Canberra United’s season hangs in the balance after Heather Garriock’s side fell heavily to the Newcastle Jets in a 5-1 loss at McKellar Park on Sunday.

Three points to Newcastle or Canberra would see the winners clinch a place in the W-League finals and it was Craig Deans’ Jets seizing the opportunity with both hands.

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Garriock hailed Newcastles resolve but felt that the result could have gone the other way.

“You could see that they wanted it really badly, they haven’t been in finals football for a long time,” said Garriock.

“We played some really good football and I think we could have won it but once again they caught us in transition.

“A few calls went against us but that’s just the way football is.

“We definitely wanted it to but our final pass was just off today and that’s what let us down.”

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Canberra co-captain Michelle Heyman felt the tough scoreline was not a true reflection on the game.

“There were definitely some positives and I thought we played well as a team,” said Heyman.

“It’s always hard to come back from two or three goals down but we managed to bring it back last weekend in Perth and we felt we had the fight in us.”

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With the last finals spot still up for grabs Canberra must watch on as their fate could be determined as early as Saturday before their clash with Brisbane Roar.

“The Jets play Melbourne City and if they win we’ll know we’re out of finals before our game on Sunday,” said Garriock.

Canberra were frustrated by missed opportunities and Garriock hopes to work on that ahead of the clash with the high-flying Roar.

“We’re certainly not going to focus on them we’re going to focus on us because we’ve been creating the chances but just couldn’t quite put them away.

“We want to finish the season strong, we’re all playing for the badge first and foremost and I think it’s very important that we finish the season on a great note regardless of the result on Saturday.”

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