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Meet Canberra's goal-scoring King from Colombia

 

He's a goal-scoring machine, has a fabulous name, was once a 'Football Superstar' and is a Western Sydney Wanderers fan.

 

And now, Colombia-born Philippe Bernabo-Madrid wants to spearhead his team Canberra Olympic into the Westfield FFA Cup quarter finals.

 

Canberra Olympic are enjoying the buzz of being winners in the Westfield FFA Cup but no more so than their star striker Philippe Bernabo-Madrid.

 

The main with the most exotic name in the competition is turning heads with his football and excellent goal-scoring ability in the nation’s capital.

 

This season alone the 24-year-old has scored 20 goals [15 in the league and five in the Cup] including four in one match in their recent 8-1 demolition of Woden.

 

And he was the match-winner in the club’s debut in the Westfield FFA Cup, the 1-0 triumph over Surfers Paradise Apollo in the Round of 32 on a typically icy night in the capital.

 

“I love scoring goals. That’s my job,” Bernabo-Madrid told www.theffacup.com.au.

 

“If I don’t score a goal in a game I’m one of those that thinks I haven’t had a good game.  If I score goals I feel I’ve done my job.”

 

 

 

Bernabo-Madrid’s story is as much about perseverance as it is about his football ability.

 

Having moved to Canberra from his native Bogota in Colombia when he was 15, he came through the Capital Football Academy before catching the eye with Canberra FC.

 

As one of the best young players in the ACT, he was even a part of the reality TV Show ‘Football Superstar’ on Foxtel back in 2010, where he met Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou.

 

But it was around that time Bernabo-Madrid suffered a serious knee injury, requiring a full reconstruction.

 

Unfortunately for the youngster, that surgery was unsuccessful meaning he had to go under the knife again less than 12 months later.

 

“It was devastating. That first time I was out for about a year-and-a-half all up,” Bernabo-Madrid explained.

 

“After that second surgery I came back feeling really good and playing some good football and then last year I did it again which meant a third surgery on my left knee. It was a really tough time.

 

“I went to Chile this time to get it done. There was no way I couldn’t not play football [anymore] so I just had to get back into it.

 

“Football is my life really. I really don’t do anything else than watch football, coach football and play football.”

 

As well as doing a degree in sports coaching and exercise science, Bernabo-Madrid mixes coaching the Canberra United under-12 academy and Canberra Olympic under-13s with his playing commitments.

 

And it’s obviously working as his goals has propelled Olympic to the cusp of the Capital Football title [they need one point from this weekend’s final match against the FFA Centre of Excellence] plus the last 16 of the FFA Cup.

 

 

 

“We have such a good team culture and we have a coach [Frank Cachia] that has brought a good bunch of guys together and we get along on the field and off the field,” Bernabo-Madrid said.

 

“We’ve got some really good players with a lot of experience and good young guys as well. It’s a combination of a lot of things, we’re a good team in terms of how we get along.”

 

A huge Western Sydney Wanderers fan, Bernabo-Madrid would love Olympic to progress to the last 16 and face Tony Popovic’s men in the quarters.

 

But first they need to get past giant-killers Redlands United, who bundled out Hyundai  A-League champions Adelaide United in the Round of 32.

 

“To beat the A-league champions they obviously have a good team and some really good players,” Bernabo-Madrid said of Redlands United.

 

“We’re going to have to have a very good game if we want to go through. But it’s definitely an advantage being at home. Hopefully that night it’s minus three with some snow.

 

“Going up to Queensland would have been fun for the team but playing at home with the crowd gives us a push and hopefully the push to get through.”

