ALBURY United took the bragging rights in the “Battle of Jelbart” with a 5-2 thumping of Albury City yesterday.
Left back Simon Flower bagged a double as United raced ahead 5-0 against its Jelbart Park neighbour.
The round one clash ended in a 2-2 draw but two late goals were the only consolation this time for City, which was outplayed and out-enthused for most of the contest.
Greens coach Adam Carty said the club was building towards the back half of the year.
“We had the luxury of three fresh reserves in seniors and four in reserve grade today,” he said.
“It was the perfect storm for a coach but it’s a great headache to have after having juggled players for most of the year.
“We need to keep the 11 on the park, together, for the rest of the year.
“We just need that continuity.”
Carty rated both wing backs — Flower and Ben Hughes — among their best.
“Any time your left back scores two goals you are going to be happy,” he said.
“Hughes was good too and was able to get forward and create problems for their back four.
“For most of the game we kept to our structure and our game plan.
“But it was just a little disappointing they ended up with those two goals in injury time because for most of the game (keeper) Marty Chambers had nothing to do.”