A weary Tuggeranong United will take on Canberra FC on Saturday less than 48 hours after booking its first Federation Cup final berth in 13 years.
It took more than 120 minutes and a penalty shootout before captain Matt Menser slotted the decisive goal to eliminate Woden Valley in Thursday night's semi-final at the Hawker Football Centre.
With United out of finals contention and languishing second-last on the Canberra National Premier League ladder, the remaining games will be used as preparation for the knockout decider against the Cooma Tigers on August 28.
United last made the Federation Cup in 2000 and will be aiming to lift the cup for the first time since 1994.
Menser admitted he was unsure how his side would back up at Kambah against the league leader.
''The hardest thing is we played 120 minutes, so it's about how we recover,'' he said.
''The attitude and the enthusiasm will be there, it's just the energy levels heading in after backing up will be the test for everyone.
''Everyone's playing for a position to play in that final, so it should help us in the normal season.''
United proved in back-to-back Federation Cup victories against Canberra Olympic and Woden Valley, both in the top four in the league, that it can trouble the best teams in the competition.
After neither side could find the net in regulation and half an hour of extra time, Menser stepped up to take the final shot with it locked up at two goals each.
''It's just a bit of relief that I didn't miss,'' he said. ''I was pretty nervous; I just didn't want to let all the guys down for how hard they worked all game.''
Canberra FC will be hoping United is less than full strength as it looks to maintain its two-point lead at the top of the table.
In Sunday's fixtures, second-placed Belconnen United faces a tricky assignment against the AIS, Woden Valley will be looking to bounce back when it hosts Canberra City, and the Monaro Panthers entertain Canberra Olympic.
The Cooma Tigers have the bye.