Soccer: Cooma Tigers FC use points deduction as motivation in ACT National Premier League
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Soccer: Cooma Tigers FC use points deduction as motivation in ACT National Premier League

Cooma Tigers FC are using their points deduction for playing too many overseas players as motivation for winning back to back ACT National Premier League league championships.

And there could be more punishment handed down to rivals before the end of the season, with Capital Football close to announcing the results of an audit of every team's playing roster.

Cooma Tigers FC striker Goran Josifovski says the club is using its points deduction as motivation.

Cooma Tigers FC striker Goran Josifovski says the club is using its points deduction as motivation.Credit:Melissa Adams

Despite being penalised three points for a breach of the playing regulations, Tigers FC are on top of the table ahead of Saturday's clash with Gungahlin United at the AIS grass fields.

Tigers FC were found guilty of fielding three visa-restricted players in a game earlier this season when each club is only allowed two.

Other clubs may have breached the rules, with some confusion whether New Zealand-born players are classed as counting towards the visa quota.

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Tigers FC vice-captain Goran Josifovski said the club was after consistency in applying the rules across every team.

"The only club that has been penalised has been Cooma, but there are potential breaches at other clubs," Josifovski said.

"It would be fantastic to have our points back, and if we can't have our points back, all we want is fairness in application of the rules across every team. It's a source of motivation for the club. We know if we win every game, we're champions."

Tigers FC are on an eight-game winning streak in the NPL and haven't lost since going down 2-0 to Belconnen United on May 2.

Their only defeat overall since then was a 3-0 loss to Gungahlin United in the FFA Cup qualifying semi-finals.

Gungahlin United went on to defeat Belconnen United in the FFA Cup qualifying final and book itself a spot in the main draw.

It will host Sydney Olympic at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval on Tuesday night, which is why this weekend's game has been moved forward by 24 hours.

With the way the draw is shaping up, the league championship could be decided in the final game when Cooma takes on Canberra FC.

But Josifovski said there was plenty to happen before then given his team's difficult run home.

"We treat every game as a final," he said.

"For us, we've got four hard games to go and we're playing possibly the top four teams in the competition.

"We don't know what will happen when we get to the Canberra FC game, but it's shaping up to be an important one."

ACT NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE

Saturday: Gungahlin United v Tigers FC at AIS grass fields; Woden Weston FC v Belconnen United at Woden Park. Both 3pm.

Sunday: Canberra Olympic v Canberra FC at O'Connor Enclosed; Monaro Panthers v FFA Centre of Excellence at Riverside Stadium. Both 3pm. Bye: Tuggeranong United.