Monaro Panthers pounce to pull off Canberra Olympic boilover

For weeks the Monaro Panthers have been knocking on the door for no answer.

Sam Roestbakken hopes they have just kicked it down with a stunning 3-1 win over Canberra Olympic in the Canberra Premier League at O'Connor Oval on Sunday.

Osman Daramy helped the Panthers to orchestrate a boilover. Picture: Jamila Toderas

Osman Daramy helped the Panthers to orchestrate a boilover. Picture: Jamila Toderas

Josh Gulevski scored a brace and Mikey Rinaudo found the back of the net once to help the Panthers over the line in a confidence-boosting win over a Capital Football heavyweight.

"We came out playing as a collective. We definitely showed more fight and we showed what we are capable of," Roestbakken said.

"In past weeks I think we were there, but we just had patches that couldn't get us over the line. This week we put in a full 90 [minute] effort and a full team effort all over the park. We've all fought hard and wanted it.

"We've been knocking and I feel like our performances have been there, but they just haven't been there for the full 90. We just have 10 or 15 minutes within a game where we have given it away and for the rest of it we play good.

"That will give us a lot of confidence, knowing we can outplay a top opposition team within the 90 minutes and we can really keep it going and fight for one another."

Monaro Panthers players celebrate their boilover against Canberra Olympic. Picture: Jamila Toderas

Monaro Panthers players celebrate their boilover against Canberra Olympic. Picture: Jamila Toderas

As rapt as the playing group is, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone as happy with the win as Monaro coach Jimmy Kanaridis - he got home from Europe on game day to steer his troops to triumph.

The timing of his return was fitting, because Kanaridis will be the first to tell you that "if you lay down [against Olympic] they're just going to tear you apart".

"They can hurt you at any stage. I told them, 'I accept nothing but perfection to win this game', and they did it for me so I was pleased," Kanaridis said.

"I know deep down they've got the ability to be a part of the top half of the competition."