(Direct Media Release care of Capital Football)
Sunday 27th April
Canberra FC 7 (Ryan Keir 4’, Domenic Giampaolo 48’ (pen), 60’, Daniel Bennett 50’, 57’, Alex Oloriegbe 83’, Philippe Bernabo-Madrid 84’) Tuggeranong United 0
Canberra FC stormed to a 7-0 victory over Tuggeranong United at Deakin Stadium to continue their excellent start to the campaign. The hosts ultimately won with some comfort but were made to battle in the first half by their visitors before upping the tempo and proving their lethal touch in front of goal. Canberra FC got off to a flying start when Ryan Keir steered a Daniel Bennett cross into the roof of the net in only the 4th minute but Tuggeranong regrouped well and defended expertly whilst offering a threat on the break. But, after Domenic Giampaolo made it 2-0 three minutes into the second half from the penalty spot after Bennett had been upended by Sean Kiddey, it was all one way traffic. Daniel Bennett struck twice in quick succession to increase the lead before Giampaolo swept home a superb sixth that Rowan Shepherd in the Tuggeranong goal could do nothing about. With the game secure Canberra FC could afford the luxury of introducing Philippe Bernabo-Madrid and Alex Oloriegbe from the bench and both strikers found their way onto the score sheet within the space of sixty seconds as United, opening up and still trying to play football, were caught on the counter by the pace of the league leaders. United by then were down to ten men after Kiddey was dismissed in the 72nd minute for a second bookable offence.
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Canberra FC: 1. Jakob COLE, 2. Aaron EVANS, 5. Antonio BARBARO, 6. Ryan KEIR, 8. Ian GRAHAM, 10. Domenic GIAMPAOLO, 13. Daniel BENNETT, 15. Jordan LAMB, 20. James FIELD, 23. Nathan EVANS, 16. Matt GREBSA
Substitutes used: 9. Philippe BERNABO-MADRID, 99. Alex OLORIEGBE
Tuggeranong United: 1. Rowan SHEPHERD, 2. Cameron DOHERTY, 3. Jonathan REIS, 4. Jon TOOLE, 6. Sean KIDDEY, 7. Matt MENSER, 8. Tim STEWART, 10. Muad ZWED, 13. Sean MUPRHY, 14. Daniel COLBERTALDO, 15. Harry PETTIT
Substitutes used: 9. Michael GURNEY, 12. Adam CASEY, 16. Jordan GLOVER
Discipline: YELLOW CARDS: 16. Matt GRBESA, 23. Nathan EVANS (Canberra FC), 15. Harry PETTIT (Tuggeranong United)
RED CARD: 6. Sean KIDDEY (Tuggeranong United)
Match Officials: David Bruce, Owen Goldrick. Sam Clark
Canberra City 1 (Gimale Essacu 93’) Woden Valley 1 (Regan Walsh 86’)
REPORT BY BRENDAN HAWES: A game of two halves as Woden Valley battled Canberra City to a close-knit draw. It was a level contest throughout the first half as both Woden and City attempted to assert their stance on the game. With even possession and limited attacking chances causing the momentum to swing both ways scrambled defence, lacklustre attack and a reaction save from Woden number one Jason Denham lead to player frustration. Woden midfielder Regan Walsh was an integral part, taking two close free kicks and receiving a yellow card for a rough challenge on the halfway line. Each team had decent chances on the counter, but a wayward last pass and poor shot on goal kept both teams scoreless at halftime. Woden shot out of the blocks after the break earning an early corner after quick attacking play. A nifty one – two lead to a shot from captain John Gibson, landing straight in the mitts of City keeper, James Ward. It proved to be a necessary save as in the next minute, City player Alan Gaston was shown a second yellow for a handball in the box, forcing City to ten men. Though surviving instant attack from Woden, City dug in their heels and dragged themselves back into the contest, as the game soothed to an even keel. Each side sharing attacking play before an 86th minute, outside the box strike from Regan Walsh surged Woden into the lead. The two teams played out the remaining minutes until City substitute Gimale Essacu scored a stylish equaliser in the 90th minute. The game ending shortly afterwards in a 1-1 deadlock.
Canberra City: 33. James WARD, 2. Andrew MANLEY, 3. James PERRY, 4. David DEXTER, 5. Andrew ALIFFI, 6. Adam DOBELL, 9. Ben DOYLE, 10. Misko NAUMOSKI, 13. Alan GASTON, 15. Jeremy HEGARTY, 16. Joe BERGIN
Substitutes used: 7. Gimale ESSACU, 12. Brad SAWYER, 14. Matt RICE
Woden Valley: 1. Jason DENHAM, 4. Dominic SMEDLEY, 5. John GIBSON, 7. Regan WALSH, 8. Conor NOLAN, 9. Thomas ZEITLHOFER, 12. Mitch STEENBERGEN, 14. David JENKINS, 15. Jake WILSENER, 19. Liam WALSH, 23. Andrew SLAVICH
Substitutes used: 22. Owen STEER, 27. Julien RENARD, 28. Zach HARRIGAN
Discipline: YELLOW CARDS: 6. Adam DOBELL, 16. Joe BERGIN (Canberra City), 7. Regan WALSH (Woden Valley)
Match Officials: Sam Nixon (referee), Brett Woodford, Duncan McLaren
Belconnen United 3 (Goran Mukevski 40’, Jack Blackley 59’, 73’) FFA COE 2 (Daniel Maskin 36’, Kye Rowles 94’)
Belconnen United remains unbeaten and clear at the top of the National Premier Leagues: Capital Football table, albeit having played a game more than their rivals, after surviving a scare against newcomers FFA COE at McKellar Park eventually triumphing 3-2. It was a sluggish performance from the Blue Devils, missing the suspended Taylor Beaton and the absent Dustin Wells and George Timotheou, forcing a reshuffle for Head Coach Dean Ugrinic. And it looked a bit patchy in parts from the home team who were made to work by an FFA COE team that oozed pace and confidence following their recent pre-season tour of Italy. The youngsters, all new to the AIS this term, took the lead before the break when Daniel Maskin struck their first goal of the season but their joy was short-lived as Goran Mukevski brought Belconnen level just four minutes later meaning the scores were deadlocked at half-time. The strength and experience of Belconnen came more to the fore in the second half but they needed an unlikely source to pop up and put them in control of the match. Jack Blackley is by no means a regular goalscorer but he found his touch twice in the space of fourteen minutes to put Belconnen 3-1 up and looking good for the points. A late goal from Kye Rowles made for a nervy ending but Belconnen held on to claim the win.
