In what must be the upset of the year, Tuggeranong United have defeated top of the ladder Belconnen United for their first win of the year in the ACT Gatorade Premier League. Tuggeranong have struggled with an inexperienced team this season, but the youngsters showed immense heart last night at McKellar Park to defeat the strongly fancied Belconnen side in their own front yard, 2-1. A goal to 17 year old Alex Weber put Tuggeranong ahead early in the match unsettling the home team. Weber and his striking partner Mark Shields caused all sorts of trouble for the Belconnen defence time after time. Belconnen held slightly more possession but Tuggies created multiple chances to score. An outstanding performance from Jamie Curry kept Belconnen’s danger man Danny Macor under control.
After the break Cameron Reinhart levelled the scores for Belconnen after a scrambling Tuggeranong defence failed to clear the ball, and the home side started to push forward for the winner. The visiting fans would probably have been happy with one point, however the Tuggeranong players had other ideas, and they soon broke Belconnen’s heart when Matt Menser’s piercing run down the right wing produced a clinical finish, once again by Weber.
Belconnen’s frustrations were evident with several players fortunate not be sent off in a couple of ugly scuffles, Zac Maybury eventually seeing his second yellow. Things just got worse for Belconnen when Callum Beaton was stretchered off with a serious knee injury.
Weber is starting to turn heads as he continues to improve, as are other young talents Martin Corujo and Tim Anderson. Tuggeranong will hope the win marks a turning point as they take on fellow giant killers Goulburn Strikers next week at Kambah 2.
Belconnen United 1 (Cameron Reinhart)
Tuggeranong United 2 (Alex Weber 2)