Their season began with an open door and a blank pile of transfer papers.
Today Gungahlin United sit on the cusp of the Canberra Premier League finals despite being docked six competition points before a ball was kicked.
Gungahlin reaffirmed their status as one of Capital Football's most dominant teams with a 3-0 shutout over the Cooma Tigers at AIS Synthetic Oval on Sunday.
Sam Habtemariam knocked a deflection into the back of the net to open the scoring in the ninth minute before two goals in three minutes during the second half put the result beyond doubt.
It is a remarkable turnaround given Gungahlin coach Marcial Munoz had offered his players a way out at the start of the season after starting well below ground zero.
They opted to stay and fight - and they have made no shortage of serious statements along the way.
The win takes them to 28 competition points and inadvertently sets up a premiership showdown between Cooma and Canberra Olympic on the final day of the regular season next week.
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Cooma's defeat leaves their hopes of a Capital Football treble in jeopardy as Olympic set their sights on claiming the league leader's trophy.
Olympic sit at the top of the table heading into the final round of the regular season having overtaken Federation Cup winners Cooma on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Tuggeranong United claimed a 2-0 triumph over Woden-Weston at Greenway.