Cobram Roar was back at Cobram Showground on Sunday and came up against fierce rival Albury City, the team that stunned Cobram in last year’s finals series.
Cobram started slowly in what was a very lackluster first half-hour, until City finally broke through to take the lead through a quick counter-attack.
Cobram was stunned and before it knew it, as City’s quick forward broke down the Roar defence again to make it 2-0 in a seven-minute period, putting Cobram well on the back foot and looking for something special to get it back into the match.
After the break Cobram introduced Tyler Seabrook, who made an immediate impact taking on the City defence and forcing the City keeper into a good save before Bill Puckett pounced on the rebound to bring the scores back to 2-1.
After that it was all Cobram as the crowd witnessed some of the best individual goalkeeping seen by the City keeper, who continually denied a Cobram equaliser.
Adam Gatcum had at least four goal-bound shots saved by the keeper along with Ray Diramacca, Puckett, Nathan Thomas and Marc Startari who were all denied by some great City keeping.
In the 90th minute, as Cobram pushed everything forward, City once again pounced on the counter-attack to finish off the match 3-1.
Cobram must now regroup, as it is at home again this Sunday against bottom-placed side Wodonga Heart.
Goal: B. Puckett.
Best: A. Gatcum, R. Diramacca, T. Seabrook.
The reserves continued their perfect start to the season, with their third straight win against the previously undefeated Albury City.
City pounced early to open the scoring before Cobram turned it up, dominating the rest of the half thanks to doubles from Michael Startari and Tyler Seabrook to go into the break 4-1 up.
After the break Shaun Willis pounced from the kick-off to extend Cobram’s lead to 5-1 as it looked on track for a comfortable victory.
But City had other ideas and a 10-minute dominance resulted in City scoring two goals and bringing the score back to 5-3 and putting Cobram back under pressure.
Cobram lifted again and got back on top with Startari sealing his hat-trick and finishing off any comeback City had planned.
Goals: Mi. Startari 3, T. Seabrook 2, S. Willis
Best: L. Tweedie, Lot, A. Zito.
Cobram Roar 0 lost to Albury City FC 16.
Division 3 men:
The under-18s had a great win against a more physical Albury City outfit.
Cobram moved the ball effectively, unlucky not to go into halftime in front.
A strong second half from the whole team saw the boys take the lead through Nathan Stoate, after a great cross from the right-hand side.
Another goal was added soon after from Benjamin Mahoney following a goal line scramble after an attacking set piece.
Following this, Lachlan Osborne capped off a man-of-the-match performance with a skilful run and a composed finish, to seal the match.
Goals: Nathan Stoate, Benjamin Mahoney, Lachlan Osborne.
Best: Lachlan Osborne, Jordan Nankiville, Joshua Koopman.
The Roar under-16 boys came up against a much bigger side in Albury City.
Despite this, they played with great commitment and enthusiasm.
After two opposition goals early in the first half the boys regrouped and played with intensity.
Michael DeMaio scored in the first half, and again early in the second half to equalise the score.
Albury City scored in the final stages to seal the match in a great team effort.
Goals: M. DeMaio, 2.
Best: M. DeMaio, N. Corso, J. Grant.
Score: Cobram Roar 5 d Albury City 4.
Score: Cobram Roar 2 lost to Albury City 6.
Cobram Roar’s under-12s started a very tight game with Albury City having some good goal opportunities.
Roar then settled and took control, with the half-time score 5-0. It was another good second half with the final score 7-1 with Albury city scoring in the last minute.
Goals: Jackson Koopman 2, Jesse Brogan, Ethan Baxter, Ciaran O’Sullivan, Michaele Mustica, Thomas Corso.
Best: Caleb Tanner, Neil Supan, Jesse Brogan, Zainul Alibraheem.
The Under-11s played their first match of the season and gelled together very quickly.
They dominated from the start of the match, piling on the pressure and the goals to win 13-1 in a fantastic team performance.
Goals: Jake Kalz 4, Sonny Rowe 4, Joseph Allen 2, Adam Champagne, Mikael Artavilla-Bennett and Logan Stone.
Best players: Jake Kalz, Joseph Allen.