9 May 2018

Canberra FC treating every game like their grand-final as they try to retain top spot

| Lachlan Roberts
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Canberra FC thrashed the Tigers 7-2 last Sunday and remain the only unbeaten side in the premier league. Photo: Supplied by Capital Football.

Canberra FC has only played four matches this season but are still sitting pretty on top of the table after six rounds due to treating every match like there is silverware to be won after the 90 minutes.

Canberra FC jumped over Tuggeranong United into the top spot on the ladder after thrashing the Tigers 7-2 last Sunday and remain the only unbeaten side in the premier league.

Canberra’s head coach Paul Macor said his side’s stunning start to the season was due to taking one game at a time.

“It’s been a long pre-season for us because we didn’t play our first game until the season was two or three games in so we have just taken every game as it comes and just performed,” Macor said.

“I keep saying to my boys to take every game as a grand-final and we have just got to make sure we don’t become complacent and step up for each game we play.

“It is just about going out there and enjoying the style of football that we are playing and everyone has bought into what we are trying to achieve and you can tell that by the results.”

Canberra FC has arguably been the best side in the league but Macor believes his team still haven’t reached their full potential.

“I believe that the guys still haven’t peaked this season and it is still early days,” he said.

“We are only four games into a long season so its hard to say whether we are 50, 60 or 90 per cent, but I just think that we haven’t reached our full capacity.”

Canberra FC’s next challenge is last year’s champions Belconnen United at McKellar Park on Saturday night and Macor said his side will not be taking them lightly.

“I take every team as contenders for the trophy at the end of the year and Belconnen is no different. We have to go in with a different game plan against the opposition and play to our advantage.”

Round Seven

Woden Weston FC vs Monaro Panthers FC, Woden Park, Saturday (12 May) 3 pm kickoff

Riverina Rhinos vs Tigers FC, EW Moore Oval, Saturday (12 May) 5 pm kickoff

Belconnen United FC vs Canberra FC, McKellar Park, Saturday (12 May) 5:30 pm kickoff

Gungahlin United FC vs Canberra Olympic, Gungahlin Enclosed, Sunday (13 May) 3 pm kickoff

Tuggeranong United FC bye

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