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Woden Valley turns away penalty in amazing sportsmanship

It was an amazing piece of sportsmanship you rarely see in a first-grade football game.

With his team trailing 1-0 in its Canberra National Premier League game with Cooma Tigers on Sunday, Woden Valley striker Lukas Cole walked up to take a penalty to put his side on level terms.

But instead of blasting it into the back of the net, Cole rolled it along the ground to the Tigers goalkeeper after play was allowed to continue despite there being an injured player on the pitch.

The Tigers went on to win the game 3-1, and coach Gaby Wilk was quick to praise Woden Valley for its attitude.

"That was a great thing they did and shows the way they play the game,'' Wilk said. 

"It was played in the right spirit and I must commend them for how they handled themselves.''


Woden Valley coach Mitch Stevens lauded his players for making the right decision.

"It was massive with how the game was placed, but that's the type of morals these guys have,'' Stevens said. 

"Five or six of the guys were quick to put their hands up when the penalty was awarded and said it wasn't right. Any loss is tough to take, but I can't fault the guys for their attitude.''

Cole scored the only goal for Woden Valley, while Robbie Cattanach had a double and Stephen Domenici scored the other for the Tigers.

The result moves the Tigers up to fourth on the table, seven points behind co-leaders Canberra FC and Belconnen United (13 each), which played out an enthralling 2-all draw on Saturday.

Tuggeranong United has rocketed up to third spot on nine points after a tense 2-1 win against the Monaro Panthers at Kambah.

Meanwhile, Canberra Olympic has dropped to fifth place on six points after going down 2-1 to the Football Federation Australia Centre of Excellence at the AIS.

Canberra National Premier League: Cooma Tigers 3 bt Woden Valley 1; Tuggeranong United 2 bt Monaro Panthers 1; FFA Centre of Excellence 2 bt Canberra Olympic 1.