Canberra FC claimed a resounding 3-0 Match of the Round victory as goals from Matthew Waters, Thomas James and Robert Deeley saw off reigning Premiers Canberra Olympic in a grand final rematch.
Canberra Olympic 0 def. by Canberra FC 3 (Waters 18’, James, 81’, Deeley 90+’)
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Monaro Panthers 0 def. by Tigers FC 5 (Popovich 20’, Abot 32’, Haridemos 67’, Own GOALS 21’, 23’)
Tigers FC continued their winning ways to start the season with a five-goal thumping of Monaro Panthers at Duncan Sporting Fields.
Both sides started slowly to begin proceedings however Tigers found the breakthrough after 20 minutes as Milan Popovich fired home to give his side the lead, and just a minute later a Monaro own goal doubled the advantage as the ball ended up in the back of the net.
The Panthers were struggling to pull themselves into the game as another own goal hurt them even more just two minutes later, and the home side were down 3-0 after just 23 minutes. Nikolas Abot finished tidily after 32 minutes to extend the advantage and Tigers cruised into half-time with a 4-0 buffer as Panthers withered under the visitors attack.
The second half saw a far quieter affair, until Nicholas Haridemos completely iced the game as he latched onto a rebound inside the box to tap home for Tigers fifth.
Riverina Rhinos 0 def. by Belconnen United 5 (Ugrinic 11’, 16’, 33’, Wells 71’, Reinhardt 76’)
Belconnen United jumped to second place on the PS4NPL Table on the weekend with a big road win in Griffith. Riverina had no answers for the Blue Devils attack, in particular Jason Ugrinic who stunned the Rhinos with a blistering first-half hat trick.
The visitors were cruising at the half-time break with a three-goal buffer and never looked like letting it slip in the second half. The Rhinos tried to hit back but struggled to create effective chances in their first home appearance in the NPL, and were set back again as Dustin Wells scored in the 74th minute. Cameron Reinhardt sealed the win in the 76th minute as the Rhinos were condemned to their second big loss to open the season.
Woden-Weston FC 0 def. by Gungahlin United 2 (Rinaudo 71’, O’Dwyer 83’)
Gungahlin United notched up their first win of the Premier League season with a 2-0 win over Woden-Weston at Woden Park on Saturday. The home side started strongly with some solid link-up play up top, and could have taken the lead before the break as Daniel Crkovski fired wide from a good spot inside the box.
Jason Denham saved well from Crkovski shortly after half-time to deny Woden-Weston again, and Gungahlin made it count in the 71st minute as Michael Rinaudo was first to a rebound to give United the lead. Rinaudo turned creator for the second as he found Jason O’Dwyer in the 18-yard box to fire home and seal the win for the visitors.