 

a-born Philippe Bernabo-Madrid wants to spearhead his team Canberra Olympic into the Westfield FFA Cup quarter finals.  Canberra Olympic are enjoying the buzz of being winners in the Westfield FFA Cup but no more so than their star striker Philippe Bernabo-Madrid. The main with the most exotic name in the competition is turning heads with his football and excellent goal-scoring ability in the nation’s capital. This season alone the 24-year-old has scored 20 goals [15 in the league and five in the Cup] including four in one match in their recent 8-1 demolition of Woden. And he was the match-winner in the club’s debut in the Westfield FFA Cup, the 1-0 triumph over Surfers Paradise Apollo in the Round o - See more at: http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/article/meet-canberra-olympics-goal-scoring-king-from-colombia-philippe-bernabo-madrid/1kzhx5iiqgwhj1jzo6znl2w6g0#sthash.q8TmhtQf.dpuf
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Read more at http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/article/meet-canberra-olympics-goal-scoring-king-from-colombia-philippe-bernabo-madrid/1kzhx5iiqgwhj1jzo6znl2w6g0#CWoac1VFZMKWq1iZ.99He's a goal-scoring machine, has a fabulous name, was once a 'Football Superstar' and is a Western Sydney Wanderers fan.

And now, Colombia-born Philippe Bernabo-Madrid wants to spearhead his team Canberra Olympic into the Westfield FFA Cup quarter finals.

Canberra Olympic are enjoying the buzz of being winners in the Westfield FFA Cup but no more so than their star striker Philippe Bernabo-Madrid.

The main with the most exotic name in the competition is turning heads with his football and excellent goal-scoring ability in the nation’s capital.

This season alone the 24-year-old has scored 20 goals [15 in the league and five in the Cup] including four in one match in their recent 8-1 demolition of Woden.

And he was the match-winner in the club’s debut in the Westfield FFA Cup, the 1-0 triumph over Surfers Paradise Apollo in the Round of 32 on a typically icy night in the capital.

“I love scoring goals. That’s my job,” Bernabo-Madrid told www.theffacup.com.au.

“If I don’t score a goal in a game I’m one of those that thinks I haven’t had a good game.  If I score goals I feel I’ve done my job.”

 

image: http://images.performgroup.com/di/library/FFA_Cup/5/6a/philippe-bernabo-madrid_1tshczfstw3fo1kxcpqncjennu.jpg?t=-1679199346

 

Bernabo-Madrid’s story is as much about perseverance as it is about his football ability.

Having moved to Canberra from his native Bogota in Colombia when he was 15, he came through the Capital Football Academy before catching the eye with Canberra FC.

As one of the best young players in the ACT, he was even a part of the reality TV Show ‘Football Superstar’ on Foxtel back in 2010, where he met Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou.

But it was around that time Bernabo-Madrid suffered a serious knee injury, requiring a full reconstruction.

Unfortunately for the youngster, that surgery was unsuccessful meaning he had to go under the knife again less than 12 months later.

“It was devastating. That first time I was out for about a year-and-a-half all up,” Bernabo-Madrid explained.

“After that second surgery I came back feeling really good and playing some good football and then last year I did it again which meant a third surgery on my left knee. It was a really tough time.

“I went to Chile this time to get it done. There was no way I couldn’t not play football [anymore] so I just had to get back into it.

“Football is my life really. I really don’t do anything else than watch football, coach football and play football.”

As well as doing a degree in sports coaching and exercise science, Bernabo-Madrid mixes coaching the Canberra United under-12 academy and Canberra Olympic under-13s with his playing commitments.

And it’s obviously working as his goals has propelled Olympic to the cusp of the Capital Football title [they need one point from this weekend’s final match against the FFA Centre of Excellence] plus the last 16 of the FFA Cup.

 

image: http://images.performgroup.com/di/library/FFA_Cup/d6/85/canberra-olympic_1r87ok8zehm871mt9z0jqzzruo.jpg?t=-1679087346

 

“We have such a good team culture and we have a coach [Frank Cachia] that has brought a good bunch of guys together and we get along on the field and off the field,” Bernabo-Madrid said.

“We’ve got some really good players with a lot of experience and good young guys as well. It’s a combination of a lot of things, we’re a good team in terms of how we get along.”

