RECENTLY crowned ACT Premer League champions Canberra FC will return to Deakin Stadium for a coronation party at Deakin Stadium on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Monaro Panthers.
Canberra FC will head into the clash safe in the knowledge they have already secured the club's 21st league championship on the back of a 7-2 demolition of the Cooma Tigers last weekend.
Ominiously for the rest of the competition, Canberra played some of the best football they have done all season against Cooma.
Heading into the finals they will be full of confidence with a squad that has plenty of depth and players that can play in a number of positions champing at the bit to prove they should be in the starting line-up for next weekend’s semi-final.
The Panthers will be out to spoil the homecoming however, and Njegosh Popovich and his team do have the potential to spring what would be a major surprise.
The Queanbeyan based club has been a real Jekyll and Hyde package this season with last week’s round 24 loss at home to Canberra City showcasing their worst side.
There are lots of youngsters with bags of quality in their squad, in particular ten-goal Pepe Varga whose double figures are an excellent return for a splendid season.
FC will enter as favourites and with a happy and celebratory crowd behind them will be keen to put on a show.
Canberra FC: 1. Adam PERAKOVIC, 3. Aaron EVANS, 4. Adam AL-ADHAMI, 5. Julian BORGNA, 6. Ryan KEIR, 7. Marcin ZYGMUNT, 9. Philippe BERNABO, 10. Domenic GIAMPAOLO, 11. Ivan PAVLAK, 12. Nathan EVANS, 13. Daniel BENNETT, 17. Aiden BRUNSKILL, 20. James FIELD, 99. Alex OLORIEGBE
Monaro Panthers: 1. James BRADBURY, 2. Sam OSSATO, 3. Jake STEIN, 4. Jonathan REIS, 5. Tom CROSSLEY, 8. Tom MCLACHLAN, 9. Pepe VARGA, 10. Tim WOMACK, 11. Jon TOOLE, 12. Danny BYRNE, Josh CALABRIA, 13. Adrian CANIZARES, 15. Tyson COTTAM, 17. Sam LAVELLA, 20. Andrew ALIFFI, 22. Darian MCGARRY-WATSON