Capital football brings word that the lowly RiotACT sponsored Tuggeranong United have dashed Woden Valley’s finals hopes:
There were few goals in Round 20 of the loop Premier League as Woden Valley’s hopes of making their first-ever appearance in the end of season finals took a big blow with Tuggeranong United ending their chances of making the four with a narrow 1-0 win at Kambah 2.
A 21st goal of the season from United hit-man Mark Shields was the difference five minutes into the second half as Tuggeranong rode the late Woden storm with goalkeeper Matt McDonald denying Peter Marlette what could have been a priceless equaliser with a super save as time was running out. The result meant that Woden could only look on at the fixtures on Sunday praying for a Cooma win and a stunning turn-around in the final week of the campaign.
Unfortunately for Woden their finals hopes were dashed when Canberra FC gained the point they needed to qualify for the final four with a 0-0 draw at Cooma Tigers. In a non-event of a match there was barely a chance of note as both teams seemed content to settle for a draw in the build up to the end of season matches.
Over at O’Connor Enclosed a sixth minute goal from David Kemp was enough for the champions, Belconnen United, to inflict a narrow 1-0 win over Canberra Olympic. Olympic was unlucky not to get a point from the match seeing efforts from Travis Dries and Hristjan Tanoski crash back off the post to safety with Belconnen United goalkeeper rowan Shepherd beaten. Substitute Dries was later dismissed for picking up a pair of yellow cards in quick succession as the afternoon ended in disappointment for Leo Exarhos and his team who slip to fourth on the ladder.
A brace from Pat Ross-Magee helped Canberra City to a routine 3-0 win over Monaro Panthers in the clash between the bottom two clubs at Hawker Football Centre. Ross-Magee’s brace was his first goals of an injury hit campaign and the Futsalroo international was joined on the score sheet by Sam McDonald who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.