Danger games lurking for Canberra after upset win

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Last week marked the end and possibly the beginning of something remarkable in the W-League.

Canberra United’s 2-1 upset of Melbourne City handed the defending champions their first defeat in their history, breaking an 18-game undefeated streak in the process.

Much like their previous meeting this season, United created the most chances (17 shots to ten), but this time were able to make them count and reverse the Round 2 result.

Making the win even sweeter was the fact that 15-year old Karly Roestbakken provided the winner, painting a very bright picture for the club’s future.

United’s opener came from Jenna McCormick, herself only 22, and with Canberra’s young talent starting to step up, end of season honours look within reach.

But no longer can Canberra fly under the radar.

Impressive wins over the Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets went largely unnoticed as the league’s spotlight shone heavily on City and fellow powerhouse Sydney FC.

But there’s no escaping that attention now.

The honour of being the first side to defeat the giants from Melbourne could also become a curse if Canberra are not careful.

With teams now awake to the threat that United pose they will almost certainly be put under added pressure, especially in regards to their young stars.

That challenge begins this Sunday.

Canberra hit the road for a third successive week, albeit for a ‘home game’ in Gosford.

Their opponents, Brisbane Roar, will not be taking United lightly after their 1-0 loss at home earlier in the season.

When taking last week’s result into consideration, Canberra will need to batten down the hatches in preparation for the storm that is surely on its way.

The worst thing Canberra can do is let this result go to their heads.

One win does not make a season and any element of surprise United may have had heading into the later stages of the season has surely evaporated.

The flip side to the coin is the confidence this result gives them.

Having dominated City with no reward in their first match and falling short in their semi-final loss to Sydney FC last year, Canberra needed a breakthrough win to prove to themselves that they can beat the big guns.

There’s no doubt the fans knew they could, now the players know it to.

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Dominic Unwin
Third year Sports Media student at the University of Canberra. Interests include sports history and stats...you know, all the fun stuff.

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