A huge Western Sydney Wanderers fan, Bernabo-Madrid would love Olympic to progress to the last 16 and face Tony Popovic’s men in the quarters.

But first they need to get past giant-killers Redlands United, who bundled out Hyundai  A-League champions Adelaide United in the Round of 32.

“To beat the A-league champions they obviously have a good team and some really good players,” Bernabo-Madrid said of Redlands United.

“We’re going to have to have a very good game if we want to go through. But it’s definitely an advantage being at home. Hopefully that night it’s minus three with some snow.

“Going up to Queensland would have been fun for the team but playing at home with the crowd gives us a push and hopefully the push to get through.”

- See more at: http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/article/meet-canberra-olympics-goal-scoring-king-from-colombia-philippe-bernabo-madrid/1kzhx5iiqgwhj1jzo6znl2w6g0#sthash.q8TmhtQf.dpuf
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He's a goal-scoring machine, has a fabulous name, was once a 'Football Superstar' and is a Western Sydney Wanderers fan.

And now, Colombia-born Philippe Bernabo-Madrid wants to spearhead his team Canberra Olympic into the Westfield FFA Cup quarter finals.

Canberra Olympic are enjoying the buzz of being winners in the Westfield FFA Cup but no more so than their star striker Philippe Bernabo-Madrid.

The main with the most exotic name in the competition is turning heads with his football and excellent goal-scoring ability in the nation’s capital.

This season alone the 24-year-old has scored 20 goals [15 in the league and five in the Cup] including four in one match in their recent 8-1 demolition of Woden.

And he was the match-winner in the club’s debut in the Westfield FFA Cup, the 1-0 triumph over Surfers Paradise Apollo in the Round of 32 on a typically icy night in the capital.

“I love scoring goals. That’s my job,” Bernabo-Madrid told www.theffacup.com.au.

“If I don’t score a goal in a game I’m one of those that thinks I haven’t had a good game.  If I score goals I feel I’ve done my job.”

 

image: http://images.performgroup.com/di/library/FFA_Cup/5/6a/philippe-bernabo-madrid_1tshczfstw3fo1kxcpqncjennu.jpg?t=-1679199346

 

Bernabo-Madrid’s story is as much about perseverance as it is about his football ability.

Having moved to Canberra from his native Bogota in Colombia when he was 15, he came through the Capital Football Academy before catching the eye with Canberra FC.

As one of the best young players in the ACT, he was even a part of the reality TV Show ‘Football Superstar’ on Foxtel back in 2010, where he met Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou.

But it was around that time Bernabo-Madrid suffered a serious knee injury, requiring a full reconstruction.

Unfortunately for the youngster, that surgery was unsuccessful meaning he had to go under the knife again less than 12 months later.

“It was devastating. That first time I was out for about a year-and-a-half all up,” Bernabo-Madrid explained.

“After that second surgery I came back feeling really good and playing some good football and then last year I did it again which meant a third surgery on my left knee. It was a really tough time.

“I went to Chile this time to get it done. There was no way I couldn’t not play football [anymore] so I just had to get back into it.

“Football is my life really. I really don’t do anything else than watch football, coach football and play football.”

As well as doing a degree in sports coaching and exercise science, Bernabo-Madrid mixes coaching the Canberra United under-12 academy and Canberra Olympic under-13s with his playing commitments.

And it’s obviously working as his goals has propelled Olympic to the cusp of the Capital Football title [they need one point from this weekend’s final match against the FFA Centre of Excellence] plus the last 16 of the FFA Cup.

 

image: http://images.performgroup.com/di/library/FFA_Cup/d6/85/canberra-olympic_1r87ok8zehm871mt9z0jqzzruo.jpg?t=-1679087346

 

“We have such a good team culture and we have a coach [Frank Cachia] that has brought a good bunch of guys together and we get along on the field and off the field,” Bernabo-Madrid said.

“We’ve got some really good players with a lot of experience and good young guys as well. It’s a combination of a lot of things, we’re a good team in terms of how we get along.”

