Van Egmond secures win in dying minutes

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Melbourne City beat Canberra United in the dying minutes of the game, with an injury time penalty handing them a 2-1 win and three points.

Despite going down in the second half, City fought their way back into the game with Emily Van Egmond slotting an injury time penalty to win.

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The clash started fast, as Melbourne quickly put Canberra under pressure. Ellie Carpenter showed fans what they had lost, as she caused problems down the right flank but the Canberra defence was up to the task on multiple occasions.

Sham Khamis was called into action early in the Canberra goal, as she dove low to keep out a point-blank header from Kyah Simon, forcing it out for a corner.

Khamis continued to be a strong force behind the Canberra back-line, often running off her line to claim the ball.

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The game went on to be quite physical, with tackles flying in all over the park. Yukari Kinga went in to the book after a late studs-up tackle on young gun Laura Hughes.

Brazilian International Camila Martins Pereira caused plenty of headaches for City, often winning the ball and launching a counterattack, with some quick and fancy footwork.

Both teams continued to create chances, the bulk with the visitors but would head into the half time break with scores locked at 0-0.

The second half started much the same as the first, with City piling on the pressure immediately.

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Canberra nearly opened the scoring after Leena Khamis crossed the ball towards Katie Stengel but unfortunately, Stengel was unable to get her head to the ball.

Simone Charley showed her quality, picking up the ball at halfway and running straight through a helpless City defence, only to have her shot blocked in the box with a desperate diving tackle.

After plenty of end to end football, it would be the home side that took the lead. Picking up the ball in the midfield, Camila burst forward and shot from range only to see her shot rebound off the crossbar. Luckily Stengel was first to and put the ball into the back of the net to give her side a 1-0 lead.

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Canberra did not hold their lead for long, as a miscommunication at the back between Khamis and one of her defenders saw Milica Mijatovic pick up the ball and tap it into the back of the net to level the scores 1-1.

American Charley came close to regaining the lead for Canberra, curling a shot from the right of the box towards the top left but watched on as it went wide.

Canberra had plenty of chances to get in front, with Rebekah Horsey and Ashlie Crofts missing sitters.

The game looked to be headed for a draw before City was awarded a penalty in the dying minutes of the game.

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City launched an attack down the right flank, and as the ball was being sent in, Kinga was brought down for a penalty.

Van Egmond stepped up to the spot and nearly had her attempt saved, with Khamis going the right way.

The penalty was the last action of the game as the referee called time moments after the kick-off, Melbourne City winning 2-1 at McKellar Park.

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United FC

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