Cooma FC was proud to have both of its senior teams finish second in the competition and as a result, secure a place in the major semi-final. The match was the Tigers’ opportunity to play in the 2012 grand final. Unfortunately, only one of the two came through. The Cooma premiers now sit on the podium waiting for their next rival to appear.
First grand final in six years
A double from Goran Josifovski has sent Cooma Tigers to their first grand final in six years as the visitors knocked off League Champions Belconnen United on their own turf at McKellar Park. The Tigers midfield maestro did the damage in the second stanza to consign the Blue Devils to a preliminary final clash at Hawker Football Centre next weekend. With a grand final place at stake the opening exchanges of the match were predictably tense and tight with neither side able to stamp
their authority on proceedings and a typical finals series midfield battle ensuing. Alex Oloriegbe was his usual busy self in attack for the Tigers. But, such was the reputation of the attacking talent on show that chances were few and far between with the respective defences alert to any potential danger. Alex Castro went close with a driven cross-shot in the 28th minute that had Rowan
Shepherd at full stretch in the Belconnen goal as Cooma upped the ante however it was the hosts that broke the deadlock three minutes before the interval. There was a potential flashpoint shortly afterwards as Oloriegbe went down in an off the ball incident sparking a bout of pushing and shoving that resulted in a yellow card for Tigers shotstopper Francis Bangweni, cautioned for dissent for his disagreement with the challenge on his team mate, bringing a tepid opening half to a fiery conclusion.
The Blue Devils almost added to their lead within minutes of the re-start when Wells capitalised on a Bangweni error but saw his poked effort hit the underside of the bar and away to safety. That let-off seemed to spur on the Tigers who bounced back up the other end to level matters in the 54th minute. Oloriegbe was the catalyst turning in the after burners to streak down the flank and cut the ball back for Josifovski to neatly turn the ball into the net.
The Blue Devils returned in kind with a break that left full back Milan Popovich in the unaccustomed position of centre-forward but his lob faded just wide of the upright. With time running out and the match heading towards extra-time, Cooma struck again, and it was Josifovski who did it. Collecting a pass the midfielder feinted his way into a shooting position before curling a beauty past Shepherd and into the far corner to send the Tigers marching on to the big dance.
One more chance for Pathways
A five goal second half blast, including three in just 180 seconds, took Canberra FC past Cooma Tigers on a blustery afternoon at McKellar Park and into the loop Premier Pathway League grand final with a 5-1 success. And, despite as convincing as the end score-line may appear, Canberra FC was made to work hard by the Tigers who fell afoul of three minutes of madness.
The match got off to a barnstorming start as Cooma Tigers took the lead after only six minutes through a disputed penalty. A defensive error allowed Jair Wilk to control the ball in the box and, as he attempted to bring it to ground, he was bundled over by the covering defence.
After consulting his assistant the referee awarded the spot kick which Jeremias Ibarra, Cooma’s dead ball expert, confidently dispatched past Jakob Cole to give the Tigers the advantage.
But Cooma could not keep a cool head. They ended up conceding five goals, and losing 5-1.
This unexpected result sent the Tigers to the preliminary final match where they will fight with Belconnen for a second chance to reach the grand final.