Tigers charge to the top

Glen Cable playing for Cooma Tigers controls the ball away from a determined opponent, Caleb Cullen-Rua.

Glen Cable playing for Cooma Tigers controls the ball away from a determined opponent, Caleb Cullen-Rua.

Cooma Tigers roared to the top of the National Premier Leagues: Capital Football league ladder as they saw off the visiting Monaro Panthers with a 5-2 win at Nijong Oval.

The Tigers knew that the three points would send them top of the pile and they duly obliged taking the game to Monaro and leading 3-0 at the interval to virtually ensure top spot by the half-time whistle.

The hosts took the lead in the 24th minute as livewire Stephen Domenici netted his first of the afternoon and it wasn't long before they were celebrating a second as Julian Borgna made it 2-0 only eight minutes later. Cooma has been in superb form of recent weeks and wrapped up a ninth win in succession when Domenici gabbed his second, and tenth of the campaign, just before half-time.

It was much better second half performance from Monaro who fought back into the contest when Darian McGarry-Watson reduced the deficit ten minutes after the resumption, but that only kicked Cooma up another gear and Jordan Lando, summoned from the substitutes bench, restored the three-goal lead with eighteen minutes left on the clock.

Josh Calabria then brought Monaro back to 2-4 but the leaders had the last laugh when Borgna notched his second of the day and completed a 5-2 win with the Tigers run showing no sign of stopping.

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