Canberra United captain Ashleigh Sykes chalked up her 100th game with the club on Sunday with a win against Sydney FC at McKellar Park.

It seemed nothing could stand in the way of Sykes notching a win on the day of her century as her side fought back from two harsh Sky Blue penalties to pick up three points.

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The Dubbo native has been with Canberra since day one, enjoying a successful career securing two championships and three premierships in the W-League and recently adding an American NWSL championship to the tally.

Strike partner Michelle Heyman has been by Sykes’ side since 2010 and the skilful forward said the team were sure to make the strikers century celebrations worthwhile.

“That was our number one priority, we couldn’t let her lose in her 100th game,” said Heyman.

“She’s a real workhorse and we’ve always worked really well together.”

“We’re like yin and yang.”

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Heyman praising Sykes’ recent triumph in the United States with the Portland Thorns where the striker was given the task of adapting to an unfamiliar role in the backline.

“I love that she went over there and became a defender because that definitely helps me. She knows how to tackle now.”

“To see her do so well in the NWSL it’s just been so positive and so good for her knowledge of the game as well.”

United coach Heather Garriock may be new to the squad but the former Matilda understands just how important Sykes is to Canberra.

“What an achievement that is, it’s a reflection of her as a person,” said Garriock.

“She’s so incredibly loyal, she just wouldn’t play for another club.”

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Five goals in 19 international caps indicate that Sykes is likely to make a return to the Matildas in the years to come.

Claiming the golden boot last season, Sykes hopes to take out the top goalscorers gong once more although she may face stiff competition from teammate Heyman.

At just 25-years old Sykes has a great deal of her career ahead of her and it looks as though there might be more success to come in the near future for Canberra.

Featured image credit: Canberra United media.

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