Canberra dominant in final home game

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In their final home game of the season, Canberra United put on a dominant display against the visiting Adelaide United, winning 3-1.

It was a dominant start for Canberra as they immediately put Adelaide under pressure.

Early chances fell the way of Simone Charley and Elise Thorsnes, but they were unable to convert their opportunities.

Thorsnes had the chance to score an incredible goal, connecting with the ball well off a cross from Charley, but it sailed just over the bar and the scores remained level. The home side continued to pile the pressure on to the Adelaide defence but were unable to get the ball in the goal despite their dominance.

Adelaide began to grow into the game and create their own chances. A well hit through ball from Chelsie Dawber fell to the feet of Emily Condon, but the midfielder sent the ball just wide of the goal.

Canberra could have easily had multiple goals in the first half, had it not been for the crucial intervention of Sarah Willacy, the keeper making multiple saves to keep the scores even.

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Despite Willacy’s strong performance in goal, Canberra would take the lead through Laura Hughes. The young midfielder shot towards the corner of the goal and despite getting a hand to it, Willacy could not keep this one out as it ended up in the back of the net.

Even with Canberra’s dominance during the half, Adelaide would pull one back right before the break. Laura Johns put Isabel Hodgson through on goal, and the forward made no mistake as she slotted the ball past Sham Khamis to level the scores.

The second half started much the same as the first, with Canberra dominant in the opening minutes only to have their attempts on goal kept out by Willacy.

Adelaide had a great chance to pull ahead, as Chelsie Dawber ran through the Canberra defence but her ball into the box deflected off a defender and out for a corner.

Dawber continued her strong start to the half, dispossessing Olivia Price deep into Canberra’s half. The midfielder then put Charlotte Grant through on goal, but a heavy touch let the winger down as Sham Khamis advanced to claim the ball easily.

Despite the second half being much more even than the first, Canberra would take the lead through a well hit strike from the experienced Leena Khamis.

Being played in by Charley, Khamis hit the ball on the turn and watched it make its way past Willacy to re-give Canberra their lead.

Canberra took control of play after their goal and added a third through Simone Charley. Getting on the end of a cross from Thorsnes, the forward jumped highest to head the ball into the back of the net and all but seal the result for the home side.

The home side closed out the game in what was a dominant performance in their final home game of the season the final score was 3-1 to Canberra United.

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Declan Smith
Current Sports Media student at University of Canberra. Average footballer