A valuable draw with Canberra FC


Article courtesy of Capital Football

Tuggeranong United 2 (Nikolaos Kalfas 15’, Andrew Slavich 25’) Canberra FC 2 (Josip Jadric 30’, Thomas James 47’)
(Kambah 2) 

Canberra FC came from two goals behind to earn a point in an exciting 2-2 draw with Tuggeranong United at Kambah 2. The result, whilst probably being a fair reflection of the encounter, indicates just how far Tuggeranong have come from the dark days of 2015 as they recorded a fifth point of the season and have suffered only one defeat in four starts this season. They started like a house on fire in this one, taking the game to their opponents with Emilio Kista and Aaron Cashman dominating the midfield exchanges. It was therefore no surprise when United took the lead on the quarter hour mark. A ranging pass encouraged Nikolaos Kalfas to challenge Jordan Lamb and the Greek star won the battle, advancing to lash a brilliant shot across the face of Rory Larkin’s goal and into the far corner. That gave Tuggeranong a huge injection of belief and they doubled their lead in the 25th minute. Kalfas was again heavily involved, standing up his marker before jinking into the area and squaring for Andrew Slavich. There was still much to do but Slavich took aim and blasted a shot that proved too good for Larkin, bouncing over the prostrate Canberra FC goalkeeper and into the net. Shortly after Kista clobbered the outside of the post with a vicious effort as Tuggeranong were on top. FC hit back though with a quality goal of their own. The pace of Josip Jadric was always a threat to Tuggeranong and the winger got goal side on the half-hour and executed a perfect lob over the advancing Costa Fallas to halve the deficit. Thomas James and Ryan Keir then went close for FC as the half ended with Tuggeranong deservedly ahead. It took the visiting team just 55 seconds to level matters up in the second half as an intricately work move allowed Ian Graham to burst into the area. His shot was well stuck but Fallas was equal to the task, beating the ball away, only for it to fall kindly to James who tapped in his second goal of the season into the gaping goal despite the best efforts of the covering defenders. That goal set the tone for much of the second half as FC pressed for a winner but Tuggeranong weren’t without opportunities themselves and Kista sent an acrobatic volley over after a slick counter-attack whilst Daniel Roberts blasted over from the edge of the box. FC had the final chance of the game in the dying stages when James appeared to tumble over a challenge inside the area but, despite strong protests from the FC players, the officials waved the incident away and the match ended as a well fought, and fair, draw.

Tuggeranong United: 12. Costa FALLAS, 2. Cameron DOHERTY, 4. Sam SHADBOLT, 6. Sean KIDDEY, 7. Nikoloas KALFAS, 8. Daniel ROBERTS, 9. Aaron CASHMAN, 10. Emilio KISTA, 14. Andrew SLAVICH, 15. Liam HIGHMORE, 16. Eddie COGGAN
Substitutes used: 3. Jonathan REIS, 5. Nick FAUST, 13. Tim ANDERSON
Canberra FC: 1. Rory LARKIN, 5. Izach CLEMENTS, 6. Ryan KEIR, 7. 8. Ian GRAHAM, 9. Thomas JAMES, 10. Dominic GIAMPAOLO, 14. Josip JADRIC, 15. Jordan LAMB, 17. Aidan BRUNSKILL, 19. Michael MENSAH, 21. Nikola BARISIC
Substitutes used: 13. Kye EDWARDS, 18. Misko NAUMOSKI
YELLOW CARDS: 2. Cameron DOHERTY, 14. Liam HIGHMORE (Tuggeranong United), 9. Thomas JAMES (Canberra FC)
RED CARDS: 19. Michael MENSAH (Canberra FC)