Canberra United have claimed their first victory of the season with Michelle Heyman bagging two goals to down Sydney FC 3-2 at McKellar Park on Sunday.

United were hard done by in an afternoon that saw the Sky Blues awarded two harsh penalties but the home side fought back to claim all three points.

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It was the visitors who dominated the early stages of the game and Ante Juric’s were unlucky not to go ahead after Ibini-Isei and Ledbrook failed to keep down volleyed efforts from point-blank range.

The home side found the opener somewhat against the run of play when Heyman picked up the ball in the box and crafted a silky one-two with Gordon before slotting home into the bottom right corner.

Sydney struck back after a mistake from Pressley handed the visitors a spot kick which Ledbrook stepped up to slot home on the cusp of halftime.

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The second half provided to be a nervy start for United with Sydney once again piling on the pressure.

Sydney took their first lead after a second penalty for a foul off the ball was converted by Ledbrook in the 68th minute.

Frustrations started building for United, who felt hard done by in the penalty area, but the game was drawn level once again after Pressley poked home following a corner.

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Sykes almost marked her century of games with a goal after breaking through the Sky Blues backline but her shot failed to test Khamis.

Heyman proved her worth once again putting her side in front after winning the ball in the box and slotting into the bottom left corner with conviction.

United now look forward to a tough test against the in-form Jets in Newcastle, while Sydney goes back to the drawing board ahead of facing champions Melbourne City.

Canberra United 3 (Heyman 13′ 85′ Pressley 78′)
Sydney FC 2
(Ledbrook 45′ 69′)

McKellar Park, Canberra

Referee: Casey REIBELT
Assistant Referees: Delfina DIMOSKI & Nia SOUTHWELL
Fourth Official: Alex TWOMEY

Canberra United
1. KOPMEYER Hayley, 4. PRESSLEY Toni, 10. MAHER Grace, 12. GORDON Bethany (6. MUNOZ Caitlin 63′), 14. SYKES Ashleigh (c), 17. WHITTALL Madelyn (16. ROESTBAKKEN Karly 54′), 20. SAYER Amy (8. DANASKOS Liana 79′), 21. CARPENTER Ellie, 23. HEYMAN Michelle, 24. FLETCHER Kendall, 34, BASSETT Laura.
Substitutes: 36. BORIC Georgia, 6. MUNOZ Caitlin, 8. DANASKOS Liana, 16. ROESTBAKKEN Karly.

Sydney FC
1. KHAMIS Shamiran, 2. POLIAS Teresa (19. KHAMIS Leena 76′) (c), 4. RALSTON Elizabeth, 6. LOGARZO Chloe, 7. SOUTAR Racheal, 8. HARRISON Amy (14. ROLSTON Emma 84′), 10. LEDBROOK Kylie, 11. DE VANNA Lisa, 13. YEOMAN-DALE Georgia, 15. COOPER Caitlin, 20. IBINI-ISEI Princess (3. SIEMSEN Remy 59′).
Substitutes: 30 RAINEY Sheridan, 3. SIEMSEN Remy, 14. ROLSTON Emma, 19. KHAMIS Leena.

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