Jay Chuk Kenni Josh
John Meds Ollie/Nick Roy/Rob
After a week off the 3rds returned to action against a Roby team sitting a place above the whites with games in hand.
Still without the injured Sinclair upfront Steele resorted to a 4-1-4-1 formation with Chris Mc deployed behind the centre mid pairing of Meds and Ollie to allow him to supplement his key asset of winning headers with his impressive passing range.
Chris didn’t look out of place in the role and combined well with the occasional ‘one two’ with his midfield colleagues and also some crunching but fair tackles against the Roby number 8.
The first half performance from Coeur was their best this season. Passing was sublime with the ball used on the deck at the back with McParland switching play from the wings to the middle, John Hughes passing and moving into space with the Meds and Ollie and Josh and Liam Roy combining down the left like a better looking version of Baines and Pienarr.
The first goal came from a source that has been threatening each game. Finding himself in space Ollie made no mistake with a volley from outside of the box that went passed the keepers right.
At the other end good tackling and talking from Kenni helped ensure that Macca had little to do, but when tested Macca was on hand to stop any danger. Macca’s distribution was once again faultless timing kicks right and utilising Steele at times but also at other times the wings.
The second goal came via an unlikely source to some…but not for the gaffer.
After a trademark run by Chuk weaving in and out of the robust Roby challenges he was finally felled inside the box, probably just before he was going to bury his shot (as if) and the ref pointed correctly to the spot.
With the penalty taker role having passed from Steele to Meds to Sinclair and all three having missed (some in 2 games running..ahem..Phil) the gaffer presented the ball to Liam Roy having seen him first hand bury penalty after penalty in training. A surprise move to some of his team mates Roy repaid the faith placed in him by coolly putting the ball top left. The keeper guessed correctly but such was the accuracy of the pen that he had no chance. Speaking later Roy said he had the sun in his eyes while he took it but ‘I knew where to put it anyway’.
Next week Roy will be on free kicks too.
Second half saw Coeur having to defend more, Roby game firing out of the blocks.
Jay Mc had to deal with the constant menace of a winger who seemed more akin to wrestling than football backed up by the argumentative number 8 who seemed happy enough to leave his studs in on our lads but as soon as the Welsh Pitbull Ollie got stuck was moaning to the ref.
The first goal came from after pressure from the Roby outfit gaffer’s comment “..was pissed off we conceded and cant remember what happened”
The second goal came after a contentious ref decision saw the afore mentioned wing menace race down the line and put a shot/cross across goal for Macca to fumble the ball into the back of the net. Prior to this Macca had made two tremendous saves to deny the Roby team.
Changes saw Steele, Roy and Ollie subbed off in place of Rob, Nick and Lawson who had little time to make an impact but Lawson in particular looked lively.
Sinclair, greeted with a chorus of boos from the away opposition won the ball at the edge of the box, skipped past one challenge and was ready to score the winner just as the ref amazingly blew the whistle? A typical Old Boys standard refereeing decision up there with the 2 disallowed goals earlier in the season.
Josh Daly won the award for fashion faux par of the day with the girdle he wore under his top. The club shop has already having ordered some in for xmas.
Entertainment of the day came courtesy of Steele who, having been calm by his normal standards this season exploded when insulted by the number 7 for not calling a Roby throw in correctly, threatened to stick the offside flag somewhere the sun doesn’t shine. Will tempers flare in the replay on Saturday????