AFTER 20 long years the wait is finally over – Wangaratta City has claimed the Albury Wodonga Football Association Cup after a thrilling penalty shootout win against Myrtleford at Jelbart Park yesterday.
In keeping to the script which saw the two fierce rivals playing off in a grand final for the first time in the league, it was an epic encounter.
Myrtleford snuck in an early goal when Nathan Mirt caught Wangaratta City goalkeeper Jon Shaw off guard following a long entry from Michael Ferraro just four minutes in.
From there it was the Savoys who controlled play for much of the first half, but a number of shots went high or wide, with another Mirt attempt saved by Shaw.
The stout defence of Stoycho Ivanov also helped the Red Devils, as the big Bulgarian kept Myrtleford ace Matt Park from having any real impact.
But the Devils couldn’t get anything happening offensively as their possession play continually broke down in attack, with Savoy captain Brenton Cook creating plenty of turnovers.
A serious knee injury to Raff Molinaro saw the match halted for five minutes as paramedics arrived to carry him off the ground, which saw Wangaratta coach Mario Antonello send Hamish Busk into goals, bringing Shaw into attack.