W-League | Canberra thrash Newcastle to go joint top

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Canberra United have announced themselves to the rest of the W-League with a thumping 5-2 victory over Newcastle Jets at McKellar Park on Saturday.

A double to Michelle Heyman as well as goals from Stephanie Ochs, Grace Maher and Nickoletta Flannery put United on their way to their second straight win.

Canberra wasted no time in getting off and running with some breathtaking attacking play to put Newcastle on notice.

Hayley Raso managed back to back attempts on goal but could only hit Claire Coelho in the Jets’ goal.

United continued to cut through Newcastle’s defence only to be let down by mistimed runs and poor final passes.

Skipper Heyman took matters into her own hands with a wonderfully mazy run through the Jets’ defence before coolly slotting it past Coelho to give the home side the lead after 19 minutes.

Instead of taking their foot off the gas Canberra continued to press hard with Ashleigh Sykes and Heyman terrorising the Jets’ back four.

Newcastle’s only hope lay in some minor hesitation from Canberra’s new-look back three but were unable to turn it into anything meaningful.

Looking for a way back into the match, the Jets turned to a more physical approach with both sides trading fouls and getting involved in some unpleasentries.

It came to a head with a rough Emma Stanbury foul on United’s Hannah Brewer with the Canberra defender temporarily winded in the clash.

Canberra’s second goal came just after the half-hour mark as some fantastic build up work involving Grace Maher and Heyman delivered the ball to the feet of Stephanie Ochs.

The American calmly took a touch before bending a beautifully struck left-footed shot into the left-hand corner.

Up by two at halftime Canberra continued to apply to blowtorch to the Jets’ defence, Ochs coming close to her second but unable to keep her shot down.

Newcastle began to look more dangerous as they desperately sought a way back into the match before Heyman’s second put the result beyond doubt.

The Matildas’ striker was played in well before a composed finish left Coelho stranded.

The Jets managed to peg one back through a well-worked team move provided a simple finish for Rhali Dobson.

The goal once again ignited the Canberra beast with the impressive Grace Maher fooling the entire Jets’ defence with a cheeky free kick.

Maher’s strike took a couple of bobbles on its way past those in blue and red.

Canberra continued to press but were again hit on the counter two minutes from time through an Emma Stanbury strike.

However the home side were destined to have the final say with rookie Nickoletta Flannery opening up the Newcastle defence and thrashing the ball past Coelho during injury time.

The 5-2 result lifts Canberra to the top of the table, equal on points with Brisbane Roar.

Canberra United 5 (Heyman 19’ 53’,  Ochs 33’, Maher 65’ Flannery 90+2’)

Newcastle Jets 2 (63’ Dobson, 88’ Stanbury)

McKellar Park

Attendance: 871

Canberra United: 1. BURKE Trudy (GK), 2. KINGA Yukari, 5. MCCORMICK Jenna, 7. BRUSH Ellie (Yellow card 72’) (16. ROESTBAKKEN Karly), 8. RASO Hayley, 10. MAHER Grace, 11. HEYMAN Michelle, 12. BREWER Hannah, 13. BOUREILLE Celeste (HUNT, Claire), 14. SYKES Ashleigh (FLANNERY, Nickoletta), 22. OCHS Stephanie
Substitues: 4. HUNT Clare, 16. ROESTBAKKEN Karly, 19. FLANNERY Nickoletta, 20. BORIC Georgia (GK)

Newcastle Jets: 20. COELHO Claire (GK), 2. NENADOVIC Sophie, (MACINTYRE, Grace) 3. O’REILY Elizabeth, 4. OYSTER Megan (Yellow card 35’), 5. GILILAND Arin (BRODIGAN, Ashlee), 6. DAVIS Cassidy, 7. SIMON Gema, 8. STANBURY Emma, 9. HOY Jennifer, 10. DOBSON Rhali, 17. KINGSLEY Jenna
Substitutes: 13. MACINTYRE Grace, 18. WHEELER Clare, 19. BRODIGAN Ashlee, 25. GROVE Annalee (GK)

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