Three goals and three points for Canberra United

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Canberra United proved too strong for Western Sydney Wanderers as they moved their way to the top of the W-League ladder. Heyman’s first half hat-trick was the difference in a dominant display in the nation’s capital.

The first-half could not have gone any better for United with a goal in the first three minutes of the match, Michelle Heyman getting on the end of a goal-mouth scramble from the corner.

The next 30 minutes was a very even game, with both sides providing chances.

United’s Keeley Richards made a great save to make sure the home side kept their early lead, but wasn’t tested for the rest of the half.

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Wanderer’s game strategy looked to be very physical throughout the half, with Sarah Hunter receiving a yellow card after a harsh challenge in a crucial area.

Heyman made it 2-0 after a brilliant quick build up play following a great ball from Kendall Fletcher to a pit-point pass from Nicki Flannery.

The third goal again came from the corner, and despite a Wanderers defender getting a touch on it, Heyman completed her hat-trick to extend her side’s lead to 3-0.

The second half starting as intense as the first with the Wanderers continuing the physical battle throughout the whole game.

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Wanderers’ Teigan Collister was awarded a yellow card after lashing out at Paige Satchell trying to make a break.

Neither side was able to capitalise further on their chances, and United would hold strong to end with a clean sheet and all three points. 

Canberra United – 3 (Heyman 3’, 34’, 41’)

Western Sydney Wanderers – 0

Canberra United – Keeley RICHARDS, Emma ILIJOSKI, Kendall FLETCHER, Lauren KEIR, Laura HUGHES, Grace MAHER, Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG (Paige SATCHELL 55’), Jessika Nash, Isabella FOLETTA (Bianca GALIC 73’), Nicki FLANNERY (Jessie RASSCHAERT 80’), Michelle HEYMAN (Demi KOULIZAKIS 73’)

Western Sydney Wanderers – Sarah WILLACY, Caitlin COOPER, Nikola ORGILL, Courtney NEVIN, Olivia PRICE (Isabel GOMEZ 64’), Libby COPUS-BROWN, Julie-Ann RUSSELL (Danika MATOS 64’), Georgia YEOMAN-DALE (Rosie GALEA 83’), Sarah HUNTER, Leena KHAMIS, Teigan COLLISTER (Bryleeh Flo HENRY 69’)

Feature image credit – Matt King

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

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