Goalscorer Jenna McCormick praises Canberra United culture

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After scoring in Canberra United’s W-League win over Victory on Saturday, Jenna McCormick praised the club’s culture as a major reason for their current success.

The victory was the fifth in a row for the home side and McCormick spoke of the bond shared with her teammates afterwards.

“Off the field our culture is unbelievable, I’ve never really been in a group so tight and we’re all working for each other every week, on and off the park” she said.

“We’re proving on the park how gelled we are, how good we are as a team and that we can all work [together] and in the end get the result.”

On a scorching day at McKellar Park, coach Rae Downer was disappointed with the 0-0 half-time result, particularly given how much of the ball the home side saw early on.

“We should’ve put the game to bed by half-time with the amount of possession we had” Downer said.

“At 0-0 you’re leaving your opponent with an opportunity to counter, which they [Victory] looked to do today.”

 

Downer said that the players likely regret passing up opportunities in their regular season clash with City, where United failed to capitalise on a number of good chances, and that they relish the opportunity of fighting City for the title.

“Oh undoubtedly, we’re probably still hurting that we didn’t take the opportunities that we had against [Melbourne City], so we can’t wait to have another crack at them.”

Downer was also, as usual, quizzed about the race to the title, and whether or not Canberra can catch runaway leaders Melbourne City in the table, and even win the Championship.

“We’ve always said while it’s mathematically possible we’ll continue to chase, and the pressure’s on them to keep winning.

“From that perspective we’ve got to keep doing the same, because if we keep picking up our three points ourselves, then we can’t be beaten out of second spot.

“And that means for us a home Semi Final, and that gives us an opportunity to get through to the Grand Final, the big dance on the last day.”

With a bye weekend coming up for the side next weekend, Canberra are in good stead, and will eagerly await the result of City’s clash with Perth today. United’s next return to McKellar Park will see them take on Western Sydney Wanderer’s on Sunday the 10th of January.

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David Jordan
David Jordan
Former Media Manager of Canberra United and Central Coast Mariners. Get in touch at @DavidJordan33.

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