United downed by Roar in thriller

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Canberra United have only won two out of their four matches this season, after going down 2-1 to Brisbane Roar.

Despite a stunning goal from Elise Thorsnes, Canberra could not find an equaliser in a tense match that threatened to boil over in the final minutes.

The Roar started the stronger of the two, putting the home side under pressure but the Canberra defence held strong, as they looked to create their own chances.

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The first real chance of the match came when Canberra star Simone Charley was through on goal and had rounded the keeper, only to be called back for an offside.

Brisbane’s best chance came through Isobel Dalton. With the ball arriving at her feet following a corner, Dalton shot from range with her shot just dipping over the crossbar.

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Despite the lack of shots, the Roar would open the scoring through Tameka Yallop. Receiving the ball from Hayley Raso in the midfield, Yallop crossed the ball in from the right only to see the ball sail over Sham Khamis’ head and into the back of the net.

The Roar started to dominate proceedings following the goal, with Rylee Baisden having her effort denied by a stunning save from Khamis in goal.

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Canberra’s best chance came just after the 30th minute. Camila Martins Pereira sent in a dangerous cross from the right flank, onto the head of Thorsnes but the Norwegian striker was unable to get her attempt on target.

With only minutes to go before half-time, the Roar doubled their lead. Off a free kick deep in their own half, Mackenzie Arnold sent the ball down the field towards Raso, who beat the defence to put the ball home.

The Roar dominated the final few minutes, closing out an eventful half of football with a 2-0 lead.

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Much like the first half, the Roar dominated early on, creating plenty of chances and putting the Canberra defence under immense pressure.

The first chance of the half was from Baisden, as the forward’s angled shot rebounded off the crossbar and away from danger. Dalton again proved to be a long-range threat, forcing Khamis into an excellent two-handed save.

Despite being dominated, Canberra pulled a goal to make it 2-1. Thorsnes dispossessed Clare Polkinghorne in a dangerous area and curled the ball into the top corner past Arnold.

Thorsnes’ goal sparked United, as they began to display their attacking prowess. Their international contingent went on to cause problems for the Roar defence but were unable to convert.

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Khamis proved why she is crucial to her side, pulling off some remarkable saves to deny multiple free kicks from the Roar.

Brisbane had plenty of chances to put the lead back out to two goals, with Raso missing a certain goal late in the game.

Right on injury time Katrina Gorry shot from the edge of the box, with Khamis again pulling off a stunning save to keep Canberra in the game.

In a tense final few minutes, Canberra threw everything at the travelling side but were unable to find an equaliser as Arnold and their defence held strong.

 

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United FC

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