.
Ten minutes later Steele, released down the left by Liam Roy hurdled the out rushing keeper and after being forced out wide launched a curling cross from the side of the pitch which looped over Sinclair and the keeper who had ran back, into the back of the net. Yet the relentless blues struck again, Jay Mc this time the victim of some grate technique from the blue's winger who brought the ball down, turned Jay and placed his shot top corner.
Almost from the kick off, Berger collected the ball, shimmied past a couple of defenders and curled into the back of the net for the goal of the game.
Overall both teams need to improve yet pleasing to see how close the game was which bodes well for the club as a whole, also good to see the return of Morgan and Nick Gardener.
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