Tuggies giant-killers


Article courtesy of Capital Football

Sunday 14th August
Tigers FC 0 Tuggeranong United 1 (Andrew Slavich 78’)
(Nijong Oval)

Advantage Canberra Olympic. A goal twelve minutes from time, slotted in confidently by Tuggeranong United forward Andrew Slavich, dashed Tigers FC hopes of keeping the destiny of the League Championship title in their hands on a dramatic day in the PS4 NPL competition.

Slavich’s seventh league goal of the season for Tuggeranong could yet turn out to be the most important, but perhaps not the way in which the summer recruit from Woden-Weston FC expected. It settled a contest on a day in which Tigers FC held the aces heading into Matchday 18 knowing a win would heap pressure on Olympic to score a big victory over Monaro Panthers and then back-up by defeating FFA COE next week.

As it was the Tigers, shorn of a host of big names through unavailability, gave first starts of the season to youngsters Zac Schoon and Michael Kita whilst Ala Mobedi and Hussein Fureje were drafted into the line-up in a makeshift back four that looked vulnerable throughout. Tigers however, could still boast the league’s leading scorers in Stephen Domenici and Nicolas Abot, despite the absence of Daniel Barac, but some outstanding defensive displays denied them a crucial goal.

Josh Lagudah in the Tuggeranong goal made a number of vital stops and was ably assisted by Aiodan Beatman, a rock in the heart of the Tuggeranong defence. With a game-plan that worked a treat Tuggeranong claimed their biggest win of the season. But it was one that has been brewing for a number of weeks. Unlucky not to defeat Canberra FC on their own patch earlier in the season, Tuggeranong have been promising a big performance for a while now.

Unfortunately for title-chasing Tigers FC they chose Sunday for that to come to fruition. There’s still a hope for Gaby Wilk and his team. They lead on goal difference and, if the FFA COE who were mightily impressive in downing Belconnen United 4-0 on the weekend, can claim a win at the AIS, Tigers FC will be crowned Champions. For now though, they must sit and wait.

Tigers FC: 1. Jakob COLE, 2. Ala MOBEDI, 3. Hussein FUREJE, 4. Jared TONINI, 5. Dejan SANTRAC, 7. Julian BORGNA, 8. Jeremias IBARRA, 9. Zac SCHOON, 10. Nicolas ABOT, 11. Michael KITA, 17. Stephen DOMENICI
Substitutes used: 15. Joshua ROLFE
Tuggeranong United: 1. Josh LAGUDAH, 2. Cameron DOHERTY, 3. Dom SZRAKITY, 5. Jacob AYUEL, 6. Aiodan BEATMAN, 7. Nikolaos KALFAS, 8. Daniel ROBERTS, 10. Emilio KISTA, 13. Tim ANDERSON, 14. Andrew SLAVICH, 15. Liam HIGHMORE
Substitutes used: 11. Marco GAYER
YELLOW CARDS: 1. Jakob COLE, 5. Dejan SANTRAC, 8. Jeremias IBARRA, 9. Zac SCHOON, 17. Stephen DOMENICI (Tigers FC)