Stephen Domenici and Nicolas Abot both score hat-tricks as Tigers FC retain the leadership of PS4 NPL Capital Football with a 6-0 win over Monaro Panthers in Round 15.
Wednesday 20th July
CU Academy 7 (Sam Whithear 45’, David Carder 52’, Joshua Gulevski 62’, Lachlan Griffiths 65’, Bul Juach 67’, Nicolas Felizzi 89’, Mate Barisic 90+1’) Woden-Weston FC 1 (Tim Dehelean 90+3’)
(Hawker Football Centre)
By William Bremner
On a surprisingly mild July evening CU Academy continued their recent good form beating cellar dwellers Woden-Weston FC 7-1 in what, eventually, became a one sided affair.
In a relatively benign opening stanza the young United side did enough to be in front but were not so dominant that the fireworks of the second half could have been predicted. Indeed the first half scoring was begun and simultaneously completed almost on the stroke of half time as San Whithear touched home at the near post following a fast right hand side break.
Saturday 23rd July
Belconnen United v Woden-Weston FC – Match Postponed
Sunday 24th July
Canberra FC v Gungahlin United – Match Postponed
Canberra Olympic 2 (Robbie Cattanach 56’, Oliver Wiederkehr 81’) Tuggeranong United 0
By David Jordan
Canberra Olympic kept themselves in the hunt for the PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues: Canberra Championship on Sunday with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Tuggeranong United.
Goals to Robbie Cattanach and Oliver Wiederkehr in the second half helped see off a spirited Tuggeranong challenge on a fresh afternoon at O’Connor.
In a first-half devoid of clear-cut opportunities, Olympic coach Frank Cachia was struck a blow just six minutes in with Victor Yanes forced from the field. Yanes appeared to injure his leg as he pulled the trigger from outside the box, and was replaced in midfield by Adam Rogic.
With neither side able to force an opening through the crowded midfield, players were restricted to shooting from distance to no avail. Both Angelo Konstantinou and Tuggeranong keeper Josh Lagudah were forced into saves from distance, but neither were overly challenged in the opening forty-five.
Monaro Panthers 0 Tigers FC 6 (Stephen Domenici 8’, 61’ 65’, Nicolas Abot 55’, 83’, 86’)
(Duncan Oval, Googong)
Tigers FC remained top of the PS4 NPL ladder, and significantly buffered their goal difference in the process, as they roared to a 6-0 victory over Monaro Panthers in Googong with Stephen Domenici and Nicolas Abot both claiming hat-tricks.
Arguably, if it wasn’t for some poor finishing and some outstanding goalkeeping from Nathan Alferink in the Panthers goal, the Tigers would have hit double figures in a performance worthy of a champion side.
The visitors stated their intent from the off and Domenici should have put them ahead in the second minute, shrugging off a challenge and advancing on goal, only to scuff his effort wide of the post. The forward went close again minutes later as he took the ball wide of Alferink but, from an acute angle, struck the outside of the post.
It wasn’t to be long before he made up for his misses though putting Tigers ahead in the 8th minute. Jeremias Ibarra found space out wide and delivered a superb low ball into the area for Domenici to tap into the net at the back post.
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