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Second-half blitz paves the way

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June 08, 2018

Time to celebrate: the Roar Under 16's celebrate a goal against Wangaratta.

tight tussle: Kelsey Lissington of Cobram fights for position.

Under-11

Wangaratta 0 lt Cobram Roar 2

With a few players out, it was important for Cobram Roar to have a positive impact to start the game.

With every player knowing it was going to be a tough day on the pitch with no substitutions, playing firm and also conserving energy was going to be very important.

Roar’s defence remained firm, with the forwards having many scoring opportunities with no result.

Going into half-time level, Roar come out blazing, scoring two goals and cementing top spot on the ladder going into the break.

The side is looking forward to the week off to recharge and have a positive start to the second half of the year.

Goals: J. Allen, S. Rowe.

Under-12

Wangaratta 0 lt Cobram Roar 1

The under-12s played a well contested game against Wangaratta which was not decided until the final minute.

Cobram attacked from the start but was unable to penetrate Wangaratta’s penalty area, which resulted in long shots that were either off target or saved by the keeper.

Luke Goodin was very productive in the midfield, providing plenty of run, while Thomas Corso was strong in defence, his ability to intercept being a continual highlight.

Lara Hyde was also a defensive leader. Her increasing confidence was on display as she charged towards her opponents and stripped them of the ball.

Cobram was well served by Logan Stone and Harry Paterson on the right-hand side of the pitch. Both players made continual runs and attacking plays to se Cobram forward.

Midfielder Jackson Koopman stepped forward to take a huge, looping free kick which he placed perfectly above the outstretched arms of the keeper as it sailed into the back of the net, much to the delight of Cobram’s players and supporters.

Cobram then held on for the final, pressure-filled 30 seconds to take the win 1-0.

Goal, award: Jackson.

Under-13

Wangaratta 4 d Cobram Roar 0

Under-14

Wangaratta 3 d Cobram Roar 1

In round 11, Cobram Roar faced a fast and strong physical side in Wangaratta.

Wangaratta began attacking straight away and exposed a few deficiencies in Cobram’s defence. Its relentless attacking saw it score an early goal.

The Roar were rattled and struggled to settle down in defence. Wangaratta continued with its attacking pressure and this resulted in another two goals before half-time.

The Roar composed themselves at half–time and came back in the second half much more focused.

The defence stood strong and kept Wangaratta scoreless for the second half.

Hunter Goodin took a great run into the attacking half and scored a great goal for the Roar, which really lifted the team.

However, the clock was ticking and no further chances were to be had.

It was a disappointing day but lessons were learnt.

Goals: H. Goodin.

Best: H. Goodin, N. Wood, N. Sneddon.

Under-16

Wangaratta 1 lt Cobram Roar 3

The under-16s continued their winning streak and have gone through the first half of the season undefeated.

Under-13 girls

Wangaratta 12 d Cobram Roar 0

An undermanned Cobram side of only eight players struggled against Wangaratta at the weekend.

Coach Kahlia Oliver changed team positions at half-time, instructing her players to focus on staying in position to help them move forward and minimise the opportunities for the opposition.

The girls took this instruction on board and managed to slow the opposition’s play.

Division three men (under-18)

Wangaratta 0 lt Cobram Roar 1

Great teamwork and a positive attitude from the under-18 boys saw them take the points against Wangaratta on Sunday.

A goal from Josh Koopman in the first half was the only score for the day.

Wangaratta was unable to convert thanks to Roar’s strong defence. It was a great team effort.

Reserve women

Cobram forfeited.

Reserve men

Wangaratta 2 d Cobram Roar 1

Senior men

Wangaratta 1 d Cobram Roar 0

Goals: Cobram Roar: E. Whiley.

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