Canberra gets winless monkey off their back

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Canberra United managed to get the winless monkey off their back this season in true fashion, walking away clear victors with a 5-0 win to mark their first in 10 attempts.

Things were starting to look bleak for United after they lost 3-0 to last-placed side Wellington Phoenix last week to continue their nine-game winless season. Before Western Sydney Wanderers became the victims of Canberra.

The two teams, who linger towards the lower end of the ladder, were playing for points but more importantly, pride.

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This resulted in Western Sydney suffering their sixth consecutive loss in the A-League Women’s and yet another goalless game.

They have now lost 5-0 twice in a row, after being defeated by Melbourne Victory earlier in the week by the same score.

The Red and Black demonstrated exceptional defending earlier in their campaign but the cracks are beginning to show, along with their growing frustration.

With only a few games left in the season, the Wanderers are not looking for a top spot. They’ve got nothing to lose, however, but want to avoid the wooden spoon at all costs.

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Catherine Cannuli’s response to this was to make changes when time and time again, results were not being delivered.

The decision to substitute goalkeeper Sarah Langman came after the disheartening loss against Victory, with Sham Khamis taking her place.

This proved to be a fruitless decision after suffering the same fate. The biggest battle for Western Sydney remains in the midfield, where they lack the desperation to push forward.

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With star defender Claire Hunt’s shoulder reconstruction ruling her out, a leaky defence pushed them another spot down in the standings.

To 15-year-old Ella Abdul Massih’s delight, she was signed as an injury replacement and has made her second appearance against Canberra. Although her youthful spirit and confidence had little, to no impact with a team that had been crushed.

The wheels have fallen off big time for the Wanderers in their campaign. There has been consistently struggling to get goals in the net and have experience a progressive seepage in defence.

With the season nearing the end there is not much hope for the side, as finals are out of the question, but they will continue to work hard to re-gain their dignity.

Feature image: Steve Christo

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Paloma Darjani
Covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.

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