A huge Western Sydney Wanderers fan, Bernabo-Madrid would love Olympic to progress to the last 16 and face Tony Popovic’s men in the quarters.

But first they need to get past giant-killers Redlands United, who bundled out Hyundai  A-League champions Adelaide United in the Round of 32.

“To beat the A-league champions they obviously have a good team and some really good players,” Bernabo-Madrid said of Redlands United.

“We’re going to have to have a very good game if we want to go through. But it’s definitely an advantage being at home. Hopefully that night it’s minus three with some snow.

“Going up to Queensland would have been fun for the team but playing at home with the crowd gives us a push and hopefully the push to get through.”

- See more at: http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/article/meet-canberra-olympics-goal-scoring-king-from-colombia-philippe-bernabo-madrid/1kzhx5iiqgwhj1jzo6znl2w6g0#sthash.q8TmhtQf.dpuf
Read more at http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/article/meet-canberra-olympics-goal-scoring-king-from-colombia-philippe-bernabo-madrid/1kzhx5iiqgwhj1jzo6znl2w6g0#CWoac1VFZMKWq1iZ.99He's a goal-scoring machine, has a fabulous name, was once a 'Football Superstar' and is a Western Sydney Wanderers fan.

And now, Colombia-born Philippe Bernabo-Madrid wants to spearhead his team Canberra Olympic into the Westfield FFA Cup quarter finals.

Canberra Olympic are enjoying the buzz of being winners in the Westfield FFA Cup but no more so than their star striker Philippe Bernabo-Madrid.

The main with the most exotic name in the competition is turning heads with his football and excellent goal-scoring ability in the nation’s capital.

This season alone the 24-year-old has scored 20 goals [15 in the league and five in the Cup] including four in one match in their recent 8-1 demolition of Woden.

And he was the match-winner in the club’s debut in the Westfield FFA Cup, the 1-0 triumph over Surfers Paradise Apollo in the Round of 32 on a typically icy night in the capital.

“I love scoring goals. That’s my job,” Bernabo-Madrid told www.theffacup.com.au.

“If I don’t score a goal in a game I’m one of those that thinks I haven’t had a good game.  If I score goals I feel I’ve done my job.”

 

image: http://images.performgroup.com/di/library/FFA_Cup/5/6a/philippe-bernabo-madrid_1tshczfstw3fo1kxcpqncjennu.jpg?t=-1679199346

 

Bernabo-Madrid’s story is as much about perseverance as it is about his football ability.

Having moved to Canberra from his native Bogota in Colombia when he was 15, he came through the Capital Football Academy before catching the eye with Canberra FC.

As one of the best young players in the ACT, he was even a part of the reality TV Show ‘Football Superstar’ on Foxtel back in 2010, where he met Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou.

But it was around that time Bernabo-Madrid suffered a serious knee injury, requiring a full reconstruction.

Unfortunately for the youngster, that surgery was unsuccessful meaning he had to go under the knife again less than 12 months later.

“It was devastating. That first time I was out for about a year-and-a-half all up,” Bernabo-Madrid explained.

“After that second surgery I came back feeling really good and playing some good football and then last year I did it again which meant a third surgery on my left knee. It was a really tough time.

“I went to Chile this time to get it done. There was no way I couldn’t not play football [anymore] so I just had to get back into it.

“Football is my life really. I really don’t do anything else than watch football, coach football and play football.”

As well as doing a degree in sports coaching and exercise science, Bernabo-Madrid mixes coaching the Canberra United under-12 academy and Canberra Olympic under-13s with his playing commitments.

And it’s obviously working as his goals has propelled Olympic to the cusp of the Capital Football title [they need one point from this weekend’s final match against the FFA Centre of Excellence] plus the last 16 of the FFA Cup.

 

image: http://images.performgroup.com/di/library/FFA_Cup/d6/85/canberra-olympic_1r87ok8zehm871mt9z0jqzzruo.jpg?t=-1679087346

 

“We have such a good team culture and we have a coach [Frank Cachia] that has brought a good bunch of guys together and we get along on the field and off the field,” Bernabo-Madrid said.

