Roar ‘runs out of legs’ in loss
Under-12 Under-16 Senior men
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.