Goals galore as Heyman and co keep Canberra’s hopes alive

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It was a historic day for the W-League as Canberra United ended Brisbane Roar’s undefeated streak, to keep them in the race for a top four finish, and Michelle Heyman became the equal top goal scorer in its history.

In their first win since the end of January, they put on a dominant first half display with United making the most of their opportunities.

Nicki Flannery made the most of the side’s first chance on goal. Putting it into the back of the net from very close range.

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A few minutes later, United’s Grace Maher decided to get in on the act with a goal from about 40 metres out to double the lead over Roar.

Although the ball was inside United’s end for most of the half, Roar were unable to find a way through.

And then the moment finally came. Michelle Heyman scored her 70th W-League goal to put her level with Sam Kerr as the league’s all time top goal scorer.

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Moments before United were able to go in with a faultless half, Roar’s Emily Gielnik put in a header to make sure the game did not stay too out of reach at 3-1.

Going into the second half, Brisbane continued to attack, but were still unable to present a big goal threat. United still looked the more dominant of the two sides.

Out of nowhere, Bianca Galic decided to join in with her own long range goal to put the game to bed for the home side 4-1.

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But it was not all smooth sailing for United in the last 20 minutes of the game.

Keeley Richards made her presence felt with multiple close range saves to keep United ahead. Even Kendall Fletcher showed her strength with a goal-line stop in the dying minutes.

They may not have got themselves into the top four this time around, but United’s presence is still being felt in the regular season’s final month.

Canberra United: 4 (Flannery 10’, Maher 23’, Heyman 29’, Galic 64’)

Brisbane Roar: 1 (Gielnik 44’)

Canberra United – Keeley RICHARDS, Emma ILIJOSKI, Kendall FLETCHER (Jessie RASSCHAERT 84’), Lauren KEIR, Bianca GALIC, Laura HUGHES, Grace MAHER, Paige SATCHELL (Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG 69’), Jessika NASH, Nickoletta FLANNERY (Rachael GOLDSTEIN 86’), Michelle HEYMAN (Demi KOULIZAKIS 69’)

Brisbane Roar –  Morgan AQUINO, Clare POLKINGHORNE, Winonah HEATLEY, Kim CARROLL, Mariel HECHER, Tameka YALLOP, Leticia MCKENNA, Emily GIELNIK (Larissa CRUMMER 78’), Jamilla RANKIN, Isobel DALTON, Olivia CHANCE (Kaitlyn TORPEY 72’)

Feature image credit – Mark Kolbe

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

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