Cobram Victory has opened its Regional Premier League account in impressive fashion against Kyabram Phoenix by banging home 10 goals.MATTHEW GALEA March 25, 2014 4:10am
Life at Cobram Victory could not have started better for new coach Louis Clark.
Victory took its first steps in the Regional Premier League in the post-Craig Carley era and did so in style, smacking 10 goals past league newcomer Kyabram Phoenix.
‘‘We were confident we would take three points and we prepared as well as we could,’’ Clark said.
‘‘We started off really well and from there it was maybe a bit hard to motivate ourselves .
Victory went 4-0 up in the first 20 minutes and although Clark’s boys couldn’t add to that for the remainder of the first half, a six-goal second half ensured Victory’s dominance was fully emphasised in the final scoreline.
Clark scored four of the goals himself, with Nagus Henry scoring a hat-trick.
The other three goals came courtesy of Kane Goldsworthy (two) and Cameron Miles.
‘‘You can’t take too much from it really, but we kept the ball well which is what I was really impressed with. We had the ball for minutes at a time without them touching it,’’ Clark said.
Phoenix coach Shaban Mehmet admitted the match was a big wake-up call to his players.
‘‘We need to defend better,’’ Mehmet said.
‘‘They’re a quality team and this was a big step up for a few of the under-18 boys and the reserves players that doubled up.
‘‘We just need to keep working on our structures the way we have been.’’
Mehmet bemoaned a number of silly errors that cost his side goals and said the scoreline could have been even worse.
‘‘Formation-wise, we weren’t bad, but there were a lot of technical errors. We were caught ball-watching and our concentration let us down,’’ Mehmet said.
‘‘They’re just simple errors, but big clubs will pick us apart.’’
In the round’s other game, Shepparton South defeated Cobram 2-0, much to the annoyance of co-coach Luke Slater who blasted his team’s professionalism.
‘‘We got what we deserved, we’ve got some players that don’t come to training and others that come late,’’ Slater said.
‘‘We had four guys at training on time on Friday. We’ve had a terrible pre-season.’’
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