Canberra United dominate in season opener

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A brace to Canberra United’s international signing Simone Charley kicked off the W-League season in style, Charley helping her side to a dominant win over Perth Glory.

United started off the stronger of the two sides, putting the visitors under immediate pressure down the right flank with Charley causing problems for the defense.

The early pressing paid off for Canberra in the sixth minute. Brazilian import, Camila sent the ball into the center of the box to pick out Charley, who tapped home to open the scoring.

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Charley continued to cause problems and even grabbed a second goal five minutes later. Cutting in from the right, Charley found the top left corner of the net to make it 2-0 to the home side.

Perth grew into the game and create some of their own chances but Sham Khamis and the Canberra defense was equal to the task and the scores unchanged headed into the break.

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The visitors started the second half better than the first but were unable to breakdown a resolute Canberra defence, with Kaleigh Kurtz shutting down trouble on several occasions.

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United continued to dominate and make their own chances with international players, Simone Charley, Camila and Katie Stengel causing problems all afternoon.

Perth came close to pulling a goal back but some desperate defending saw the ball cleared from danger.

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Katarina Jukic did her best to get Perth back into the game, but as was the theme of the afternoon, she was unable to break down a solid defensive structure.

United would see out the game without too much trouble, with Simone Charley’s two first half goals proving to be enough to grab the three points in the season opener at home.

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United Football Club

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