Lapses in concentration almost cost Canberra Olympic dearly but it held on to beat Tuggeranong United 4-3 in the men's premier league at O'Connor Enclosed yesterday.
Olympic coach Dean Ugrinic had a nervous final 20 minutes after Matthew Menser scored directly from a corner to bring the visitors back into the game.
Ugrinic felt his young side had plenty of opportunities to kill the game off but was unable to do so.
Hristijan Tanoski scored two brilliant individual goals in the first half - the first a long-range strike from outside the box and the second beating three or four players before putting the ball away - before Robbie Schroder made it 3-0 to Olympic on the stroke of half-time.
Tim Anderson pulled a goal back for United before Olympic recruit Justin Selkirk scrambled the ball home to seemingly give his side an unassailable 4-1 lead with less than 30 minutes remaining.
''From my perspective I thought 3-0 [at half-time] flattered them and then in the second half, as we're prone to doing … [we showed] a lack of concentration without the ball and we gave them a sniff, and with Tuggeranong they never give up and that's to their credit,'' Ugrinic said.
He was impressed with his two-goal hero Tanoski, while recruit Nikola Taneski and Oliver Wiederkehr also caught the coach's eye.
''There was no doubt that Hristijan Tanoski was our best player,'' he said. ''He got two [goals,] he assisted with the third, he was very dominant.''
''I thought our new signing Nik Taneski was dynamic and Oli Wiederkehr again played really well, just lightning, did some really good stuff for us.''
Olympic has a tough week ahead, travelling to Sydney to play Mt Druitt Town Rangers in the knockout Waratah Cup on Wednesday night before returning to action in the premier league against the Panthers Monaro on Sunday.
''It's going to be a tough week but it's good,'' Ugrinic said.
''The guys are really enjoying the challenge of mid-week games as well as our local games.''