Sacre Coeur maintained their unbeaten record on another sunny day at Buckley Hill against the same Flames team they had defeated the week before.
Before the game got underway a minutes silence was perfectly observed in memory of the 96 fans that never made it home. The show of respect from both teams was doubly poignant for the referee who had suffered bereavement earlier in the week from his affiliation at Bluecoat FC.
The starting line-up saw McParland in for Robinson and Roy in for Rogers with Gardener moving to centre mid. Capstick also replaced the Florida bound Tom Blance between the sticks.
After a warning from Steele that this would be the toughest game of the season so far after last week's result Coeur found themselves chasing the game for most if the first half. Passing from all players was sloppy and people where getting dragged out of position.
Frustrations began to show between Coeur players peppered by the referee's insistence to blow for every minor foul or overly strong tackle. Flames managed to craft a chance or two but the imposing Capstick saw most of them all travel wide bar one long range effort which he saved.
At the other end and despite the slow start Coeur managed to create some chances, Meadows putting a swerving cross into the box for Steele to hit first time only for the Flames goalie to make an uncharacteristic good save. Hughes blazed wide after some good work down the wing and Sinclair also failed to hit the target. Meadows saw an overhead kick unlucky not to hit the back of the net.
Leading from the back as always was Coeur's defender Chuk who put in a solid performance to prove why he is arguably the best defender in the club, if not the league.
It's ironic then that the Flames keeper also goes by the name 'Chuck' yet fails to possess any of the skills that should go with the name. A change of sport may help as proved by him attempting to maim Steele in a challenge that would have been more at home in the WWE.
Half time allowed the squad to refocus and a double substitution saw Cahill and Clarkson of for Gardener and Roy. If any players needed inspiration then Daly was the man to look at after putting in a great shift at left mid.
The second half began with a different feel to the first with Coeur in the ascendancy. Stronger at the back with the stewardship of McDougall, Coeur began to play more attacking, one touch football.
Cahill and Clarkson made instant impacts with their assured control of the ball and vision for picking out a pass with the latter putting Steele through on the right hand side of the box who drove a fierce shot through the legs of the keeper into the goal.
More chances fell to the Coeur attackers and more good work from Clarkson skipping past one player before laying the ball off to Sinclair who bagged his 10th league goal in only his third game.
Coeur performed well to see the game out, there was a short spell of pressure from Flames with their number 9 hitting the post with a superb 35 yard effort but after the introduction of housewives' favourite Robinson the pressure eased.
Controversy surrounded the final whistle after Coeur saw a goal incorrectly ruled out, Steele chasing a through ball before the Flames keeper 'Tweedledum' and the right back 'Tweedledee' both slid in at the same time only to see the Coeur striker skip past and put the ball in the back of the net. The ref blew his whistle and gave a drop ball, he reasoning was he didn't know if the players were hurt or not. Hopefully this won't cost Coeur in terms of goal difference at the end of the season.
Despite a shaky start Coeur can be pleased their unbeaten run has continued and it was great to see a clean sheet achieved.
Real competition for places now and some positions may see lads facing rotation.