Tuggeranong United 3 Cooma Tigers 2
Federation Cup: Tuggeranong v Cooma
Tuggeranong players and fans celebrate Matt Menser's 14th-minute goal. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
It took 120 minutes, but Tuggeranong United has ended its 19-year drought for silverware.
Substitute Danny Moutrey was the hero, his header in the final minute of the first period of extra time delivering an enthralling win in Wednesday night's Federation Cup against the Cooma Tigers.
United lifted the trophy for the first time since 1994 and the victory came despite its being in contention for the wooden spoon in the Canberra National Premier League.
''I'm stoked mate, it's too good,'' Moutrey said.
United conceded twice in an 11-minute period in the second half to fall behind, before captain Matt Menser rifled home his second to level the scores.
The full-time whistle at Deakin Stadium signalled mass celebrations as United players embraced their success-starved fans.
''It means everything,'' United coach Martin Lategui said.
''This team has struggled a bit this year, but I know they can play.''
The Tigers went in as firm favourites to win their inaugural Federation Cup.
But last year's Canberra NPL grand final winners were stunned when Menser launched a 25-metre thunderbolt into the top corner of the net to open the scoring after 14 minutes.
Tigers goalkeeper Tom Barton - filling in for the suspended Francois Bangweni - had no chance of stopping it but pulled out a beauty to deny Menser on the half-hour mark.
The Tigers had another golden chance to level before the break, but Stephen Domenici's shot hit the post.
In the 67th minute, a lovely chip from Robbie Cattanach levelled the scores.
The Tigers continued to press, and deservedly hit the front for the first time through a powerful strike from Iain Elliott in the 78th minute.
Joy turned to despair barely two minutes later with Menser showing delicate touch to control a cross and slot home the equaliser.
TUGGERANONG UNITED 3 (Matt Menser 14' 80', Danny Moutrey 105') bt COOMA TIGERS 2 (Robbie Cattanach 67', Iain Elliott 78') in extra-time at Deakin Stadium on Wednesday night.