Canberra FC get back on treble track with Tigers thumping
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Canberra FC get back on treble track with Tigers thumping

Canberra FC coach Paul Macor isn't thinking about the treble. Not just yet anyway.

His team cruised through to the Canberra premier league grand final with a 5-0 thumping of Cooma at Deakin on Saturday.

It means they could add the championship to the league title they won as minor premiers, plus they won the Cup as well.

Canberra FC celebrate Matthew Waters' opening goal.

Canberra FC celebrate Matthew Waters' opening goal.Credit:Jamila Toderas

But with 20 minutes left they only led the Tigers 1-0 and it could've gone either way, with Cooma striker Nicholas Villafane producing a thunderous free kick that only a brilliant Jordan Thurtell save prevented from being an equaliser.

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From there though it was all one way traffic, with the home side scoring four times in 18 minutes to set up a date with Canberra Olympic in the grand final at Deakin Stadium next Saturday.

It will be the fifth time the two teams have met this season, with honours even so far.

Olympic won their last encounter 5-3 in the major semi-final.

But FC could be without midfielder Ryan Keir, who re-injured his quadriceps muscle and didn't return after half-time.

"I'm not thinking about the treble to be honest. Olympic is going to be hard. They've probably been the in-form team in the last six games," Macor said.

"They beat us last week 5-3 so we've just got to think about next week's game tomorrow and then we'll go from there."

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Canberra FC opened the scoring in the 27th minute when a lovely Thomas James pass found Matthew Waters free on the left and he calmly slotted it past Tigers goalkeeper Cody Nash.

Nash was a standout for the visitors, producing a string of fine saves throughout the game.

But he found himself under siege, especially after Cooma coach Gaby Wilks made some changes to chase the game in the final 20 minutes - taking off a defender and bringing on an extra attacker.

Changes the mentor admitted didn't work.

"When I did a few changes everything changed. The plan no work," Wilks said.

"It is very hard when you haven't lost for 11 games. It's not easy. The boys do very well for the last 11 weeks. The confidence was there.

"It's a final, they were the best team and they played much better than us and deserved to win. Simple.

"I'm missing a few players too. But I'm very happy with what the boys have done [this season]."

James doubled Canberra FC's lead with 18 minutes left, before former A-League forward Kofi Danning produced a nice turn in the penalty box then lashed the ball home.

FC striker Michael Mensah put in a powerful shift up forward.

FC striker Michael Mensah put in a powerful shift up forward.Credit:Jamila Toderas

Canberra FC were awarded a penalty for a foul on James, that he calmly slotted past Nash, and the rout was complete with Danning's second, in injury time.

"I always feel once we get an early goal we are the dominant team, because the last couple of weeks we've conceded some silly goals and then we've taken a backward step," Macor said.

AT A GLANCE

Canberra FC 5 (Matthew Waters 27, Thomas James 72, 85, Kofi Danning 80, 91) bt Cooma Tigers 0

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.