“We’ve got some really good players with a lot of experience and good young guys as well. It’s a combination of a lot of things, we’re a good team in terms of how we get along.”

A huge Western Sydney Wanderers fan, Bernabo-Madrid would love Olympic to progress to the last 16 and face Tony Popovic’s men in the quarters.

But first they need to get past giant-killers Redlands United, who bundled out Hyundai  A-League champions Adelaide United in the Round of 32.

“To beat the A-league champions they obviously have a good team and some really good players,” Bernabo-Madrid said of Redlands United.

“We’re going to have to have a very good game if we want to go through. But it’s definitely an advantage being at home. Hopefully that night it’s minus three with some snow.

“Going up to Queensland would have been fun for the team but playing at home with the crowd gives us a push and hopefully the push to get through.”

This article was originally published at: http://www.theffacup.com.au/article/meet-canberra-olympics-goal-scoring-king-from-colombia-philippe-bernabo-madrid/1e9k81vbv0rn9101krbloiw8kw.

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KONSTANTINOU NAMED IN FUTSALROOS WORLD CUP SQUAD

Star Canberra Olympic goalkeeper Angelo Konstantinou is one of fourteen players selected by Futsalroos Head Coach Rob Varela to take part in the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 in Colombia. Konstantinou will travel to his second FIFA Futsal World Cup having been a part of the touring party that went to Thailand for the 2012 edition. 

Australia have been grouped with Mozambique, World Champions Brazil and European giants Ukraine in the tournament which kicks off on 11th September for the Amateur team. For the Olympic custodian it will continue what has been a busy season. 

“I am delighted to be selected for the FIFA Futsal World Cup,” Konstantinou commented. “It’s always a privilege to represent your country and I am excited to be able to travel to South America as part of a strong looking squad.

“We have been in intensive preparations for the past few months and, coupled with local PS4 NPL action, the FFA Cup Qualifying Run, the Westfield FFA Cup itself and the PS4 NPL Finals Series in Canberra, it has been a busy time for all concerned.”

SBS will be showing live coverage of the FIFA Futsal World Cup from Colombia throughout September and October. 

 

 

FUTSALROOS SQUAD
Jonathan BARRIENTOS (Vic Vipers), Jarrod BASGER (Baku United), Adam COOPER (Vic Vipers), Daniel FOGARTY (Inner West Magic), Gregory GIOVENALI (Dural Warriors), Wade GIOVENALI (Dural Warriors), Shervin KESHAVARZ ADELI (East Coast Heat), Angelo KONSTANTINOU (Inner West Magic), Dean LOCKHART (Inner West Magic), Roberto MAIORANA (Inner West Magic), Blake ROSIER (Dural Warriors), Tobias SEETO (Baku United), Peter SPATHIS (East Coast Heat), Christopher ZEBALLOS (East Coast Heat)

MANAGEMENT
HEAD COACH: Rob VARELA
ASSISTANT COACH: Fernando DE MORAES
GOALKEEPER COACH: Roger CUA
TEAM MANAGER: Marty JUDGE
HEAD PHYSIOTHERAPIST: Deane STEPHENS
ASSISTANT PHYSIOTHERAPIST: Will THOM
TEAM DOCTOR: Dr. Basil Atif MUHARB
EQUIPMENT MANAGER: Alex DELVES
TEAM MEDIA MANAGER: Russ GIBBS

WESTFIELD FFA CUP: OLYMPIC MAKE HISTORY TO ADVANCE TO LAST EIGHT

Canberra Olympic 2 (Angelo Konstantinou 15’ (pen), Robbie Cattanach 90+3’ (pen))

By David Jordan

Canberra Olympic won through to the Quarter Finals of the FFA Cup on Wednesday night as two penalties saw them record a 2-0 victory over Redlands United on a wet night at Deakin Stadium. Redlands, the conquerors of Hyundai A-League Champions Adelaide United, were treated to some fine Canberra weather as the heavens opened on a strong crowd of 989 all night and had no answer to goals from Angelo Konstantinou and Robbie Cattanach. 

