League leaders Belconnen United swamped an off colour Woden Valley 5-0 at McKellar Park on Sunday afternoon to cement their position as the leading force in the loop Premier League after ten rounds. The Blue Devils were never seriously threatened by a Woden team who came into the match off the back of their first ever win over Canberra FC last weekend. Belconnen were ahead after only fifteen minutes when David Kemp strode clear of a flat back four to stab a shot beyond the reach of Evan Alexandrow-Ridley in the Woden goal.
Ryan Jones doubled the lead with a firm header from a deep Cameron Reinhart cross to put Belconnen 2-0 up at the interval. It took only two minutes of the second half for the lead to be extended as Reinhart converted at the second attempt and, with Woden devoid of ideas, the Blue Devils took full advantage to net twice in the space of three minutes when Dustin Wells cracked home a first time effort before Matt Valeri crashed home the fifth in off the bar and post.
Over at Hawker Football Centre Canberra FC got back to winning ways with a 5-2 win over a depleted Canberra City. The champions were ahead in the 34th minute when Matt Grbesa converted from an acute angle to put the visitors ahead at half-time. A second had Canberra FC in complete control as Adam Spaleta danced his way down the flank and squared for Nicky Rogers to slide home and less than two minutes later Ryan Keir blazed a glorious third from distance.
The introduction of new signing Domenic Giampaolo added extra impetus to the front third and the striker, signed from Canberra Olympic in the week, was quickly on the score sheet latching onto a defensive error to lob over the advancing James Ward. Michael Splaleta hit his eleventh of the season for 5-0 to confirm the victory. City added an air of respectability to the score board with a late double as substitute Luke Hartin turned the ball home from close range and Adam Dobell curled a beautiful free kick into the top corner but City was well beaten.
Cooma Tigers further outlined their title credentials with an amazing 9-2 hammering of Tuggeranong United at Nijong Oval with Alex Oloriegbe and Stephen Domenici both grabbing hat-tricks in the impressive win. The Tigers were simply far too good for a Tuggeranong team that was outclassed on the field and saw Alex Weber sent off for a second yellow card in the second half and Coach Jeremy Butler sent to the stands for abusing the match officials to further compound their misery.
The Tigers were 3-0 up inside fifteen minutes as Robbie Cattanach gave them an 8th minute lead before Oloriegbe and Domenici took advantage of gaping holes in the United defence to finish with confidence. Tuggeranong saw some light at the end of the tunnel, albeit briefly, when Tim Anderson chipped Francis Bangweni when sent through on goal, but it was a moment of respite against a fluid and ruthless Tigers attack. By half-time Oloriegbe had a hat-trick and Domenici and Cattanach had a brace apiece as Cooma led 7-1.
In a more even second stanza Domenici completed his treble and substitute Gustavo Roldan crashed home the ninth whilst Tuggeranong replied through an 85th minute penalty, converted by Mark Shields at the second attempt, the officials forcing a re-take for encroachment. In truth it could have been a lot more had it not been for some superb saves from Tuggeranong goalkeeper Matt McDonald who saved his team from further embarrassment as Cooma romped to an easy victory.
Monaro Panthers earned only their fourth point of the season with a deserved 1-1 draw against Canberra Olympic at O’Connor Enclosed. Robbie Deeley gave the home team the lead in the 26th minute before missing a second half penalty. That gave the Panthers the chance they required and Paul Ivanic netted his fourth of the season to bring Monaro back on level terms. The Panthers lost centre back Tom Crossley to a straight red card for a reckless challenge but held on to gain a share of the spoils.
Cooma Tigers 9 (Robbie Cattanach 8’, 34’, Alex Oloriegbe 11’, 29’, 43’, Stephen Domenici 14’, 38’, 62’, Gustavo Roldan 80’) Tuggeranong United 2 (Tim Anderson 27’, Mark Shields 85’ (pen))
Belconnen United 5 (David Kemp 15’, Ryan Jones 26’, Cameron Reinhart 47’, Dustin Wells 63’, Matt Valeri 65’) Woden Valley 0