With both teams sitting on seven points on the ladder, Canberra United’s dominant 4-1 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers at Central Coast Stadium pushes them up to second spot.

Kendall Fletcher’s headed-brace, Ashleigh Sykes’ goal and Demi Koulizakis’ own goal minute was more than enough for Canberra United to run out winners.

Canberra’s defence and midfield linked up to create early pressure that forced the Wanderers to work wide via overlapping runs from Ellie Carpenter on the left flank and Hannah Beard on the right.

It was United who opened the scoring in the 14th minute through an unmarked Kendall Fletcher who rose at the back-post to powerfully head home Perez’s corner.

Keelin Winters looked to get the Wanderers back into the game when her sweltering shot from 25-yards was tipped over the bar by Canberra goal keeper Melissa Maizels in the 36th minute.

Western Sydney began to create some sustained pressure on Canberra’s goal and forced Maizels into a number of punches and catches to clear the ball off the line.

The second half began with high energy from the Wanderers who scored an equalising goal almost immediately from Grey’s through ball into Canberra’s 18-yard box that Winters was only able to hit over the crossbar.

In the 52nd minute, Carpenter swung in a cross for Winters who was able to bring the ball down for Grey to volley but Maizels made a great save on the line.

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United’s immediate counter-attack ended in a second goal as Meg McLaughlin’s cross across the face of goal was deflected into the Wanderers’ net by their own Demi Koulizakis.

As the Wanderers looked to hit back the game opened up, both teams unable to convert countless opportunities.

Perez came very close to scoring Canberra’s third goal in the 65th minute and Sykes challenged Whyman in the 70th minute, the Wanderers’ keeper making good saves in both instances to deny them.

At the other end, Winters forced Maizels into another save via a free kick in the 73rd minute with the Canberra keeper tipping the ball over the bar.

The Wanderers continued to push and finally found a goal in the 74th minute when Erica Halloway hit the ball into an open net after Linda O’Neill’s shot that rebounded off the post.

But Canberra snuffed out all hopes of Wanderers comeback when Kendall Fletcher headed home her second goal from Grace Gill’s free kick cross in the 78th minute.

Sykes capped off a memorable win for Canberra when she slotted home Perez’s pass in the 83rd minute.

Canberra United move up to second spot with the 4-1 win, while the Western Sydney Wanderers will rue countless missed chances as they remain anchored mid-table in fifth place.

Western Sydney Wanderers: 3. MOSCATO Carmelina, 4. O’BRIEN Chloe, 6. SOUTAR Rachael, 8. HALLOWAY Erica, 9. GREY Elizabeth, 10. CARNEY Michelle, 11. WINTERS Keelin (C), 12. BEARD Hannah, 14. KOULIZAKIS Demi, 15. CARPENTER Ellie, 20. WHYMAN Jada (GK).

Substitutes: 1. MICAH Teagan (GK), 7. PETINOS Helen, 16. O’NEILL Linda, 17. ROBERTS Alix.

Canberra United: 3. DE ANGELIS Julia, 4. FLETCHER Kendall, 5. McCORMICK Jenna, 7. BRUSH Ellie, 8. McLAUGHLIN Meg,13. BEGG Nicole (C), 14. Ashleigh SYKES, 15. CHECKER Emma, 17. PEREZ Veronica, 18. KITING Rebecca, 20. MAIZELS Melissa (GK).

Substitutes: 2. BROWN Catherine, 9. GILL Grace, 19. FLANNERY Nickoletta, 22. BORIC Georgia (GK).

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