The Queensland side came out strong from the start as the rain poured down in the Capital, but Olympic held strong across a tense opening ten minutes. Stephen Green looked from the outset as though he would cause problems with his pace down the right flank and continued to do so throughout the first 45 but their only real sight of goal was a long-range drive from Graham Fyfe.

Olympic’s first chance of the game came two minutes later as Michael Reeve, playing wide, looked to cut inside and fired off a shot, but Brendan White watched as the ball rolled safely past the post. But just a minute later Olympic were in again, and they were awarded a penalty as Cattanach was brought down after nutmegging his defender. Goalkeeper Konstantinou jogged up the field to take the spot-kick before tucking home down the middle of White’s goal to give them the lead.

With the lead in hand Olympic began to surge onto the front foot, and could have easily been 3-0 up at the break as Philippe Bernabo-Madrid was presented with a couple of golden chances, only to be denied by White, the first by a brilliant save after a majestic touch from the striker had carved a free run on goal following a superb defence-splitting ball from midfielder Daniel Colbertaldo.

The Redlands keeper denied Bernabo-Madrid again eight minutes later in a similar manner as the hero of the Round of 32 rather telegraphed his finish from the edge of the penalty area. Redlands looked to build in the latter stages of the half but struggled to break through as they sent all of their attacks down the flanks, largely ignoring the central defenders of Olympic. With rain still incessant, the sides went into the break separated by a goal and everything still to play for in the second half.

Redlands created the first opening of the second half when Igor Sao Jose found space around the edge of the box, but his low shot was parried well by Konstantinou for a corner kick. The game plateaued as neither side could convert set piece opportunities, but Olympic coach Frank Cachia looked to shape up the game as he brought on Jeremy Habtemariam for Reeve after an hour of play. The pacey forward nearly set up Tom McLachlan after 68 minutes but his cross was too far ahead of the midfielder and Redlands were given a reprieve once more.

As the game wore on, and the visitors pushed for an equaliser, tired legs struggled to press forward and errors began to happen. With Tim Bobolas breaking out of defence on an Olympic counter with just over fifteen minutes to go, Sam Langley brought him down with a crude tackle to earn a yellow card and Olympic slowly looked to work the ball as Bobolas hobbled up.

With the visitors pressing for their goal a corner late on presented a prime opportunity, with two Fyfe set pieces causing gasps of concern around Deakin as the ball pin-balled around in the box. But in injury time the game was sealed, as Cattanach was again brought down in the box, this time by Paul O’Brien. Konstantinou stayed in his goal this time as Cattanach himself stepped up to take the spot kick.

His first effort was brilliantly saved by White diving to his right, before smashing home the follow up, but was forced to re-take the penalty after an encroachment into the box from a Redlands defender. This time, Cattanach made no mistake, placing the ball tidily into the bottom corner to secure Olympic’s passage through to the quarter finals.

Canberra Olympic: 1. Angelo KONSTANTINOU, 2. Tim BOBOLAS, 4. Daniel COLBERTALDO, 5. Phil YARNOLD, 8. Bernard RENE, 9. Philippe BERNABO-MADRID (23. Oliver WIEDERKHR 83’), 10. Robbie CATTANACH (18. Jordan TSEKENIS 90+4’), 11. Michael REEVE (6. Jeremy HABTEMARIAM 60’), 12. Adam ROGIC, 15. Tom MCLACHLAN, 17. Nick BOBOLAS
Redlands United: 1. Brendan WHITE, 2. Michael MCGOWAN, 3. Grant BRIX, 4. Kai HALLIDAY, 5. Paul O'BRIEN, 7. Michael LEE, 9. Stephen GREEN, 11. Graham FYFE, 12. Adam CHANDLER, 16. Igor SAO JOSE (10. Alistair DAVIS 73’), 17. Sam LANGLEY

