Replay is a repeat

By Cobram Courier

Cobram Roar’s struggles at home this AWFA season continued on Sunday when they went down to last year’s champions Myrtleford Savoy 4-0 in a grand final replay.

There was certainly no disgrace in losing to the Savoy, who achieved the incredible feat of going undefeated in a calendar year with their victory over Cobram.

In a tough day at the office for the Roar, goalkeeper Zac McLeod, 16, stood up and was superb in goal, making numerous saves to keep Cobram in the game in the first half.

Throughout the match the Roar struggled to retain possession, which allowed the Savoy to control the tempo of the game.

Cobram was denied a slice of luck needed against a quality opposition when Shaun Willis broke through on goal and was taken out in what could have easily been a red card, but it was not given and the scores were locked at 0-0.

Cobram president Michael Startari said the Roar could learn great lessons from the way the Myrtleford players approached their football.

‘‘Myrtleford are a well organised team that all play for each other. They don’t do anything fancy, they just go out and get the job done as a team,’’ he said.

‘‘Something we need to work on to get our season back on track is our work rate and playing for each other as a unit.’’

The Roar finds itself in eighth position on the table with just three wins from seven games.

They take on Albury Hotspurs at home this weekend in what is shaping as a must-win encounter.