Canberra United realise long-awaited return to finals football

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They’ve done it. One of the most decorated clubs in W-League history Canberra United are back into the finals. Pulling off a draw against top of the table Sydney FC, United have done just enough to secure their spot.

Despite the scoreline there was nothing but whole-hearted efforts from both teams on the field in the nation’s capital.

With United looking for a finals spot and Sydney searching for a premier’s plate to add to their cabinet, both sides were out to win it.

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Effort from all around the park made it impossible to separate them by score-line, as the defence stood out most from either side.

United coach Vicki Linton had nothing but praise for her squad after a performance of that calibre.

”Just really proud of that performance from a coaching point of view,” said Linton.

“They executed the game plan, they did everything we asked of them. It would have been nice to get a goal but just from a football point of view they delivered on everything asked.”

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In their last outing, Sydney managed to put a convincing 4-0 win over the nation’s capital, which was the beginning of a little rough spell for Vicki’s team this season.

Considering United only needed the draw to qualify for the final four, that was never going to be the initial end goal.

“I don’t think you should ever play for a draw, I think that’s actually really, really dangerous.

“We came out to win the game because we think we are good enough to win the game.”

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Linton mentioned the conditions haven’t been great for Sydney to train in over the last week due to the recent extreme weather conditions, but knew not to take anything for granted against such a top side in the competition.

“They are a quality team, but I feel that we out played them today and that’s what I’m proud about.”

Feature image credit – Mark Metcalfe

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