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Roar continues to march forwards in FFA knock-out

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March 01, 2017

Team defence: Cobram’s XXXXXX (number 19) applies pressure to his Middle Park opponent

Cobram Roar travelled to Shepparton on Sunday to take on Melbourne State League side Middle Park FC in their third FFA knock-out cup encounter.

Going into the match Cobram was missing big names including coach Adam Gatcum, leading goal scorer Bill Puckett and winger Raymond Diramacca.

But that didn’t seem to faze the young side that Cobram fielded, as Tyler Seabrook opened the scoring after 10 minutes to give Cobram the lead.

Cobram players were creating plenty of chances against much more physical opponents and could have doubled their lead as Seabrook shot just wide.

On the half-hour mark Cobram doubled its advantage when Marc Startari was put through and made no mistake lobbing the ball over the Middle Park keeper and into the back of the net.

The defence was rarely tested as Cobram mounted more pressure on its, goals looking for a third before the half-time break but with no luck.

After the break Middle Park came out fired-up and pushed forward in numbers.

But Cobram weathered the storm and on the hour mark found its third goal of the match after some great pressure from Seabrook resulted in Marc Startari slotting home into an open goal to score his second for the match and all but finish off any comeback Middle Park was planning.

Cobram now advances to the next round of the cup and has been drawn against State League 2 outfit Geelong Rangers in Geelong this weekend, which will be a big test for the regional outfit.

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