Canberra faces one of its longest winless streaks, despite comeback

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One of Canberra United’s longest winless streaks in their history will continue after they had to share the points with Perth Glory, following a last-minute comeback from 3-1 down by the home side.

United clawed their way back at Viking Park on Saturday night to make it 3-3, despite the two goal deficient they faced at the 79th minute.

Negating the comeback, the draw means that Canberra are now on one of the club’s longest winless streaks in history, and a step further towards missing out on finals football.

It was Canberra who got off to the perfect start, after a Michelle Heyman pass resulted in Allira Toby being pulled down in the box.

After a slight delay the decision was a penalty, with Grace Maher slotting the ball into the bottom right corner past Perth goalkeeper Morgan Aquino in the 6th minute.

Heyman was nearly able to double the lead in the 25th minute, pushing past Perth defenders before being shut down early by Aquino.

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She was able to cut the ball back to Chelsee Washington, who couldn’t get it out of her feet before being tackled by a Glory defender.

Against the run of the play Perth were able to get the all-important equaliser just moments after Canberra goalkeeper Richards was assessed for a leg injury.

Off the drop ball Perth were able find space just outside the box, with striker Cyera Hintzen having enough time to turn and fire it into the bottom right corner to make it 1-1 in the 44th minute.

Despite chances falling both ways during stoppage time no one was able to make the most of it, with the first half ending all tied up at 1-1.

Half time substitute Ash Sykes was almost able to make an immediate impact, after a corner was almost pushed in by the wind.

The rebound found its way to the veteran, who went for power over placement and sent her shot flying over the bar.

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Yet again Canberra were made to pay for not capitalising on pressure, with Glory scoring the go ahead goal in the 64th minute.

It was Elizabeth Anton who eventually got the final touch after a goal mouth scramble, slotting it past Richards to give the away side a 2-1 lead.

Two turned to three in a matter of minutes as Hintzen was able to find space after a miscommunication in the Canberra backline to get her double.

She made no mistake, slotting it past an injured Richards in the 70th minute, who would soon be substituted for debutant Chloe Lincoln.

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Dreams of another Viking Park comeback soon filled the home stands, as a Margot Robbine corner found Washington’s head in the 79th minute.

Those dreams were answered after defender Lauren Keir was able to poke home a loose ball in the 84th minute, sending the home fans crazy.

Despite Perth having a chance to snatch the points late, Lincoln was up to the task, saving the match for the home side.

Canberra remain second last on the ladder and now face Wellington at home on Friday with both sides vying for their first win, whilst Perth play Adelaide in a crucial potentially top-four deciding clash.

Canberra United: 3 (Maher 6’, Washington 79’, Keir 84′)

Perth Glory: 3 (Hintzen 44’, 70’, Anton 64’)

Stadium: Viking Park, Wanniassa

Referee: Isabella Blaess

Assistant Referees: Lauren Hargrave and Delfina Dimoski

Fourth Official: Georgia Ghirardello

Canberra United: Keeley RICHARDS (GK) (Chloe Lincoln 73rd), Emma ILIJOSKI, Mikayla VIDMAR (Chloe MIDDLETON 85th), Ally HARAN, Lauren KEIR, Grace MAHER, Laura HUGHES, Allira TOBY (Margot ROBINNE 62nd), Chelsee WASHINGTON, Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG (Ash SYKES 46th), Michelle HEYMAN (C)

Unused subs: Sasha GROVE

Perth Glory: Morgan AQUINO (GK), Abbey GREEN (Sofia SAKALIS 75th), Kim CARROLL, Elizabeth ANTON, Natasha RIGBY, Sadie LAWRENCE (Sarah CAIN 56th), Mie Leth KARSHOJ, Hana LOWRY, Lisa DE VANNA (Demi KOULIZAKIS 56th) , Cyera HINTZEN (Aideen KEANE 73rd) Deborah-Anne de la HARPE

Unused subs: Courtney NEWBON (GK)

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United

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William Makepeace
Current Intern covering Canberra United. Sports Media student at University of Canberra who lives and breathes Football

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