After the trucido at the hands of Liobians the week before, Coeur 2nds bounced back with a strong performance and victory against Hope Park. Changes to the line-up saw McParland moved to centre half in place of the injured Chuk, Robinson in at right back, Rodgers in centre mid and Hodson chosen to partner top scorer Sinclair up front.
Sporting the away yellow tops Coeur in limine started the game with real gusto, Meadows and Rodgers where in the thick of the action with strong challenges to ensure that the Hope Park outfit quickly saw that there would be no repeat of the debacle from the week before.
In typical Buckley Hill fashion the art of football had to be sacrificed in order to battle the elements with the strong wind ensuring that the game was continually disrupted with throw ins. Yet despite this Coeur still manufactured some chances through the ever impressive Cahill on the right working well with Robinson behind him and Hodson up top.
At the other end of the pitch Capstick made a tremendous double save to deny the Hope attackers firstly saving a shot into the air then being first to the follow up.
It was a 'two fingered' gesture following the lex talionis to the thousands or so Couer fans who had marched and protested before the game in a bid to get club Chairman Summerfield to rip up his contract after he was pictured only hours after conceding 9 goals parting in the infamous 'Woodys' bar and reportedly lighting cigars with £50 notes.
With Coeur gaining more confidence it was only a matter of time before a goal came. Coeur where unfortunate not to score when Rodgers won the ball in his own box, dribbled the length of the pitch before laying it off to one of the wide men who then played it into the path of Hodson where he deceived the defender by laying it off to another Coeur attacker who shot wide.
Minutes later the stoic McParland made a similar run to Rodgers yet fell over the ball after attempting a step over only for Cahill to dribble into the box and shoot at the keeper with Sinclair making no mistake with the follow up.
Half time saw the introduction of Steele who made an instant impact scoring a header with his first touch which prima impressionis was fortunate. Clarkson had skipped out the way of challenges on the left and against all odds kept the ball in play before delivering a brilliant cross in between the defender and keeper for the Gaffer to head home.
Coeur began to utilise the left hand of the pitch in the second half with Daly at left back and Clarkson in front combining like Baines and Piennar to cause the Hope defence problems. Daly and McDougall also displayed fantastic passing at times.
Further changes saw Hughes and Gardener replace the injured Robinson and Sinclair and then a third goal goal through Vice Skipper Meadows. Another cool finish was followed by him striking the bar from a free kick showing why many pundits are calling for him to replace Lampard in the England team.
Hope scored a consolation goal after attacking down their left wing yet it was too little too late and despite forcing Capstick and McParland to clear up in the final five minutes the result never seemed in doubt.
Another tough game next week v Kingsford will determine if Couer have the tesiticular fortitude to challenge for honours this season.