W-League: City regain top four spot

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Melbourne City have moved up to fourth place on the Westfield W-League ladder after they claimed a 2-1 win over Canberra United at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.

A double provided by Jessica Fishlock proved to be the match-winner for City as they became victors for the first time since Round 3 against Newcastle Jets.

Michelle Heyman’s 50th goal for Canberra was not enough and they were unable to salvage a point.

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City came out strong to start with a couple of close opportunities to put pressure on Canberra.

Ashley Hatch had two golden chances after a quarter of an hour, both within the space of two minutes.

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She shot just wide before she made a good run and fired a blocked attempt.

City’s first goal after 20 minutes was a spectacular one by Fishlock to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage.

She was outside the box but struck her shot with enough venom to beat Haley Kopmeyer between the sticks.

A few minutes later, Canberra got an equaliser out of nothing.

Lydia Williams looked to play out from the back, but a poor pass went straight to the feet of Heyman who from close range converted the gift nicely to even up the contest.

City continued to accumulate the first-half chances but none were clear-cut to really threaten which was the story of their opening 45 minutes.

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After the break, the match followed a similar pattern to what happened thus far, as City worked hard to generate attacks but some tough tackles from Canberra meant it wasn’t going to be easy for City players.

Canberra had limited forays forward and forced them to negate the opposition.

City eventually took back the lead with around 10 minutes to go in the game through a tidy Fishlock finish.

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Yukari Kinga played a penetrated pass over to the left for Fishlock who took a touch to balance up.

The power was too much to handle for Kopmeyer who got a hand to the ball but unable to keep it out.

It capped off a wonderful performance by Fishlock as she helped secure the three points that City craved.

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