Canberra City v Belconnen United
United player Dave Arranz and City player Matt Rice in action. Photo: Jamila Toderas
The formalities have been dealt with and the scene is set for the match of the Capital Premier League season so far, when undefeated sides Canberra FC and Belconnen United lock horns next week.
The heavyweights prepared for the match in impressive fashion with massive round-five wins on Sunday.
The Blue Devils dismissed Canberra City 7-1 in clinical fashion at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval. Dustin Wells scored a hat-trick and Michael Taurasi a double as Belconnen moved to a maximum 12 premiership points from its first four games.
Canberra FC also showed its attacking potency with a 6-1 demolition of the Football Federation of Australia Centre of Excellence, Daniel Bennett finishing with four goals.
Belconnen United coach Dean Ugrinic insisted the club wasn't viewing the Canberra FC stoush as a virtual six-pointer. But he admitted they needed to find a way to negate the lightning speed of FC's front third if they were to keep the pressure on the competition leaders.
FC has now scored 30 goals in five matches.
''I think it's too early in the season to say it's a six-point game or it will dictate the title race, but it's a chance to get an edge,'' Ugrinic said.
''They're very quick up front and their front three or four are pretty deadly.''
Elsewhere, a four-goal clinic from Robbie Cattanach allowed Cooma to bounce back from two defeats to begin its title defence with a 4-0 home win over Tuggeranong United.
A Lukas Cole first-half brace also allowed Woden Valley to beat Canberra Olympic 2-0 and leapfrog them into third place on the table.