PS4 NPL Capital Football Preview: Round 14

Tuggeranong United host Canberra FC at Kambah 2 on Sunday, with FC playing its first match after their return home from a successful European tour in Croatia.

Saturday 18th July 2015
Belconnen United v FFA Centre of Excellence
(McKellar Park, 17:30)

Second place takes on third in the first game of the PS4 National Premier League: Capital Football on Saturday night as Belconnen United welcomes FFA Centre of Excellent to McKellar Park.

After last week’s competition bye, both teams will be entering this game fresh and looking for a win to keep the pressure on the ladder-leading Tigers FC who enjoy a second week off.

Belconnen are one point from the top of the table, with FFA COE three points further adrift. FFA COE had a win last start, beating a Canberra Olympic team that may have deserved more reward. The youth team will need to improve if they want another three points against a Belconnen team coming off only their second loss of the season.

Last time these two teams met FFA COE were outstanding, taking it to the reigning premiers, only to concede late and settle for a draw. If they can maintain that same speed and aggression for 90 minutes, spectators will be in for some great football.


Sunday 19th July 2015
Gungahlin United v Monaro Panthers
(Gungahlin Enclosed, 15:00)

Gungahlin United play host to Monaro Panthers in the first Sunday match for the round at Gungahlin Enclosed.

Gungahlin have hit form midseason, taking ten points from a possible twelve in their last four league matches, as well as winning their way into the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32. They are looking to continue that run, as they are still a point outside the top four, with Canberra FC having two games in hand.

The Panthers won their second game of the season last start and will be buoyed at the prospect of putting some wins together and moving up the ladder. A full team effort will be needed, with Shane Murray in particular stepping up for the Gunners in recent weeks, causing mischief for opposition midfielders allowing the likes of Daniel Barac, Stephen Domenici and Dustin Wells to really shine. Overall, it’s hard to see Gungahlin’s winning ways ending this weekend.


Tuggeranong United v Canberra FC
(Kambah 2-1, 15:00)

Tuggeranong had another loss last week in a bizarre fixture that saw them give up another early lead, when defender Dominic Szrakity was red carded for handling on the line.

Eventually going on to lose 2-1, Tuggeranong also lost Coach Steve Forshaw after being dismissed by the referee after a disagreement with an opposition player.

Canberra FC will be looking to overcome any jetlag as they prepare to catch up on postponed fixtures from their time abroad. The game against Tuggeranong will be used to shake the cobwebs and start their late assault on the title. FC are only five points from the top of the ladder with two games in hand and will see this match as a must have three points to start their push. 


Canberra Olympic v Woden-Weston FC 
(O’Connor Enclosed, 15:00)

Canberra Olympic play host to Woden-Weston FC in the last game of the round, with both teams looking to improve from their last performance.

Olympic were successful in winning against FFA Coe, but by all reports, were lucky to take home the points. Woden Weston had another poor performance against a far better Gungahlin FC. In their last three defeats, Woden-Weston FC have conceded 15 goals and need their defence to improve to give them any shot at taking points in this fixture.

Last time the two teams played was on a cold Friday night. Olympic came out much faster than their opposition, scoring three goals within thirty minutes and essentially putting the game to bed. If Woden-Weston FC are to reverse the result, a better start is essential. Olympic are still three points outside the top four and will be eyeing the three points as essential if they want to play finals football at the end of the season.


Click here to view the ladder and the leading scorers heading into Round 14.