Cobram Roar had three sides competing in Albury-Wodonga Football Association grand finals on Sunday, with the senior men, reserve men and under-18 boys all aiming for 2017 flags.
On a perfect day for soccer the sides were pumped up and raring to go, with the senior men taking on Myrtleford FC who were looking to take out the league double.
There was one change going into the match with Tyler Seabrook coming into the side and Nathan Thomas passing a late fitness test to take his spot in the starting eleven.
Cobram were well on top early and went close with a Bill Marshall free kick and a great chance by Gatcum saved by the keeper, but Cobram just couldn’t break down a well organised Myrtleford defence.
It was a very tight first half with neither side prepared to take many chances.
The match was broken open just on half-time when a great run by Myrtleford coach Matt Park saw him break into the penalty box only to be taken down and Myrtleford awarded a penalty.
Park stood up and took the spot kick to give his side the lead going into the break.
After half-time Cobram looked to get forward in numbers and pile the pressure on the Myrtleford defence but again struggled to break them down and create some clear cut chances.
Nathan Thomas looked the most likely to equalise with two headers off set pieces going just the wrong side of the goal post.
In the final 20 minutes Cobram brought on Marc Startari and Shaun Willis to create more forward pressure but again Myrtleford held tight and broke through on the counter attack to score their second goal of the match with five minutes to play.
Cobram almost got one back from the restart when Bill Puckett was put through, but his left foot strike sailed just wide to sum up Cobram’s day at the office as they lost 2-0 and Myrtleford went back-to-back.
The reserves had done a fantastic job making the grand final with such a young outfit and weren’t put off coming up against a much more experienced Albury City outfit.
In devastating news, centre-back Albert Zito was ruled out due to injury, but the boys were determined not to let the occasion faze them.
Cobram pushed on early and created some good chances with Startari and Koopman going close but it was a real midfield battle as both sides went at each other flat out.
Midway through the game the deadlock was broken when a mix-up in defence saw City break through and open the scoring.
From then on it was end-to-end soccer as Cobram attacked and piled on pressure and went close as Nathan Stoate’s left foot strike went just past the post.
In the second half both sides continued to play attacking soccer with City unable to kill the game off and Cobram unable to equalise.
Cobram threw more numbers forward late in an attempt to find a goal but just couldn’t find a way to break down a stubborn City defence as the young team went down 0-1.
The under-18 league champions Cobram Roar added the cup to their success this season with a 1-0 win over Albury United.
The boys went into the match quietly confident and played consistent football like they had all season to create plenty of chances.
Midway through the first half Cobram finally broke through with a great run by Nathan Stoate into the box and crossing to the head of Max Cabading who gave his side a well-deserved lead.
Cabading went close again moments later with his shot going just wide, but Cobram took the advantage into the break.
After half-time it was more of the same from Cobram who created chance after chance but couldn’t manage to get the ball past a very good United goal keeper.
The Cobram defence held tight and didn’t give United a sniff as the boys held on to record a memorable win with coach Chris Gash lifting the cup to cap off a great season.
●Cobram Roar will have their senior presentation night this Saturday night at the Cobram Barooga Golf Club to finish off what has been a very successful season for the club.