Cobram Roar took on arch rivals Albury City on the weekend, a team that has defeated Cobram on their past two encounters.
Cobram went into the game with an unchanged line-up and in shocking weather conditions still managed to open the scoring after five minutes through Billy Marshall before the match came to a halt due to a severe hail storm.
Play was stopped for more than 45 minutes, and Cobram continued after the enforced break the same way it started by absolutely dominating the match.
Cobram piled on five more goals in the opening half, with Marshall having a field day scoring a hat-trick, along with Gatcum, Puckett and Willis all chipping in with a goal each as Cobram took a massive 6-1 lead into the half-time break.
The second half was more of the same as Cobram continued to dominate and create chance after chance as Diramacca got himself on the score sheet early.
It was a totally one-side affair against the sixth-placed City side as Cobram continued its rampage as Gatcum and Puckett completed their doubles and Marshall finished the match with four goals in a comprehensive 10-2 win.
This weekend is another tough match against another fierce rival, Twin City Wanderers at Scott Recreation Reserve.
Score: 10-2. Goals: B. Marshall 4, A. Gatcum 2, B. Puckett 2, S. Willis, R. Diramacca.
The reserves came up against an extremely strong Albury City side and got away early, scoring two goals through Santoro and Koopman against the run of play.
City began to get on top and pile some pressure on the Roar defence and managed to get back in the match with two cracking goals from outside the 18-yard box to level scores at half-time.
The second half was end-to-end as both sides had chances to win, and Cobram keeper Nathan Thomas made some critical saves in the dying stages to earn his side a point as the reserves stay second on the ladder.
This Sunday they come up against third-placed Twin City for a chance to secure second spot.
After making the trip to Albury, the girls found the opposing team, Albury City, had forfeited the match due to insufficient players.
Albury City was very sporting in agreeing to a friendly game to give all the players some game time, with Cobram Roar players filling in the gaps on their side.
In cold and wet conditions, the Cobram team took the opportunity to play in varying positions, rotating through the different roles, with Helena Zito playing as goalkeeper in the first half.
It was goals galore for Cobram Roar, with Annie Oliver getting in Cobram’s first goal within minutes of the game commencing.
The game was looking anything but friendly, with Cobram continuing to play hard hard and continuing to score.
Olivia Newton got some good touches and passes in for Albury City but Cobram Roar’s defence was too strong.
Emily Stewart had a great run at goals for the opposition, but was stopped short by Helena.
Half time score was Albury City 0 to Cobram Roar 7.
The second half saw more goals from Cobram Roar, but with Cobram’s defence having to work hard against Madeline Post and Helena Zito, who were now playing on Albury City’s team and creating lots of opportunities.
Angelina Fotia and Coco Folwell Reed were playing hard and making it very difficult for Albury to score.
Albury City’s drought was then broken with their first goal for the season by their number 16 player.
Bella Mete played hard all game and continued to support Cobram’s goal scorers through the second half.
Helena Zito scored Albury City’s second goal for the game.
Score: Albury City forfeit to Cobram Roar. Friendly game: Albury City 2 lost to Cobram Roar 11. Goals (Cobram): Angelina Fotia 4, Annie Oliver 2, Coco Folwell-Reed 2, Lara Hyde 2, Charlotte Artavilla-Bennett 1. Goals (Albury City): Player no. 16 1, Cobram Roar’s Helena Zito 1.
The under-16 boys travelled to Albury to take on fourth-placed Albury City.
They played in the worst weather of the season to date, but coming from a win last week, spirits were high and the boys were ready to go.
The boys played with commitment and courage from the first whistle and were rewarded early in the match when Zac McLeod scored the first and only goal of the game.
Roar kept strong in the defence and in doing so kept a clean sheet.
Score: 1-0.Goals: Z. McLeod 1. Best: T. Hyde, J. Grant, K. Lissington.
The under-12s came up against a tough opposition in Albury City.
With a major battle in the midfield, Roar dominated early, giving the City keeper plenty to worry about, saving some great shots at goal.
Finally a great through ball saw Ethan Baxa one-on-one with the keeper to score.
Roar dominated the first half without scoring any more but City took advantage of the Roar’s defence out of position to score in the last minute of the first half.
The second half saw City catch out Roar again to score two goals.
But Roar dug deep, with some relentless running from Liam Kelly, Jesse Brogan, Zainul Alibraheem and Thomas Corso who gave Jackson Koopman an awesome shot at goal to score, giving Roar a lift.
Jackson then got taken down in the box to be awarded a penalty, only to be saved in the dying minutes of the game.
Score: 2-3. Goals: Ethan Baxa, Jackson Koopman. Best: Jackson Koopman, New Suphan, Menotti Vescio, Liam Kelly.
The under-11s played in cold, wintry conditions and it proved hard work although they prevailed, winning 2-0.
The first half was a battle of the midfields with both teams trying their best to put a score on the board.
The second half was more productive for Cobram with Mikael Artavilla-Bennett providing a great ball for Sonny Rowe who dribbled past a few players and then sent the ball past the keeper to get Cobram 1-0 up.
Harry Paterson and Spencer Clarke were solid in defence.
Jake Kalz then cut the ball back to Luke Goodin who tapped in to score Cobram’s second goal.
Logan Stone provided some good runs down the wing and Sonny was productive all game.
Score: 2-0. Goals: Sonny and Luke. Award: Harry.
●Division three men (under-18): Albury City FC 0 drew with Cobram Roar 0.
●Under-14: Albury City 1 lost to Cobram Roar 2.
●Under-13: Albury City FC 4 d Cobram Roar 0.