Charlie RomainMYRTLEFORD’S English import Charlie Romain announced his return to Border soccer in the best way possible yesterday — scoring within 15 minutes of his first match back in the Savoys 4-0 thumping of Albury United.
The nuggety midfielder returned to Britain mid-season but coach Michael Sacco was confident he would be back for finals.
“We would have liked him to fly under the radar, not get on the scoresheet but there he was with the first goal inside the quarter hour,” he said.
“Charlie gives us another string to our bow, particularly going into the finals.
“But I don’t take much out of the results today, too many teams were resting injured players and those close to the yellow card limit.”
The Savoys will play United again next week in the cut-throat cup quarter-final but the game will be played on the Border rather than the fortress at Savoy Park.
“If there is a team that knows how to play finals it is United,” Sacco said.
“Last year they came from sixth to win the cup and they simply have too many good players in the squad to ignore.
“Next week I expect a very different contest and know that they will be very tough to beat.
“They had a couple of good chances in the first half where Jayden Vescio pulled off good saves and it could have been a very different game.”
Meanwhile, Melrose FC keeper and coach Josh Fluss was taking the positives out of a 4-2 loss to league champions Wodonga Diamonds.
Last year’s runner-ups rested Kade Rixon, Sean Pye and Evan Rawluk ahead of the play-offs.
“Both sides were pretty flat out there today,” Fluss said.
“But we were able to score a couple and, but for a few lapses of concentration, were able to be competitive for 80 per cent of the match.
“If that is the benchmark then it gives us heart.
“From next week we have a fully fit squad for the first time all year and a few tricks up our sleeve.”
At Jelbart Park Albury City had an early lead after Michael Pertzel scored the opening goal before Twin City, with Cayne and Shaun Wilhelm and Jason Gilbert back in the side, ran away with the game in the second half to win 3-1.
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