Last minute shot secures Canberra’s three points

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Another match went down to the wire for Canberra United, proving once again they have what it takes to go 90 minutes. As Melbourne City pushed them to the last minute of injury time, before United won 2-1.

Despite the score being 0-0 at half-time, the contest was very heated between the two sides early on.

City failed to convert from close range after a keeping error from Canberra’s Sally James and early on United seemed to be shaken.

However, soon after United started to show some dominance. They were able to make more threatening runs up the field, but they were unable to make the most of their opportunities.

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Multiple off-side calls and last effort defence undid their hard work in the opening 45 minutes.

City’s Samantha Johnson was the only player booked before half-time, but there were definitely chances for more bookings.

With the second half commencing, it was still aggressive football from both teams. More opportunities for City came their way, but both teams were unable to put them away.

United’s shot-stopper James pulled out three crucial saves in the half, that would prove to play a major part in the final scoreline.

After a through ball from United’s Lauren Keir from the backline, Michelle Heyman was able to place the ball into the top right-hand corner giving the hosts a 1-0 lead.

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Minutes later, City converted from a free-kick that met the head of defender Jenna McCormick to level out the score 1-1.

Both teams continued to push to secure themselves the three points. United’s Paige Satchell deserves a notable mention, as she looked to be playing in every position at one stage or another.

Before it all came down to a long range goal from Nickoletta Flannery to secure the nation’s capital the win. She sent her defender to one side, to slot the ball in from outside the box in the final minute of the game.

Despite the efforts from an aggressive and physical City team, United proved once again they are a 90 minute team with the 2-1 scoreline.

Canberra United 2: (Heyman 73’, Flannery 90+3’)

Melbourne City 1: (McCormick 77’)

Canberra United – Sally JAMES, Jessika NASH, Lauren KEIR, Isabella FOLETTA, Kendall FLETCHER (Jessie RASSCHAERT 90+2’), Grace MAHER, Demi KOULIZAKIS (Sasha GROVE 65’), Laura HUGHES, Michelle HEYMAN (Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG 81’), Nickoletta FLANNERY, Paige SATCHELL

Melbourne City – Teagan MICAH, Teigen ALLEN, Tori TUMETH, Hollie PALMER, Rhali DOBSON (Chinatsu KIRA 62’), Sarah CAIN, Margot ROBINNE (Harriet WITHERS 61’), Samantha JOHNSON, Leah DAVIDSON, Tyla Jay VLAJNIC, Jenna MCCORMICK

Feature image credit: Mike Owen

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Rory O'Connor
23 year old student at the University of Canberra studying Sports Media.