Roar ‘runs out of legs’ in loss

Un­der-12 Un­der-16 Se­nior men

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

They tried their hearts out for 70 min­utes, but even­tu­ally Co­bram Roar play­ers ran out of legs in the last 20 min­utes of their match against Al­bury United, con­ced­ing two goals in the last 10 min­utes to fin­ish 2-0 losers.

Com­ing off ar­guably their best re­sult of the sea­son in ham­mer­ing Boomers 4-0, the Roar play­ers went into this clash high on con­fi­dence and it showed as they started pos­i­tively against Al­bury United, con­trol­ling the tempo of the game in the first half.

For coach Bill Puck­ett, the rea­sons for de­feat were ob­vi­ous.

‘‘I think we just lacked some cut­ting edge in the fi­nal third of the pitch, which was some­thing we had last week against Boomers but we failed to do again this week,’’ Puck­ett said.

‘‘We also ran out of legs and that was the story of the game.

‘‘It was a great ef­fort from our boys for the ma­jor­ity of the game but in the last 20 min­utes you could just see us re­ally tir­ing and we started to fa­tigue in the mid­field and they cap­i­talised.’’

The Roar was miss­ing star im­port Greg Sim­mons due to visa com­mit­ments, which meant he had to re­turn to the United King­dom tem­po­rar­ily, but Puck­ett said he would re­turn this week­end.

On a brighter note, Co­bram has been boosted sig­nif­i­cantly by the re­cent ar­rival of English­man and right back Dean Faith­ful, who has started his Roar ca­reer in promis­ing fash­ion.

This Sun­day the Roar faces the big­gest chal­lenge in the AWFA, when it meets Myrtle­ford in a re­play of last sea­son’s grand fi­nal.

The Savoys have been the stand­out team in the com­pe­ti­tion for some time now, but Puck­ett says they can be beaten.

‘‘Of course we want to get one back on them,’’ he said.

‘‘For me, their re­sults haven’t been as dom­i­nant as pre­vi­ous years.

‘‘The game I watched of them against Wodonga Di­a­monds they won 2-1, but it wasn’t con­vinc­ing.

‘‘They’re not putting teams to bed and they are al­ways con­ced­ing goals so that shows me their de­fen­sive and at­tack­ing play isn’t as strong as it has been in the past.

‘‘On our day, if we show up like we did against Boomers, we could have an­other up­set on our hands.’’ Co­bram Roar 3 d Al­bury United 1 Co­bram Roar 0 lost to Al­bury United 2

Catch me if you can: Glenn Feldt­mann chases his Al­bury United op­po­nent.

Quick: Im­port Dean Faith­full ap­plies pres­sure as Aaron Feldt­mann comes in to pro­vide sup­port.

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