Canberra United have claimed a second consecutive win after stunning Western Sydney Wanderers with two goals in two minutes to win 2-0 at McKellar Park on Sunday afternoon.

Second half goals to the in-form Elise Thorsnes and centurion Michelle Heyman handed Heather Garriock’s side an all important victory in the race for finals football.

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United got off to a good start as Michelle Heyman and Elise Thorsnes combined well before whipping in a ball into Ellie Carpenter but Jada Mathyssen-Whyman stayed strong to deny the youngster.

The visitors were close to pinching an opener just moments later after some lax defending from United but Lee Falkon blasted her effort inches wide of the right post.

Western Sydney’s Ellie Brush came close after latching onto a loose ball in the six-yard box but Hayley Kopmeyer’s save kept the scores level.

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United kept knocking on the door as Carpenter crafted a glorious opportunity but simply couldn’t finish past the quick-reacting Mathyssen-Whyman.

Canberra came agonisingly close on the cusp of half-time as Thorsnes picked up a Mathyssen-Whyman fumble with an open goal but couldn’t finish as the powerful effort rattled the crossbar.

Western Sydney’s Falkon took matters into her own hands but Kopmeyer swatted the effort away as it looped towards the top corner.

Sykes almost picked Mathyssen-Whyman’s pocket after charging down a clearance but the shot-stopper reacted well to regather the ball after the blunder.

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United broke the deadlock in the 75th minute as Heyman picked up the ball after Carpenter’s surging run and bundled her effort into the bottom left corner.

Thorsnes claimed one of her own less than minute later going through on the left hand side and firing into the right side of the net to stun the travelling Wanderers.

United now sit a point beneath fourth-placed Melbourne City and turn their focus to preparations ahead of a lengthy journey to face Perth Glory next weekend.

Western Sydney will hope to turn their fortunes around as they host the seventh-placed Melbourne Victory.

Canberra United 2 (Heyman 75′, Thorsnes 76′)

Western Sydney Wanderers 0

McKellar Park, Canberra

Referee: Casey Reibelt

Assistant Referees: Nia Southwell, Lauren Hargrave

Fourth Official: Delfina Dimoski

Canberra United

1. Hayley KOPMEYER, 3. Clare HUNT, 4. Toni PRESSLEY, 10. Grace MAHER (19. Aoife COLVILL 85′), 11. Elise THORNSES, 14. Ashleigh SYKES (17. Madelyn WHITTALL 81′), 18. Taren KING (8. Liana DANASKOS 64′), 20. Amy SAYER, 21. Ellie CARPENTER, 23. Michelle HEYMAN, 34. Laura BASSETT.

Western Sydney Wanderers

1. Jada MATHYSSEN-WHYMAN, 2. Maruschka WALDUS, 6. Lo’eau LABONTA, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 8. Erica HALLOWAY, 10. Lee FALKON, 11. Marlous PIEETE, 12. Rachel LOWE (5. Kahlia HOGG 90′), 15. Talitha KRAMER, 16. Alix ROBERTS, 19. Susan PHONGSONGKHAM.

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