So another season begins. After going so close to the division five title last season, Si's side were looking for a strong start to their division three campaign. The entire squad from last season had all signed back on and there were some new faces and some old ones bolstering the squad. Promising youngsters Joe Hoose and Jack Hodson were joined by former Coeur title winner Craig Burns, who goes by the surname Liggett these days.
A squad of 16 was selected and made their first journey up the drive this season to face Collegiate Old Boys. In the starting XI were Kelly, Philliskirk, Hatton, Robertson, Vaudrey, Burns, Lynch, Woodcock, Taylor M, Hoose and Liggett. On the bench were Maxwell, Pflancer, Riley J, Jones and Alty. Missing from the squad were Jackson and Allison, Riley P and Hodson. Pre match saw the squad line up for the annual photo, resplendant in their new kit, kindly provided byOh My Goodness
The match begun on a shocking pitch the sloped severely from one side of the pitch to the other. The first 20 minutes saw plenty of endeavour from both sides but no true signs of quality. On a couple of occasions both Hoose and Taylor escaped into good positions down the flanks, but their final ball couldn't find Liggett waiting in the middle. Collegiate created a decent chance and Jack Kelly reacted well in goal to make a sharp stop.
Coeur gradually began to get a grip of the game and deservedly took the lead when a good run by Mick Taylor, dragged defenders away, allowing Degsi to provide a pinpoint pass toCraigwho slammed the ball home.
Both sides continued to press at every opportunity, but despite a couple of shots wide from Liggett and Hoose, neither keeper was troubled. Coeur suffered a double blow just before the interval, firstly Degsi had to be replaced by Ian after coming off worse in a block tackle, straining his ankle ligaments. As if that wasn't enough Collegiate then went and equalised after a couple of poor defensive decisions saw the ball pop up to a Collegiate player 25 yards from goal. He hooked the ball over his shoulder speculatively and it ended up right in the top corner of the net, giving Jack Kelly no chance whatsoever.
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The second half saw an improved display from Coeur with a little more creativity on their part and also a far more solid look at the back. The midfield were getting on top and creating chances up front.
On the hour, Craig was fed in and as he cocked his leg to shoot the ball bobbled and he shinned it wide of the upright. The pressure continued and Darren was next to try and restore Coeur's lead as he headed weakly at the Collegiate goal. More chances came for Coeur as Joe Hoose managed to get himself in a tangle when it looked easier to slot the ball home from close range.
Changes were made with Hoose and Taylor being replaced by Alty and Ady. Coeur managed to fashion another excellent chance which saw Craig bearing down on goal, only for him to fire it directly at the waiting keeper. Thank god bookies dont take bets on Coeur matches as a mortgage or 2 could hav been lost on him missing that chance.
The game drew to a close without Coeur being able to force a winner. Not a dreadful start to the season, but it definitely felt like 2 points dropped rather than a point gained.
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