Canberra Olympic keeper Angelo Konstantinou revealed he had to ignore taunts from his Green Gully rivals before scoring the last-gasp penalty which sent his side into the Westfield FFA Cup semi-finals.
The keeper held his nerve to slam his 95th minute spot-kick into the roof of the net to hand a 10-man Olympic a courageous 1-0 win over Gully at Deakin Reserve in the nation's capital.
“They Green Gully players] were trying to s*#t talk before the penalty and I was just smiling and laughing at them,” an ecstatic Konstantinou told Fox Sports.
“They can try but I’ve been there, done that. A goal is a goal and we’re going to celebrate.”
And they have every reason to celebrate after becoming the first Capital Football club to make the last four of the competition.
Despite being on the back foot for much of the contest, Olympic’s rock-solid defence held firm, while Konstantinou produced a string of fine saves to keep scores level.
Their cause wasn’t helped when Adam Rogic was sent off with 30 minutes left but they dug in, allowing Konstantinou his magic moment at the death.
The reward for Olympic, who are celebrating a milestone season in 2016, is a home semi-final against Sydney FC at GIO Stadium next month.
“It’s the club’s 60th year and it means everything,” Konstantinou said.
“I don’t know how many times a Canberra team is going to make the semi-finals, this is huge.
“We got 2000 people here today, that’s a big crowd for Canberra on a Tuesday night.”
It’s been a huge couple of months for Konstantinou, who also scored in Olympic’s round of 16 win over Redlands United, before representing the Futsalroos at the recent FIFA Futsal World Cup in Colombia.
“You can’t deny going to a World Cup, it’s one of the greatest things and if you get the opportunity you have to go,” he said.
“The FFA Cup, its’ one of the biggest things in Australia, any team can win and we’ve done that with ten men.”