Alpine Observer

Cox top of the world

- BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjenvey@nemedia.com.au

AFTER ending their 43year cup hoodoo, Myrtleford has its sights set on more success this Albury Wodonga Football Associatio­n season.

The Savoys finally broke through to claim their first AWFA Cup title last year, putting four near misses in the previous decade behind them to beat Albury City 2-1.

With all the key pieces from 2016 returning the Savoys should remain firmly in the hunt for league and cup glory while co- coach Matt Park says winning back- toback titles is certainly the goal.

“The expectatio­ns are to challenge for the league and cup and with a bit of extra depth in the squad this year we think we are well posi- tioned to do that again,” Park said.

“After winning the cup I think Jayden and I were probably a bit worried about how the boys would come back but it’s a different feeling this year.

“We had such a good time celebratin­g it that I think the boys want that same feeling again, and if anything, last year gives us that confidence that we can win it.”

While Myrtleford loses goalkeeper Will Keenan and Michael Ferraro from last season’s starting defence they regain their two co-coaches.

Jayden Vescio is set to resume duties in goal after the shot-stopper’s reconstruc­ted knee was given the all clear two weeks ago while Park, the league’s reigning star player and golden boot winner, has overcome the ankle injury which cruelly ruled him out of the cup final.

They add more talent up forward with Italian signing Matteo Shuaipi and Kenyanborn Patrick Sibomana crossing from Wodonga Heart.

Raul Pahina is back, the former Murray United player impressed in the FFA Cup loss to Ringwood City in his first hit-out in more than 12 months while Marco Mancuso also returns to Savoy Park.

Along with half a dozen new signings Park said the reserves were well placed to improve on their fifth place finish and semi-final appearance from a season ago.

“With the players we have added we are pretty confident the reserves can challenge for a cup also,” Park said.

“They had a great year last year on the back of a really strong second half of the season and weren’t far away from making the cup final.

“They didn’t really have a proper coach last year and that was maybe one thing that held them back.”

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 ?? PHOTO: Justin Jenvey ?? WHAT HOODOO?: Players and supporters erupt in joy when Savoy broke through for its maiden Cup victory last year.
PHOTO: Justin Jenvey WHAT HOODOO?: Players and supporters erupt in joy when Savoy broke through for its maiden Cup victory last year.
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