Michelle Heyman masterclass gives Canberra first home win of the season

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Michelle Heyman proved why she is still one of the best players in A-League Women’s football on Friday evening, with the striker’s double firing her team to a 3-0 win.

After three draws at home this season, Canberra were able to break a near year long drought, collecting the three points in front of a passionate home crowd who braved the wet conditions.

It was Newcastle who had the first chance of note, with Jemma House finding space behind the Canberra defensive line.

She was not able to convert the chance, injuring herself in the process of a one-on-one with goalkeeper Chloe Lincoln before soon getting substituted.

It was instead Canberra who were able to find the opener in the 11th minute through Allira Toby.

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The striker found space after some scrappy play in Newcastle’s box, blasting it home from close range to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

Despite their best efforts, both teams struggled to capitalise over the next fifteen minutes, with the nature of the pitch affecting the style of football.

Canberra did find a way to double their lead in the 29th minute, coming off a Lauren Keir corner.

Ally Haran was able jump over the stagnant Newcastle defensive line, heading it to captain Michelle Heyman who made no mistake right in front to make it 2-0.

On the stroke of half time the home side could only extend their lead further, with Heyman finding some space after a defensive error in the 45th.

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Despite the oncoming Jets defence, she was able to calmly convert, with Canberra taking the 3-0 lead into the half-time break.

Newcastle almost had the perfect start to the second half after Ashlee Brodigan found space inside the home teams penalty area.

The winger could not convert, sending the shot, and their chance to put a dint in the deficit, wide.

Three soon nearly became four after substitute Holly Caspers found space in the 58th minute after a perfectly weighted ball from Margot Robbine.

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The young attacker could not quite convert the chance, with Newcastle keeper Claire Coelho diving low to block the shot.

Just six minutes later Canberra were again knocking on the door, as Chelsee Washington’s long range effort was only narrowly parried away for a corner.

Heyman nearly had her hat-trick in the 71st minute, finding space down the wing before firing in a shot at the near post. Coelho was again up to the challenge, blocking the driven effort.

Despite chances from both sides, no one could truely test either keeper in the second 45 minutes, with Canberra finishing the 3-0 victors.

The win now moves United up to sixth on the ladder, having picked up seven points from their last three matches.

They will now be looking to take this momentum into their next match on Monday in Brisbane, whilst Newcastle will be looking to improve when they come up against second place Melbourne City on Tuesday.

Canberra United: 3 (Toby 11’, Heyman 29’, 45+1’)

Newcastle Jets: 0

Stadium: Viking Park

Referee: Georgia Ghirardello

Assistant Referees: Maddy Allum and Delfina Dimoski

Fourth Official: Rebecca Mackie

Canberra United: Chloe Lincoln (GK), Emma ILIJOSKI, Ally HARAN, Lauren KEIR, Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG (Mikayla VIDMAR 76th), Laura Hughes, Grace MAHER, Chloe MIDDLETON (Chelsee WASHINGTON 45th), Allira TOBY (Margot ROBINNE 58th), Sasha GROVE (Holly CASPERS 58th), Michelle HEYMAN (C)

Unused subs: Christina ESPOSITO (GK)

Newcastle Jets: Claire COELHO, Hannah BREWER, Kirsty FENTON, Cassidy DAVIS (C), Tiana JABER, Elizabeth EDDY, Bethany GORDON, Lucy JOHNSON (Josie MAY MORLEY 76th), Sophie HARDING (Lara GOOCH 75th), Jemma HOUSE (Lauren ALLAN 13th), Ashlee BRODIGAN

Unused subs: Sophie MAGUS (GK)

Featured Image Credit: Mark Metcalfe

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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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