Garriock praises Canberra despite 2-1 loss

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Heather Garriock insists she is still proud of her players, despite conceding a penalty in injury time against Melbourne City to walk away with a loss.

Canberra United lost 2-1 at home to a star-studded City outfit, with Emily van Egmond stepping up to slot home the winning penalty.

Despite the loss, Garriock believes her side could have gotten the three points and had plenty of positives to take away from the match.

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“I think structurally, we knew exactly what Melbourne City were going to do and we kept them in front,” she said.

“They could play as many passes, negative passes as possible and we knew that, and we would get out possessed.

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“But we knew our transition moments would be lethal and they were today.”

Garriock said her side defended well in the first half and went on to create their chances in the second, despite heading into the half time break scoreless.

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She said she knew they had to be patient and the chance would come, and it did.

“Camila gets a half chance and hits the woodwork and then Katie Stengel follows it up, outstanding today,” Garriock said.

“We have come a long way, but it’s a credit to the players really buying into what we are trying to do this season and I think it is evident out on the park in what we have been doing.”

Garriock was particularly full of praise for co-captain Karly Roestbakken, who was set the difficult task of dealing with one of the best players the sport has to offer Ellie Carpenter.

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She said Roestbakken’s performance marking Carpenter was unbelievable.

“How proud can you be of that kid,” she said.

“She’s marking an Olympian and one of the best players in the world at the moment and did not miss a beat.”

“Ellie was quiet today, she didn’t threaten us whatsoever.”

Canberra will look to capitalise on their scoring opportunities next Saturday when they travel up the east coast to face the Newcastle Jets.

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United FC

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