Cobram Roar travelled to Albury for the third straight week looking to break its run of draws as it came up against third-placed Melrose FC.
Cobram welcomed back Billy Marshall for his first match of the season as the team looked to claim a vital three points and move back up the ladder, scoring an emphatic two-goal win on Sunday.
The match started evenly but Cobram looked the more threatening on the counter attack, with Marshall giving Seabrook plenty of service down the right wing.
This tactic resulted in Cobram breaking the deadlock after 15 minutes as Seabrook cut back to Bill Puckett, who made no mistake taking his chance.
Melrose was very solid defensively and controlled patches throughout the half, with their best chance coming off a corner, with their goal-bound shot cleared off the line by Tweedie to keep the Roar’s lead intact at the break.
After half-time, Melrose came out looking to strike back and piled pressure on the Roar defence, but it was Cobram that looked more threatening going forward, with Marshall and Seabrook causing havoc out wide and causing plenty of problems for the Melrose defence.
Again it was the front three who combined to score Cobram’s second, with a defence splitting back heel by Marshall picking out Puckett to cross to Seabrook for a tap in and almost kill off any fightback Melrose had planned.
Cobram continued to push with Marshall, Puckett and Will Seabrook all going close, but the three points were sealed as Cobram came away with a hard-fought 2-0 win.
This week will be another very tough match as Cobram is at home to last year’s premiers, second-placed Myrtleford FC.
Score: 2-0. Goals: B. Puckett, T. Seabrook. Best: T. Seabrook, A. Feldtmann, N. Thomas.
The reserves got back on the winner’s list this week with a hard-fought 2-0 win.
Michael Demaio opened the scoring midway through the half to score his first reserve goal, before Shaun Willis put the icing on the cake late in the second half to secure the three points.
Score: 2-0. Goals: M. Demaio, S. Willis. Best: Z. McLeod, N. Santoro, T. Tekan.
Cobram’s under-13 girls played well against the very strong Melrose side.
The girls had a strong start and found a magnificent goal in the first half from Angelina Fotia, just outside the 18 yard box.
Then Ella Lissington found the back of the net, scoring an awesome goal before half-time to leave the score at 3-2 at the break.
All the girls played well, especially the defence.
Even after Melrose came back and scored another eight goals in the second half, the Cobram girls kept their heads up and kept fighting until the end with some fancy footwork from Bella and Lara, stopping the forwards in their tracks.
Score: 2-11. Goals: Angelina Fotia, Ella Lissington.
Cobram under-13 mixed put up a great challenge to Melrose.
Noah Sullivan played a fantastic game in the midfield, with Noah Sneddon in the left back also playing a very impressive game.
It was Sam Davidson’s brilliant pass that found Michael Keech in the forward line to score Cobram’s only goal.
Toby Shilling pulled off many great saves in the second half but it was Melrose that had the most shots on goal.
The under-11s continued on their winning way with a comprehensive victory against Melrose.
Leo Quinane was solid in defence, Lachlan Kelly was instrumental in creating many forward thrusts and goalkeeper Jordan Kelly made some great saves.
Up front Jake Kalz and Adam Champagne combined well.
Midfielders Luke Goodin, Joseph Allen, Harry Paterson and Tyrone Baxter ran themselves ragged.
The under-11s are now on top of the ladder and will look to continue their great team play.
Score: 8-0. Goals: Jake Kalz 3, Adam Champagne, Luke Goodin, Harry Paterson, Mikael Artavilla-Bennett, Joseph Allen. Best: Lachlan Kelly.
●Senior women: Melrose FC 7 (A. Davis 4, M. Davis 3) d Cobram Roar 2 (J. Gannaway 2).
●Division 3 men: Melrose FC 2 drew with Cobram Roar 2.
●Under-16: Melrose FC 3 d Cobram Roar 2.
●Under-14: Melrose FC 5 d Cobram Roar 2.
●Under-12: Melrose FC 5 d Cobram Roar 0.