Canberra United’s Norwegian forward Elise Thorsnes claimed her first W-League goal en route to a hat-trick in Sunday night’s victory over Adelaide at McKellar Park.

Thorsnes started as part of a back four in United’s loss to Sydney FC but Heather Garriock’s decision to restore the Norwegian forward into her usual position paid instant dividends.

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“Seeing Elise score a hat-trick I’m so pleased for her, you saw glimpses of her talent and she’s been proving herself in training so it’s great to see that out on the pitch,” said Garriock.

“You can’t put her back after scoring three goals, really good goals too.”

Thorsnes boasted an admirable goal-scoring tally before making the move to Australia having notched 175 goals in 255 games and the forward was thrilled to get off the mark at her new club.

“Always as a striker at a new club it’s great to score your first goal,” said Thorsnes.

“I prefer to play up front rather than at the back but I play wherever the coach wants me.”

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United have had to deal with a number of injuries over the past weeks including ankle troubles for Nickoletta Flannery but the return of Sykes proved a huge boost for Garriock’s squad.

“Some of the goals we created were exactly what we’ve been working on over the past three weeks and the girls really turned it on today,” said Garriock.

“We need to try getting the ball forward a bit more and utilise our attacking talent, we’ve got Elise who was the top scorer in Norway and obviously Michelle (Heyman) and Ashleigh (Sykes).”

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Canberra’s forward pairing of Sykes and Heyman has long been one of the league’s most potent attacks but with the addition of the nifty Norwegian Thorsnes, United might just boast one of the best forward lines in the competition.

“Ashleigh and I understand each other, she’s been injured so we haven’t been able to play together as much but we’ve definitely got a good connection,” said Thorsnes.

“If we keep on developing together I think we can be really strong.

Canberra’s next test comes at McKellar Park once again as they play host to the 8th place Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday afternoon.

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