Cobram Roar continued its undefeated streak in the AWFA, not losing a match since before Easter, in a very scrappy match against St Pats.
Cobram dominated from the outset but was unable to capitalise on its many chances, finally breaking through from the penalty spot thanks to Billy Marshall, a lead it would take into half-time.
St Pats were a determined defensive outfit and continued to frustrate Roar who lifted in the second half and managed to get two early goals through Nathan Thomas and Marshall.
St Pats did manage to get a late consolation goal with the last kick of the match, but the result was never in doubt as Cobram jumped to second spot on the very tight AWFA ladder.
This weekend Cobram is away to third-placed Albury United in a must-win match to keep pace with top-placed Myrtleford.
Score: 3-1. Goals: B. Marshall 2, N. Thomas.
The reserves got back on the winner’s list with a convincing six-goal win over St Pats.
A hat-trick to Michael Startari and double to Lee Tweedie was enough to claim the three points to set up a top-of-the-table clash against Albury United this weekend, with the winner to go to number one.
Score: 6-0. Goals: M. Startari 3, L. Tweedie 2, J. Grillo.
The under-16 boys came up against a much bigger side in St Pats, but what they lacked in size they made up for in determination; they played with great commitment and enthusiasm.
St Pats scored a goal midway through the first half taking them to a 1-0 lead at the half-time break.
The boys played extremely well in the second half with many scoring opportunities. A defensive error led to another goal from St Pats, taking the score to 2-0.
A penalty late in the second half kept the Roar boys in contention, however, time ran out before they were able to score another goal.
Score: 1-2. Goals: C. Sorrenti 1. Best: T. Hyde, N. Osborne, Z. McLeod.
It only took seven minutes into the first half to put Cobram Roar on the scoreboard with the opening goal, with a ball from Sam Davidson passed to Sam Woods.
Then, six minutes from half-time, Hunter Goodin took a great free kick from just outside the 18-yard box for goal number two.
Charlie Paterson found the net to get the third goal for Cobram.
St Pats managed to find the net in the second half to make the score 3-1.
This great result wouldn’t have been possible without great defensive work and midfield link-up to the forward line.
The defending players that stood their ground were Nick Woods, Noah Sullivan, Connor Baxa and Noah Sneddon, while Giuseppe Mete, Hunter Goodin and Ella Lissington were unstoppable in the midfield and attacking wings.
The under-11s played a very good team game on Sunday and came away with a great win.
The first goal resulted from a perfect corner from Tyrone Baxter, which was deflected into the back of the net by a St Pats defender.
Cobram then applied continuous pressure to St Pats and continued to score more goals.
Logan Stone scored from a well placed Tyrone corner. Jake Kalz set up Harry Paterson for a good goal. Sonny Rowe did a great solo run and scored by calmly placing it past the keeper.
In the back-line, Lachlan Kelly was doing a terrific job in defending and also generating forward ball movement.
Jake intercepted a St Pats goal kick and coolly placed it into the bottom corner of the goal, and Luke Goodin set up Craig Keech for a great goal, his first this year.
At half-time the score was 0-6 and Cobram did not relent after the break.
Tyrone scored a great long goal from the top of the box.
Spencer Clark set up Sonny for his second goal, and Sonny set up Adam for another great goal.
St Pats managed to score one in the final few seconds of the match.
Score: 9-1. Goal: Sonny 2, Adam, Craig, Jake, Harry, Logan, Tyrone and own goal. Award: Lachlan Kelly.
●Senior women: St Pats 4 d Cobram Roar 1. (Goal: B. Oliver.)
●Division three men: St Pats 0 lt Cobram Roar 2.
●Under-14: St Pats 10 d Cobram Roar 0.