After another weather based interlude Coeur returned to league action for only their 2 league match in 2 months. Si had major selection headaches, not through lack of players, but through too many. Traditionally there are 2 lads unavailable each week through one thing or another, but this week it was only Ian Jones who couldnt play, due to a neck injury. Sadly, it was Jack Kelly who was the unlucky one, missing out on the 16.
So the squad was selected, with Mully in goal, Mick Robbo and Peter in the full back berths, split by Matty and Jacko. Ady, Jack Riley and Lynchy occupied the central roles, with Degsi and Pflancer playing around Ste Alty who was at the focal point of the attack. The bench was filled with quality as well, with Rob's Hatton and Philliskirk joined by Darren,Ste Ally and Mick Taylor.
This week's opposition was Business School, who had won just 3 times in 11 games, yet had thrashed Wavertree WDOB 9-2 in their previous outing. Despite lying in 9th in the table, Business School had a goal difference of 0, which indicated that they have been somewhat unlucky to take just 11 points so far.
The first half was something of a debacle from Coeur's point of view, with very little control in their passing and a somewhat lacksadasical approach to the game. Despite the lack of fluidity Coeur did create the better chances, with Jack Riley just a matter of a couple of inches away from breaking his goalscoring duck, after a mazy dribble and shot which flew agonisingly wide of the far post. Lynchy also came close for Coeur as he drilled a free kick just wide of the left hand upright.
With 10 minutes to the break the referee awarded a free kick to Business School when the challenge was a fair one. 20 yards out the lad produced a carbon copy of Degsi's opener from the previous encounter between the two sides. He noticed that the wall was poorly lined up and rolled the ball into the bottom corner of the Coeur net. Coeur had trailled at the break before and while Si was gathering his thoughts for the half time team talk, Business School went and doubled their lead. A simple gather for Mully saw him slip backwards and the ball jarred clear on landing. The Business School forward couldn't believe his luck as the ball rolled to him just yards out with an empty net crying out to be filled. It was, as he tucked it home for the simplest goal he is likely to ever score.
Half Time Sacre Coeur 0 Business School 2
As the lads trooped in, Si's firm but encouraging team talk was ripped up and 'Speech B' was employed instead. A full on bollocking, born out of frustration. Ady and Degsi switched positions in a shake up and the lads were sent out with a rocket up there arses. Si'd parting shout was "Im making changes in 5 minutes so get out there and do something about it if you want to stay on" Do something they certainly did. Within two minutes of the restart Andy Pflancer had pulled one back. Degsi floated a ball in from the left, over the top of the defenders and the keeper and Andy popped up at the back stick to nod it home. The second followed just two minutes later as Ste Alty managed to pounce and fired home for his ninth goal for the third team this season.
Business School were rocking now and Coeur made it three 10 minutes into the second half. The third goal was a thing of beauty as a rapid break saw Degsi free Alty down the right. Ste held the ball up for a couple of seconds before delivering it into the centre of the box, where Degsi met it, just before the keeper got there, and headed it into the back of the net for a goal of sheer brilliance. The move was not unlike Terry McDermott's goal for Liverpool vs Spurs in 1977. Credit to Alty, but the goal was all about the running and determination of Degsi.
7 minutes later Coeur extended their lead as Degsi drilled home into the bottom corner of the net after a jinking run. Changes were made with Mick Taylor and Darren replacing Andy and Lynchy. Rob Phil was also introduced as he replaced Ady and Peter was pushed further forward. Chances came and went for Coeur with Mick Taylor heading straight at the keeper from 6 yards out. Ste Alty though claimed sitter of the day as he blazed over from a couple of yards out.
Business School then scored out of the blue with a fine finish after a quick break saw Coeur's midfield and defence AWOL. It made for a nervous few minutes on the touchline, but in all honesty Coeur were comfortable and never looked liked conceding an equaliser.
A crazy game, but Cour once again found the strength and quality to come back from behind and take all three points. They return to the top of the table as Old Xavs were in cup action. With 9 league games to go and no sign of either side faultering, the run in is going to be very interesting.