Establishing a three-goal lead normally results in a comfortable victory, however Canberra United suffered a disastrous collapse against Perth Glory on Sunday.

The Glory sensationally piled on three-goals in the final eight minutes to take a share of the spoils at McKellar Park in a 4-4 draw and game of the season contender.

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Glory captain Sam Kerr was largely ineffective throughout her first game of the campaign, which was strange considering the 25-year-old had been directly involved in 13 goals (11 goals, two assists) in her last seven W-League matches before the tie.

She then went on to cause havoc in the last 15 minutes as the Matildas hot-shot had a hand in her teams final two strikes.

Ultimately, the opportunity to start the season two wins from two was right in the hands of Canberra, but ill-discipline at the back cost them that reward.

After assessing what had transpired in the latter stages of the thrilling contest, United coach Heath Garriock was left ruing her sides inability to close out the proceedings.

“It’s two points down the drain,” Garriock said.

“4-1 with a score line like that you wouldn’t think a team could come back, but Sam Kerr ran the show in the last 15 minutes, we couldn’t contain her.

“Aiofe (Colvill) misses an open goal, for me that changed the whole complexion of the game,they scored after that, wasn’t good enough from us, really disappointing.”

Despite scoring an own goal in the opening five minutes through Denise O’Sullivan, Canberra bounced back through Refiloe Jane, Rhoda Mulaudzi and Maria Rojas’ stunner to produce three unanswered strikes and a 3-1 lead at the break.

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Glory’s afternoon looked to have been settled in the 65th minute when defender Sarah Carroll was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Jane scored her second spot kick of the evening to stretch her sides lead before the capitulation would unfold.

Alyssa Maultz pulled back a second before a stunning strike from substitute Leticia McKenna cut the deficit to just one goal.

Canberra’s nightmare end to the game was capped off in the 90th minute of play when Kerr’s cross across the area was deflected in.

Captain Rachel Corsie felt like her side was in control for the majority of the game and resonated her coaches disappointment in not seeing out the result.

“I felt the game plan went as we wanted it to for the first 80 minutes,” Corsie said.

“I think we contained them, we knew that they have quality players in the final third and we tried to limit the space and opportunities they would get on the ball.

“Like Heather says, it is really disappointing to concede four goals, especially to concede three late on against them.”

The upcoming international break will see the club lose stars Corsie, O’Sullivan, Rojas and Jane before the two-time champions return to action in two weeks when they face the Newcastle Jets in their first away game this season.

Feature image credit: Lawrence Atkins / Canberra United

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