Garriock: Canberra have played ‘some of the best football’ in the W-League this season

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Canberra United secured a valuable 1-0 victory against Adelaide United at McKellar Park thanks to Ellie Carpenter’s second half strike to keep the sides slight finals hopes alive.

The win snapped a four-game winless run and now has them trailing fourth placed Sydney FC by three points, however the Sky Blues have a game in hand.

Carpenter’s goal in the 59th minute of play seemed a long time coming for the Canberra outfit as Adelaide’s effort to prevent the hosts from finding the net eventually gave out.

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Heather Garriock’s team created a host of chances throughout the encounter and the 36-year-old expressed that although her players were excellent, their troubles this season has boiled down to not having a lethal finisher.

“The football we played out there is some of the best football I’ve seen in the W-League this season,” Garriock said.

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“That’s not biased, it’s just absolute quality.

“We have a quality team, we just don’t have that goal scorer that can finish and in a short season like this in the W-League, we need a goal scorer that can score 8-10 goals per season and score half chances.

“That’s what other teams have over us and that’s what I have identified as our weakness this season.”

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Canberra have struggled to convert chances into goals all campaign and that is echoed by the fact they have only scored 12 times this season, which is equal second-lowest in the competition.

Despite walking away from the contest victorious, there were moments when Adelaide threatened Canberra’s goal in the latter stages of the second half and closing out fixtures has been another cause for concern in Garriock’s second season in charge.

“We didn’t close the game out,” Garriock explained.

“I’m still up there yelling and Sham pulled off a couple of great saves for us to keep the win.

“But we need to close out games and we just haven’t quite done that this season hence the several draws we have had this season which has cost us.”

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Though United’s chances of reaching the finals are hanging by thread and they face two difficult challenges to close out the season.

“We need to win against the (Melbourne) Victory and then we need to win up at Suncorp Stadium,” Garriock said.

“There two massive hills to climb, but we can do it.”

Canberra will play its final home match of the season against league leaders Melbourne Victory on Thursday night before travelling up north to take on the Brisbane Roar on the 25th of January.

 

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Bachelor of Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. Live and breath everything to do with football.