It was a goal that belonged on the World Cup stage, but instead Robbie Deeley's wonder strike guided Canberra Olympic to a 1-0 victory over arch-rival Canberra FC at O'Connor on Sunday.
While Olympic remain fourth on the ladder, they are just one point behind ladder leaders FC, who were previously undefeated.
There is a log-jam at the top of the Canberra National Premier League ladder, with just one point separating the top five teams.
FC are on top on goal difference from Belconnen United, with Cooma, Olympic and Tuggeranong United all separated by the same one point behind.
Canberra FC had the chance to go 1-0 up themselves in the 67th minute when Philippe Bernabo-Madrid rounded Olympic keeper Angelo Konstantinou, but he could only put his shot into the side netting from a very tight angle.
From the resulting goal kick, the ball ended up with Deeley about 35 metres out and his thunder strike left FC goalie Jakob Cole with no chance as it rocketed into the top-left corner.
It was a cruel blow to Cole, who was one of the best on the park, as both keepers kept their respective teams in the game.
FC had numerous chances to equalise, with striker Alex Oloriegbe poking a one-on-one narrowly wide and substitute Adam Spaleta, making his first appearance of the season, hitting a speculative long-range effort that went just over.
"As soon as I hit it, I knew it was in," Deeley joked.
"It was a bit of a fluke to be honest. Just took a gamble and had a hit.
"I thought that one [Spaleta] hit was definitely going in, but it just sailed over. That was a bit lucky."
AT A GLANCE
Canberra Olympic 1 (Robbie Deeley 67) bt Canberra FC 0
Tuggeranong United 2 (Daniel Colbertaldo, Michael John) bt FFA Centre of Excellence 1 (Jamal Reiners)
Cooma 2 (Jordan Longo, Robbie Cattanach) bt Canberra City 1
Belconnen United 10 bt Monaro 1