Sacre Coeur Former Pupils Football Club
Ian Dee's Vets Team
i-zingari combination veterans division 2
Sacre Coeur

Mike Roach (1)
Philip Gorton (1)
I-Zingari Comb Vets
Div 2
2 - 0
Whiston Vets

Sean Cawley Dave Lloyd Paul Ferguson Alan Brown Gary Brennan Mick Kennedy Mick Roach Bill Humphray Mike Dee Darren Kay Matty Davies Andy Rannard Dave Looby Tony O'Brien
starting line up
Michael Coyle
Steve Bradshaw
Andy Rannard
Anthony OBrien
Matty Davies
Michael Stewart
John Chadwick
Chris Long
Alan Brown
Mike Roach
Philip Gorton
Paul Robinson
Ian Dee

opposition :
Whiston Vets (H)
competition :
I-Zingari Comb Vets Div 2
match date :
kick off time :
played at :
Buckley Hill
referee :
Michael Corkhill

Phil Gorton

Put in a Dirk Kuyt shift. Was strong and threatening throughout the game.

This was the Vets latest opportunity to break their duck and notch up a win as they faced Whiston Vets who were also pointless so far this campaign. Coeur started well with an emphasis upon the passing game. This paid dividends very quickly as some nice interplay saw Phil Gorton despatch his first chance of the game and they took the lead. 

Things continued in this vein as Coeur quickly began to dominate play and there passing became more subtle and watchable as their confidence grew. This was Coeur at their best as Matty and Mick on the left and Steve and Alan on the right discovered they could actually pass to each other! Likewise John Chadwick seemed to have realised that not every pass needs to exceed 50 metres! Soon he and Chris Long were also mixing up the play in order to create several decent chances with Mick Roach being unusually wasteful in front of goal. His profagalacy didn't last though and soon, following further decent passing, he joined Phil on the score sheet. Even Rannard joined in the passing, though limiting these to his right foot. 

HT 2-0. 

The second half saw Coeur sit back a bit and Whiston reshaped their team.  This led to Whiston seeing more of the ball, though owing to saw good defending, with Tony O'Brien in a centre half, they rarely threatened. Further changes saw Deano replace Mick Stewart and causing a nuisance in every way possible!

The game trundled to a climax with Whiston huffing and puffing but failing to blow the Coeur defence down. The one negative was Steve's dismissal for stamping after what was a heavy tackle on him. The final whistle saw a much happier Coeur team leave the field, though Rannard was last seen searching for one of his lungs after an 80 yard sprint with the ball in the dying moments of the game. 

A good day but next week will be a sterner test against Old Xavs. 

(Andy Rannard)