Yoogali SC is keyed up to take on season favourites the O'Connor Knights this weekend. The Knights have been at the top of their game all season, easily taking out the top spot on the ladder after only dropping one game this season.
Their last match-ups against Yoogali have also been to the Knight's advantage , taking a 5-0 victory in the first game and a closer 3-0 victory in the second.
"We got starved of a game so the boys should be ready to rock-and-roll ... The forfeit was disappointing, we felt there was a lack of respect shown to us but big picture wise, we banked the win," he said.
"We can only see the good, and hopefully the boys are charged up and ready to hit the ground running."
While any other team would be intimidated going up against the powerhouses of the competition, Santolin said that he found it liberating.
Santolin described the other team as good players with no weak points, and that the game would be a chance to prove themselves.
"They're the best team in the comp for good reason, they don't have any weak links ... Nobody expects us to win which means for us, we can actually express ourselves. It can be liberating when you're such the underdog. We know when our game clicks, we can beat anyone."
That confidence should see Yoogali through a hell of a game, backed by three key advantages - rest, a full team and the home advantage.
After taking last week off unexpectedly, Santolin is keen to see the team at full strength on their home field. He added that other teams in the competition were better resourced so they were pleased just to be in the top four.
Yoogali are just behind Queanbeyan and ANU on the ladder, but with just two points between them and the Canberra White Eagles in fifth position, they're certainly in a fight to hold onto it. Meanwhile, there are a full 8 points between Yoogali and the Queanbeyan City FC in third place.
The match between Yoogali SC and the O'Connor Knights will kick off at Solar Mad Stadium, at 2pm on August 1.
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