Discipline: YELLOW CARDS: 5. Paul O'BRIEN, 11. Graham FYFE, 12. Adam CHANDLER, 17. Sam LANGLEY (Redlands United)

Referee: Katie PATTERSON
Assistant Referee 1: Greg TAYLOR
Assistant Referee 2: Owen GOLDRICK
Fourth Official: Luke WITHELL

Attendance: 989

Canberra Olympic win tense shootout with Tigers to book grand final spot


Chris Dutton 
Published: August 28, 2016 - 7:29PM

Canberra Olympic's dream week took another twist on Sunday night when a dramatic comeback and a penalty shootout booked their place in the Capital Football premier league grand final.

Olympic had to reach deep into the energy well for a 120-minute thriller just three days after they won a spot in the FFA Cup quarter-finals.

But they will have to chase a grand final win without goalkeeper Angelo Konstantinou, who will fly to Colombia on Wednesday to play for Australia in the futsal World Cup.

Konstantinou sent social media into a spin last week when he became the first goalkeeper to score in the FFA Cup by slotting a penalty shot.

He stepped up as the potential hero again in extra time against the Cooma-based Tigers, but sent his shot sailing over the bar to almost end his season in heartbreak.

But the veteran got a sweet ending to his premier league season when Olympic won a penalty shootout battle 5-3 at McKellar Park.

"I was never worried with the boys, they knew what to do. We've played a lot of games in the last few weeks," Konstantinou said.

"It's definitely mixed emotions [to his season being over], but you can't knock back a chance to play for your country, no matter what."

Olympic will enjoy a well-earned break next weekend after equalising against the Tigers in the dying minutes to send the match into overtime.

The Tigers held a 2-1 lead and appeared certain to be going through to the grand final with just four minutes left in the major semi-final battle.

That's when star Olympic striker Phillippe Bernabo-Madrid stepped up when his team needed him most and scored in the 86th minute to send the match into 30 minutes of extra time.

Konstantinou had the best chance to steal the match just two minutes after the restart when Olympic was awarded a penalty shot.

However, his missed opportunity sent the arm wrestle into a tense shootout and Olympic held their nerve and a missed Tigers attempt opened the door for victory.

The win capped off a stunning two weeks for the O'Connor-based Olympic, who have won the league championship for finishing the regular season at the top of the ladder, became the first Canberra team to make the FFA Cup quarter finals and sealed a grand final berth.

"We've had three massive, massive games and high-pressure games [in a week]," said Olympic coach Frank Cachia.

"It's like Christmas getting a week off because we haven't really trained, we've just been playing. I played during some good times at Olympic, but I can't remember an opportunity like this."

The under-manned Tigers had just two substitutes on the bench and had to send their reserve goalkeeper on in extra time to bolster their side.

They will apply to Capital Football to allow them to promote some of their reserve grade or under-20s players to the premier league when they play Belconnen United next week in a bid to keep their year alive.

Olympic finished the match with just 10 men on the field after Adam Rogic went off injured while Jack Pettit will take the goalkeeping duties for the grand final in Konstantinou's absence.

"I'm very proud of my boys, we had eight players out and to lose in a shootout … that's soccer," said Cooma coach Gaby Wilk.

"At the end I needed our reserve goalkeeper on the field because of the rules and regulations, so we'll see what we can do with that in bringing in players."

AT A GLANCE

Capital Football semi-finals: CANBERRA OLYMPIC 2 (Robbie Cattanach 14', Phillippe Bernabo-Madrid 86') bt TIGERS FC 2 (Julian Borgna 30' own goal 39') on penalties 5-3BELCONNEN UNITED 4 (Thomas James 7', 48' 59', Jordan Lamb 50') bt CANBERRA FC 0.

This story was found at: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/act-sport/capital-football-canberra-olympic-win-tense-shootout-with-tigers-to-book-grand-final-spot-20160828-gr2wzn.html

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