Cobram Roar was at home again and came up against a very strong Melrose outfit that had pushed ladder leader Myrtleford all the way the previous week.
Cobram was suffering a mini player shortage with Billy Marshall and Tyler Seabrook unavailable, adding to list that includes Nathan Thomas and Glenn Feldtmann.
In a massive boost though, star striker Bill Puckett returned from what looked like a serious knee injury and Shaun Willis was awarded his first start of the season after some great form in the reserves.
Cobram bounced out of the blocks early and opened the scoring in the first five minutes when some great build-up play found Willis out on the wing who picked out Lee Tweedie free in the box to have the Roar one goal up.
Melrose had plenty of possession but failed to put pressure on the Roar backline as Cobram looked like getting on the score sheet every time it ventured forward.
Again after 20 minutes it was some great build-up play as Marc Startari put through Bill Puckett into the box who cut the ball back to an unmarked Shaun Willis to score his first senior goal and give his side a very handy two-goal lead.
Melrose seemed to push forward with more purpose now but goalkeeper Sam Varley was up to the challenge, pulling off some great saves as Willis found his second moments later when he was put in through down the wing and made no mistake converting his chance, taking the score line to 3-0 at the half time break.
After the break it was more of a lacklustre affair as both teams just went through the motions, but Cobram did manage to get one more midway through the half when Raymond Diramacca was put through and made no mistake scoring his first goal of the season as the match finished 4-0.
This week Cobram is at home again as they take on Albury Hotspurs in another danger game, as the Roar look to cement their top- four spot on the ladder.
Goals: S. Willis 2, L. Tweedie, R. Diramacca
Best: S. Willis, A. Feldtmann, S. Varley.
The reserves took an early lead through a cracking Michael Startari strike but that was all they could muster as Melrose ran away 3-1 winners as Cobram was up against due to injuries and unavailabilities.
They will be hoping to get back on the winners list this week as they have now dropped down to 3rd spot.
Goal: M. Startari
Best: Z. McLeod, J. Nankaville, N. Stoate.
Cobram Roar 2 (L Rawson 2 11,65) drew with Melrose FC 2 (A Davis 1 75, C Bishop 1 79).
Division 3 Men (Under 18)
Cobram Roar 0 lost to Melrose FC 1.
Cobram Roar 2 lost to Melrose FC 3
The under 16 boys were eager to take to the pitch after a two-week break, and despite the cold morning played with great commitment and endeavour.
The boys had a lot of the play and several attempts at goal, their persistence paid off when Zac McLeod scored their first goal.
Melrose responded with two quick goals taking the score to 1-2 at the halftime break.
The boys continued to play good football and didnt give up despite another goal from Melrose.
The young Roar boys persisted and were rewarded for their efforts when Nick Osborne scoreda goal mid way through the second half.
The boys gave their all in the final stages of the match, trying to equalise the score but unfortunately did not come away with the points.
A great team effort by our Under 16 boys.
Goals: Z McLeod, N Osborne 1
Best: N Corso, T Hyde, P Diretto.
Cobram Roar 4 def Melrose FC 2.
Under 13 Girls
0Cobram Roar 0 lost to Melrose FC 6.
Cobram Roar 1 lost to Melrose FC 6.
Cobram Roar 2 lost to Melrose FC 4.
The U12s played league top side Melrose, the boys where excited and ready to take them on at home.
Melrose attacked immediately and where putting Roar’s defence under pressure, Roar held well with some fantastic saves by keeper Caleb Tanner but Melrose eventually got one past him. Captain Thomas Corso played well creating play.
Centre back Zainul Alibraheem ran forward and was on the tail end of a free kick, equalising in the 24th minute of the first half.
Melrose where awarded a penalty in the second minute of the second half, scoring to get the lead back.
One minute later Ethan Baxa carried the ball well down his wing then crossing to Jackson Koopman to equalise again.
As the game end was drawing near, Melrose showed why they are on top by scoring two more goals to finish Roar off.
To Roar’s credit, they constantly fought to the end of the exciting match.
Goals: Zainul Alibraheem 1, Jackson Koopman 1 Best: Caleb Tanner, Ethan Baxa, Chaz Boyd, Noah Suphun, Jafa Aladeli and Menotti Vescio.
Cobram Roar 6 def Melrose FC 0
The Under 11s played well as a team on Sunday and came away with a 6-0 win.
From the outset the boys piled the pressure on their opponents.
Adam Champagne had a blinder and was instrumental in creating chances and pressuring his opponents all game.
Cobram scored their first goal after Adam perfectly struck a shot from outside the penalty box and found the back of the net.
The goals then continued as Jake Kalz tapped one in after Tyrone Baxter’s shot was saved by the keeper.
Cobram continued to push forward and were rewarded with their third goal with Luke Goodin passing the ball to Jake who slotted another goal.
Cobram’s defence of Sonny Rowe, Spencer Clark, Lachie Kelly and Jake Brincat held firm and repelled any push forward from Melrose.
Jordan Kelly was solid in goals.
Cobram went 4-0 up after Tyrone’s corner was well read by Jake who scored his hat trick.
The boys continued to create with Mikael Artavilla-Bennett and Joseph Allen doing some great runs down the wings.
Harry Paterson put a lovely through ball for Jake who used his speed to score again.
Craig Keech was effective up front, creating chances.
Cobram rounded out the match with a sixth goal after Tyrone intercepted a Melrose goal kick and coolly slotted it past the keeper.
Goals -Jake 4, Adam 1, Tyrone 1
Award - Adam