Cobram Roar took on Twin City Wanderers on the weekend, looking to get back on the winner’s list after a hard-earned draw last week.
Again Cobram went into the match undermanned but had plenty of depth to cover its losses and push for an important win.
The first half was fairly even, with Bill Puckett having a couple of great chances to give his side the lead but failed to finish.
At the other end, Twin City went extremely close off a corner kick, with the shot rebounding off the cross bar.
After the break it was more of the same before Twin City broke the deadlock after 10 minutes from some good build-up play.
From then on it was all Cobram, as players pushed to score an equaliser and created numerous chances — but again were unable to capitalise.
Finally with 15 minutes to play, Cobram broke through when a scramble in the box resulted in Puckett firing a left foot strike into the top corner.
The final 15 minutes were a tense affair but there was only one side pushing for a win — Cobram continued to push in numbers and create chances.
Roar should have taken the three points home in the dying stages when a great run by Diramacca picked out Puckett with only the keeper to beat, but it was well saved, and the match finished 1-1.
This Sunday is another away game against a very strong opponent in Melrose FC.
Score: 1-1. Goal: B. Puckett. Best: A. Feldtmann, R. Diramacca, J. Koopman.
The undefeated reserves suffered their first loss on the weekend, losing 3-2 to Twin City.
Leading 2-0 at half-time, Cobram fell apart in the second half, conceding three goals in a very disappointing match for the boys.
This Sunday is another hard match against Melrose that they will be hoping will put them back onto the winner’s list.
Division three men
Twin City Wanderers 1 lost to Cobram Roar 2.
The first road trip of the season proved to be a challenge for the under-16 boys.
They came up against a very skilled team in Twin City and a lacklustre performance saw them go down 8-0.
A standout performer was Kelsey Lissington, whose commitment and determination was the highlight of the game for Cobram.
Score: 8-0. Best: K. Lissington, F. Ingram, J. Grant.
Cobram Roar’s under-14s eased to a 0-9 away victory against Twin City Wanderers.
Goals were scored by Anthony Corso (4), Saif Alibraheem (2) and one each to Will Warrender, Seb Fotia and Andre Fazio Castle.
It was a very pleasing performance, passing the other team off the pitch and being able to pass across the defence into midfield and to create chances.
The team is looking forward to the next game against Melrose FC, who are currently leading the league jointly with the Roar.
Cobram Roar under-12s came up against a side that had not scored this season — their challenge was to keep it that way.
Defending midfielders Brock Churchin and Neil Suphun held well with attacking midfielder Thomas Corso, while Jackson Koopman and Lachlan Nolan found time to score repeatedly.
At half-time the score sat at 5-0 and the second half saw the Roar dominate, sealing the win against Twin City Wanderers.
Score: 0-9. Goals: Jackson Koopman 5, Lachlan Nolan, Zainul Alibraheem, Jake Kalz, Luke Goodin. Best: Chaz Boyd, Brock Churchin, Liam Kelly, Neil Suphun
The under-11s started their game full of confidence and took it right up to their opponents.
The whole team played well and controlled the game. They passed the ball well to each other and created wave after wave of attacking forays.
Once the first goal was scored, they continued on to dominate and win 8-0.
Score: 0-8. Goals: Harry Paterson 4, Jake Kalz 2, Luke Goodin, Joseph Allen. Best: Harry Paterson, Sonny Rowe.