Sunday, April 7, 2013

Tigers repeat the dose with fighting win

Cooma 2 Belconnen 1

Cooma's Jair Wilk, right, scored the match-winner on the hour mark.

Cooma's Jair Wilk, right, scored the match-winner on the hour mark. Photo: Melissa Adams

DIFFERENT year, different ground, but the same result.

The Cooma Tigers replicated their grand final success with a 2-1 win against Belconnen United at Nijong Oval on Saturday.

It was an identical scoreline to the one which secured the Tigers the silverware last year after the Blue Devils had claimed the league championship.

While the 2012 grand final was decided with a thrilling winner in injury time, the Tigers collected all three points on this occasion courtesy of Jair Wilk's goal in the 60th minute.

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Tigers coach Gaby Wilk lauded the performance of his understrength team in the absence of six regulars and feeling the effects of their second game in five days.

''We shouldn't be made to play that often, so I'm happy we were able to get the result,'' Wilk said.

''The senior guys really stood up today and never stopped making an impact. Belconnen were missing a few players as well, but we know they're always a tough team to beat.''

The Tigers recorded their third win from four National Premier League Canberra games this season, bouncing back from Tuesday night's shock 1-0 defeat to Woden Valley.

For the Blue Devils, they find themselves with just three points from a possible 12 to start their title defence.

Robbie Cattanach gave the Tigers the perfect start when he opened the scoring after 15 minutes, only for Michael Taurisi to equalise eight minutes later. Wilk showed sharp reflexes to follow up a Cattanach free kick, which was parried away from the Blue Devils' 'keeper.

Round four concludes on Sunday when Canberra FC and Olympic will be favoured to beat Woden and Canberra City, while Monaro Panthers host Tuggeranong United.

The women's National Premier League also kicks off, with defending league champion Belconnen United at home to ANU in the match of the round.

Meanwhile, the Young Matildas will face an under-20 South Korean team in three games at the AIS next week.

The games on April 14 and April 20 are open to the public.


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