League champions crumble

Tigers players swarm the opposition. Photos: Capital Football.

Tigers players swarm the opposition. Photos: Capital Football.

Cooma Tigers coach and players watching on from the sideline.

Cooma Tigers coach and players watching on from the sideline.

Belconnen United celebrate a goal.

Belconnen United celebrate a goal.

Belconnen United cruised into the National Premier Leagues: Capital Football Grand Final on the back of a scintillating half of football at McKellar Park as they defeated the League Champions Cooma Tigers, ending their 14 game unbeaten run, with a stunning 6-0 win.

The result gave the Blue Devils a measure of revenge for their capitulation in the league decider at Nijong Oval a fortnight ago and was achieved by blowing their opponents off the park in the opening 45 minutes.

Belconnen took the lead in the ninth minute via a superb free-kick from Tom McLachlan, the midfielder curling his effort over the wall and into the net off the underside of the crossbar. If that was the perfect start it was to get even better just fix minutes later.

Belconnen were speedy in their transition and, after McLachlan saw a shot blocked, they worked the ball into space for Jason Ugrinic who crunched a low shot across Jack Pettit and into the bottom corner. Cooma was shell-shocked and it got worse for Gaby Wilk and his team in the 39th minute.

Ugrinic, full of confidence, cut infield and fired a shot from distance that carried accuracy and venom and bounced past the flailing Pettit.

The tie was secured virtually on half-time as the Blue Devils had a fourth, Marty Raines, who has added an extra level to the forward line since returning from injury, making it 4-0 at half-time.

The second half brought much of the same as Belconnen created chance after chance.

Pettit stood tall to deny McLachlan and substitute Goran Mukevski in quick succession, with Jack Green blazing well over when clean through in between times. Mukevski was to get on the score sheet with thirteen minutes to play, taking a pass from McLachlan and planting an effort into the top corner.

In an incredibly open match there was also two missed penalties.

Stephen Domenici saw his effort saved by Ashley Collins, whilst Pettit replicated the feat at the other end to deny Ugrinic a hat-trick.

But Ugrinic wasn't to be denied for long, claiming his treble in stoppage time, to round out a superb Blue Devils performance.

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