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Cobram Victory lose to top side Shepparton South

In a tough encounter Cobram goes down 4-1 to the undefeated Shepparton South.

May 14, 2014 3:35am

Michael Sacco gets to the ball ahead of Victory's Charlie Romain.

Cobram Victory travelled to Shepparton to take on the undefeated Shepparton South in what was set to be a tough match for an under-strength Victory outfit.

Michael Startari and Nicholas Cox were called into the line-up to fill the gaps of its injured regulars but Victory was still confident of causing an upset.

South started the better side and was controlling possession as Victory held tight and slowly worked its way into the match.

After 13min a mix-up between the Victory keeper and defender saw the South striker pounce on the loose ball and score into an empty net. This seemed to spark Victory players into life as they began to threaten going forward and were putting pressure on the South defence.

Victory thought it had equalised with 10min to play in the half when Miles was picked out with a free kick into the box and made no mistake scoring only to be closely ruled offside.

Victory continued to push and had a handful of corners and it was Miles again who struck a perfect half volley off a corner only for his goal-bound effort to force the South keeper into a great save and keep a one-goal lead into the break.

In the second half Victory was determined to come out strong and did just that when 3min in coach Clarke made a great run down the left wing into the box and struck a great shot on his left foot past the South keeper to level the scores.

South was now on the back foot as Victory continued to push and pressure the South defence and could have easily taken the lead when a long range effort by Marc Startari came back off the cross bar and a scramble in the box just missed that final touch.

But against the run of play South pounced again with a great cross picking out a player to restore the lead.

Victory continued to push forward leaving it vulnerable in defence as South piled on two more goals in the final five minutes to give the score line an unrealistic look at how tight the match really was.

Final score: 1-4.

This Sunday, Victory is back at home for the first time since March and will be hoping to get back on the winner’s list.

Reserves: The reserves took an under-strength side into the match.

Victory was dealt a major blow in the warm-ups when star striker Mantovani went down with an injury.

But Victory played well in the first half and took the lead from some great build-up play that ended with Marius Williams finishing with a great strike.

Midway through the second half South finally broke through to equalise.

Final score: 1-1.

Women: The women played their first match of the season and were a bit rusty early, but managed to take the lead against the run of play through Diretto before South scored three goals before the break.

In the second half both sides managed a goal each with Sauro scoring as Victory eventually went down 4-1 with first gamer Neil playing a great game as goalkeeper.

Under-14: The under-14s went into the match under-strength and went down 9-1.

Under-12: The under-12s went down 3-0. They were still in the match at the break but couldn’t break down a stubborn South defence.

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