South Hobart
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Westfield FFA Cup
(Tue 05 Aug 2014, 07.30PM LOCAL)
FINAL
Venue: KGV Park
Tuggeranong United
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South Hobart United versus Tuggeranong United

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Venue: KGV Park, Glenorchy, Hobart

KO: 7.30pm (AEST)

South Hobart have one of the wiliest and longest serving coaches in the Cup. And Ken Morton believes his side’s experience in last year’s NPL finals series – where they reached the finale only to be beaten by Sydney United – will benefit them on another huge night for the club and Tasmanian football when the side from the capital arrive.

Currently South are runaway leaders atop the Victory League but go in on the back of a 0-0 draw with Hobart Zebras. Watch out for key men Hugh Ludford and striker Brayden Mann.

The ACT outfit are not doing nearly as well in the league but as we know, domestic form usually has little to do with the Cup. And there’s a real togetherness in the Tuggies’ camp - knowing they are underdogs will suit coach Steve Foreshaw and his men as they seek a famous win in Tasmania.

They head to Hobart on the back of a thumping 5-1 win away to Monaro Panthers on the weekend. Matt Menser with a brace for the Tuggies in a morale-boosting win over a young Panthers. 

And with ACT product and Socceroo Carl Valeri’s words of encouragement, you shouldn’t write off the team in green and white.

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Canberra outfit Tuggeranong United have come from behind to defeat South Hobart on penalties in the Westfield FFA Cup.

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Tuggies boss: Our greatest performance

Tuggeranong United coach Steve Forshaw says his team's shootout victory over South Hobart in the Westfield FFA Cup will be remembered as among the most famous in his tiny club's history.

The 'Tuggies' survived conceding a second-half own-goal to equalise with minutes remaining and force extra-time at KGV Park in Hobart, going on to beat the Tasmanian powerhouse 5-4 on penalties in the round of 32 on Tuesday night. 

Having booked their place in the last 16 alongside what is sure to be some heavyweight A-League opposition, Forshaw made no attempt to talk down the scale of his team's achievement.

"It'll go down in the annals of Tuggeranong history as one of the great performances," he said.

"To come all the way from Canberra, to play a very, very useful South Hobart outfit and to get the result, puts us in the final 16 of the national competition, the first one, so great effort. Great effort.

"It's probably the proudest I've been, involving the football team, for a long, long time.

"Certainly in the first half we were under the pump, scrapping and fighting. We showed a lot of spirit. And in the end, that's what's got us through.

"As the game progressed, we got into it a little bit more, created a couple of chances. And we might have scored, but so could they. Really impressive unit, South Hobart. 

"But I'm absolute delighted with the efforts the boys have put in tonight and couldn't be prouder."

Forshaw reserved special praise for goalkeeper Rohan Shepherd, who survived one shaky moment in what was an otherwise outstanding display, going on to save from South Hobart's Caleb Ludlow in the shootout to help send his team into the next round.

"Fantastic keeper isn't he? His distribution was as bad as you'll see but in terms of shot-stopping, in terms of commanding his penalty area, he was superb," the Tuggies coach said of his in-form custodian.

"Absolutely superb. He's pulled off two match-saving saves. He played a significant part in our performance tonight."

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