Belconnen United: 1. Ashley COLLINS, 2. Cameron REINHART, 4. David KEMP, 6. David ARRANZ, 9. Goran MUKEVSKI, 10. Michael TAURASI, 11. Jason UGRINIC, 13. Jack GREEN, 14. Milan POPOVICH, 15. Jack BLACKLEY, 17. Tom McLACHLAN
Substitutes used: 7. Aisosa IHEGIE, 8. Zac MAYBURY, 16. Bernard RENE
FFA COE: 1. Duro DRAGICEVIC, 3. Perry FOTAKOPOULOS, 4. Kye ROWLES, 7. Daniel MASKIN, 9. Nicholas D’AGOSTINO, 13. Christian VERBI, 14. Solomon MONAHAN-VAIIKA, 15. Zak WATERS, 17. Nicholas PANETTA, 19. Charlie DEVEREUX, 23. Kosta PETRATOS
Substitutes used: 6. Joe CALETTI, 8. Daniel ARZANI, 11. Peter KEKERIS
Discipline: YELLOW CARDS: 6. David ARRANZ, 8. Zac MAYBURY, 10. Michael TAURASI, 13. Jack GREEN (Belconnen United)
Match Officials: Richard Naumovski (referee), Alex McConachie, Delfina Dimoski
Canberra Olympic 6 (Robbie Deeley 12’, 88’, 92’, Mark Shields 14’, 60’, Nick Bobolas 70’) Monaro Panthers 1 (Thomas James 7’)
A hat-trick from midfielder Robbie Deeley helped Canberra Olympic to a 6-1 victory over Monaro Panthers at O’Connor Enclosed as last year’s Grand Final winners made it two wins from two at the start of the season. Olympic had to come from behind to win the fixture however as the Panthers started strongly and a stunning free-kick from Thomas James, his third goal of the season, belted into the top corner, had the visitors in front on seven minutes. It was a short lived lead though as Olympic hit back straight away as Deeley cracked in his first goal of the afternoon. Soon the hosts were in front as Mark Shields slotted home a goal that gave Olympic a 2-1 half-time lead. The Panthers continued to press after the break but Olympic was devastating on the counter-attack utilising pace and power to tear into the Monaro back-line. Shields notched his second following good approach work by Marc O’Neill, the forward showing tremendous strength to hold off two attempted challenges to net from inside the area before Nick Bobolas thumped home a bullet header to seal the points. The late dismissal of Panthers’ substitute Matur Dong left plenty of space for the home team to exploit and Deeley duly took advantage, grabbing his second with a diving header and completing his treble with a neatly taken third just before the final whistle.
Canberra Olympic: 1. Nick OWEN, 2. Marc O’NEILL, 3. Daniel FULTON, 4. Chris NIKITAS, 5. Nathan TIDMARSH, 7. Robbie DEELEY, 8. Josh GASPARI, 10. Mark SHIELDS, 14. Callum SMITH, 17. Nick BOBOLAS, 99. Tim WOMACK
Substitutes used: 6. Jeremy HABTEMARIAM, 9. Oliver WIEDERKEHR, 12. Adam ROGIC
Monaro Panthers: 1. Rory LARKIN, 2. Lewis BATES, 3. Alex HOLLIS, 4. Sam LAVELLA, 5. Darian McGARRY-WATSON, 6. Arok THON, 7. Adrian CANIZARES, 8. Josh CALABRIA, 9. Martin DENG, 10. Thomas JAMES, 11. Deng PADIET
Substitutes used: 7. Peter MATHIANG, 13. Matur DONG, 15. Andrew MYSSONSKI
Discipline: YELLOW CARDS: 5. Nathan TIDMARSH, 17. Nick BOBOLAS (Canberra Olympic), 4. Sam LAVELLA, 10. Thomas JAMES (Monaro Panthers)
RED CARD: 13. Matur DONG (Monaro Panthers)
Match Officials: Matt Cropper (referee), Gary Vandeburgt, Vinh Ngo-Da
3 Daniel BENNETT, Aaron EVANS, Domenic GIAMPAOLO, Alex OLORIEGBE (Canberra FC), Robbie DEELEY, Mark SHIELDS (Canberra Olympic), Thomas JAMES (Monaro Panthers)
2 Jack BLACKLEY, Goran MUKEVSKI, Dustin WELLS (Belconnen United), Jon TOOLE (Tuggeranong United), Regan WALSH (Woden Valley)
1 Taylor BEATON, David KEMP, Jason UGRINIC (Belconnen United), Gimale ESSACU (Canberra City), Philippe BERNABO-MADRID, Ryan KEIR (Canberra FC), Nick BOBOLAS, Michael REEVE, Callum SMITH (Canberra Olympic), Robbie CATTANACH, Stephen DOMENICI (Cooma Tigers), Daniel MASKIN, Kye ROWLES (FFA COE), Deng PADIET (Monaro Panthers), Andrew SLAVICH (Woden Valley), Own GOALS