FFA Cup journey ends…for now

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Our Tuggies men took us on an exciting Westfield FFA Cup run this year, making the local semi finals for the third time in four seasons, but ultimately falling short despite a brave battle against Tigers FC on Wednesday night in front a a large crowd at Woden Park.  Great effort lads, we’re very proud and can’t wait until our next FFA Cup campaign.

Match report below is courtesy of Capital Football.

Wednesday 8th June 2016
Tigers FC 4 (Nicolas Abot 24’, 65’, 67’, Alan Gaston 29’) Tuggeranong United 1 (Marco Gayer 81’)

By Ahmed Jbeili

Tigers FC is through to the Westfield FFA Cup Qualifying Final after beating Tuggeranong United 4-1 at Woden Park on Tuesday night. A hat-trick by Nicolas Abot, and a goal by Alan Gaston, sends the PS4 NPL leaders through to next week’s Final. The former Westfield FFA Cup Qualifying finalists Tuggeranong put up a good fight early on but were outclassed by the Tigers in the end.

The action didn’t take long to get going with Tigers FC almost scoring in the first minute of the match. A long ball from defender Hussein Fureje found striker Stephen Domenici whose shot was just blocked in time by Tuggers defender Cameron Doherty. Tuggers hit back two minutes later with Andrew Slavich trying an ambitious long shot that chipped Tigers goalkeeper Jakob Cole, only just going wide of the post.

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Tigers FC were controlling a lot of the ball early on with attackers Julian Borgna and Abot looking dangerous every time they got the ball. Abot could’ve opened the scoring in the 15th minute, just missing the goal after a lovely cross in by Gaston. Tuggers were not backing down early and were very unlucky not to score through attacker Nikolaos Kalfas who had only keeper Cole to beat and hit the post. Against the run of play, Tigers FC went on to open the scoring in the 23rd minute thanks to Abot. Domenici chipped the ball over the defence to the Argentinean striker, who slotted in a beautiful volley to put Tigers up by one. It was unfortunate for Tuggeranong, as they had momentum going forward on the break and looked more likely of the two of finding the opening goal.

It got worse for Tuggers as the Tigers made it 2-0 in the 29th minute thanks to a Gaston goal. The defender headed home at the back post connecting firmly with an Abot corner. Tigers might not have looked convincing so far in the first half but they definitely capitalised on their opportunities, whereas Tuggers will be annoyed ending the half not scoring after having so many chances.

The second half started brightly for Tuggeranong, attackers Tim Anderson and Kalfas on the counterattack looked like the most promising outlet. Despite gaining some momentum going forward, Tuggers still couldn’t break through the Tigers strong defence. All the Tuggers hard work pushing forward was ruined in the 65th minute when Abot netted his second goal of the game. Winger Daniel Barac had a storming run forward and had his shot saved by Tuggers keeper Costa Fallas and Abot scored from the rebound.

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All hopes of a Tuggeranong comeback ended only two minutes later when Abot scored again to complete his hat-trick in the 67th minute. The striker scored a header after a sublime cross in by Domenici from the right wing. Abot has now scored six goals in his last two games in the Westfield FFA Cup Qualifiers. Tuggers substitute Marco Gayer scored a superb long distance goal in the 81st minute but it was too little too late as the game ended 4-1 to Tigers FC. The former FFA Cup finalists Tuggeranong will be disappointed with the result as they had plenty of opportunities to score but just couldn’t capitalise on their chances. Tigers will be a force to be reckoned with as the club has yet to taste defeat and with strikers Nicolas Abot and Stephen Domenici in red hot form, it will be difficult for any side to beat the Tigers this season.

Tigers FC: 22. Jakob COLE, 2. Nahuel GUERRERO, 3. Hussein FUREJE, 4. Milan POPOVICH, 5. Dejan SANTRAC, 7. Goran JOSIFOVSKI (6. Jared TONINI 79’), 8. Julian BORGNA (11. Jeremias IBARRA 69’), 9. Daniel BARAC, 12. Alan GASTON, 14. Nicolas ABOT, 17. Stephen DOMENICI (10. Alex OLOREIGBE 74’)
Substitutes not used: 15. Brad MOORE, 1. Francois BANGWENI
Tuggeranong United: 1. Costa FALLAS 2. Cameron DOHERTY, 3. Domenic COLUCCIELLO (8. Daniel ROBERTS 71’), 4. Sam SHADBOLT (6. Aiodan BEATMAN 32’), 5. Nick FAUST, 7. Nikolaos KALFAS, 9. Aaron CASHMAN, 10. Emilio KISTA, 13. Tim ANDERSON (11. Marco GAYER 71’), 14. Andrew SLAVICH, 15. Liam HIGHMORE
Substitutes not used: 20. Tom BARTON
YELLOW CARDS: 12. Alan GASTON (Tigers FC)
RED CARDS: Nil