With another ruck of missing players and absentees, Coeur arrived at Litherland Sports Park with just 14 players, including Si. With Allison, Hatton, Hodson, Hoose, Liggett, Maxwell and Taylor all unavailable there were a few changes required from the previous week. The back line saw Matty Vaudrey returning in place of Peter Riley and Degsi declared himself fit for a midfield role. This meant that Jack Kelly moved wide right to replace the absent Hoose. Once again Ian filled in between the sticks.
Just five minutes into the game Coeur almost opened the scoring as Ste Alty's flicked header evaded the Waterloo keeper and clipped the face of the far post with Darren unable to make contact and turn it home. This sparked Waterloo into life and they took a grip of the game in midfield with Coeur looking out of shape.
Waterloo managed to take advantage of their dominance and opened the scoring when poor defending let in the forward who squared the ball to an umarked player at the back post, who finished well past the attempted block of Ian.
As the game progressed, Coeur still looked out of sorts in midfield. Degsi was sat deep with very little mobility and Jack Riley was forced into an unfamiliar advanced role. It was apparent that despite Degsi's fitness declaration, he was struggling and was replaced by Lynchy just after the half hour. Mick Robbo was also struggling with an injury he picked up in the first couple of minutes and was not succeeding in his efforts to run it off.
Coeur still pressed when they got the opportunity and the direct running of Pflancer was testing the Waterloo back line at frequent intervals.
Waterloo doubled their lead just before the break when another error saw the forward escape past the defence. Ian came out with his feet rather than hands and the all was smuggled past him then blasted home from close range.
Waterloo 2 Sacre Coeur 0
The second half saw more reshuffling with Mick Robertson succumbing to his injury and being replaced by Peter. Rob Phil switched sides and Peter slotted in at left back.
Coeur looked a more balanced side with Jack Riley sitting deeper and Lynchy and Darren pressing higher up the pitch. Waterloo on the other hand lost their control in the middle of the park, once their holding midfielder was withdrawn.
A couple of bad tackles were put in by the same Waterloo player in the middle of the park, yet the ref punished them only with a free kick. The same player then threw a 2 footed lunge into the back of Lynchy, who took exception to it and reacted angrily. The Waterloo lad grabbed Lynchy and cocked his fist, threatening to punch him, but never followed through with it. Finally the referee acted and booked the lad.
Coeur pressed forward and should have had a penalty when the ball was blocked on the goal line by the arm of the right back. Once again the ref showed a reluctance and turned away the appeals.
With 15 minutes to go another tackle from the same lad through the back of Lynchy saw Coeur receive a free kick 10 yards in their own half. Everyone was expecting a second yellow to follow but it never arrives. Jones advanced from his goal and ushered the rest of the lads forward. He flighted a long free kick deep towards the goal, where the keeper misjudged it and got underneath the ball, as it flew past him and straight into the net.
Sensing an equaliser was on the cards, Couer continued to pour forward winning a succession of corners, though not really coming close to an equaliser. Darren then escaped down the right and picked out Jack Kelly at the back post, but he was in two minds and ended up slicing a good chance wide.
Jack Riley was then replaced by Si for the final 2 minutes. Jack Kelly fed a ball in to Si who held of the defender and laid the ball off for Lynchy. Mick decided to have a shot when the better option would have been to slide it right where Darren would have been through on goal. Mick's shot disappered well wide of the goal and with it went Coeur's last chance of a point.
An under par performance from Coeur with the first half being as bad as they have played in a year. The second half was better, but a lack of cutting edge meant that over the 90 minutes Waterloo deserved to edge it.
Waterloo 2 Sacre Coeur 1