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Rivals no more: Last Cobram vs Victory fixture

Victory takes the lion share of wins, with Cobram winning seniors and under 14s.

August 13, 2014 3:36am

Put the foot down: Victory coach Louis Clark makes an unsuccessful attempt at goal as Cobram's Sean Ellis blocks.


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Cobram Victory and Cobram Soccer Club played out their last ever local derby on Sunday and put on a great show for the large crowd.

Victory drew first blood through coach Louis Clark after he broke through and dribbled past the keeper before slotting home to give his side the lead.

The Tigers didn’t take long to respond when Sean Ellis caught out the Victory defence on the counter attack and made no mistake finishing his chance to level the scores.

It wasn’t long before there was another goal when Clark was brought down in the box and awarded a penalty that Romain slammed home into the back of the net to put Victory back into the lead.

But again the Tigers responded shortly after, when Slater broke through and lobbed the keeper to again draw his side level before the Tigers scored again within minutes when a pin point cross by Gatcum found the head of Ellis to score his second of the match and the game’s fifth goal in the opening half hour.

It was an entertaining match with end-to-end attacking football as the match went into the break with the Tigers leading 3-2.

After the break Victory again was first to pounce when a red hot Clark broke again and dribbled the Tigers keeper before slotting home his second for the match to once again level the scores.

Both teams continued to push forward and create chances and it took until the 75th minute for the next goal to come with a Sean Ellis specialty from a free kick to seal his hat-trick and give the Tigers the lead once again.

Victory threw everything forward in the later stages, going close but to no avail as the match ended with the Tigers winning 4-3.

Victory seniors left the pitch for the final time as they have the bye in the final round.

Both sides can hold their heads high, putting in a great effort in a thrilling game that could have easily gone either way.

Reserves

The reserves match was set to be a blockbuster with both sides looking to confirm a spot in the finals.

Victory had the early running and broke through when Michael Startari pounced on a mistake by the Tigers keeper to give his side the lead which they would take into the break.

The first 15 minutes of the second half was crucial and Victory came out with all guns blazing, scoring another three goals with Goldsworthy scoring two and Diramacca getting one to finish off any chance of a Tigers comeback, as the match finished with a 4-0 win to the Victory.

Victory will play this Sunday with a chance to take second spot on the ladder, while the Tigers are four points behind in sixth.

Women

The women were also set for another blockbuster, with both sides playing for a spot in the top two.

In a fairly even first half it was Victory that took the chances, firstly from a well-set goal that Diretto got on the end of to give her side the lead before a great run by Mathieson doubled her side’s lead going into half-time.

After the break the Tigers got one back but Victory held tight and recorded a great win. Victory climbs to second position while Cobram slips to fourth.

Under-14

Victory put up a great fight against a strong Tigers outfit but was outclassed, going down 5-0.

The Cobram Soccer Club boys proudly secured the GNEFA flag, remaining undefeated for season 2014.

Under-12

Victory under-12s continued their great form heading into finals with a convincing 6-0 win. The players will now be looking to take some good form into finals.

This Sunday, Victory takes on Shepparton at Barooga in its last home and away match, (seniors with the bye).

All eyes will be on the reserves and women, as both teams are playing for a top two spot.

Cobram faces Shepparton United at Cobram Showgrounds.

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