Victory fight back to hold top four spot after last minute draw with Canberra

-

Melbourne Victory’s finals chances have received a late boost, after they were able to claw back a draw from an 80th minute 2-0 deficit.

The away team looked down and out in the 80th as Canberra United led 2-0, before two late goals proved enough on Tuesday night to give them a two point buffer on fifth place Perth.

It was Canberra who were able to get off to the brighter start, with Michelle Heyman finding space in the first three minutes, with her long range effort falling well wide of the target.

Catherine Zimmerman thought that she had found the opener in the 14th minute, after she was left free on the edge of the penalty area.

Embed from Getty Images

A brilliant diving save from Chloe Lincoln was all that stood between the striker and a goal, keeping the scores level in an end-to-end opening 15 minutes.

Chances without major substance followed for the next 20 minutes, with both teams having opportunities without truly testing either keeper.

It was not until the 41st minute when the deadlock was finally broken, when Heyman’s shot from range burst through Casey Dumont’s hands.

US import Chelsee Washington was on the spot to poke it in for United, giving the home side a deserved 1-0 lead.

Embed from Getty Images

On the stroke of half time Canberra doubled their lead, after Ash Sykes found some space inside the box.

She unselfishly laid it off to her long-time teammate Heyman, who made no mistake from six yards out to give her team a 2-0 half time lead.

It was, however, nearly the perfect start to the second half for Victory after Hayley Taylor-Young brought down a Victory player in the box in the 47th minute.

Delight turned to despair as Maja Markovski’s penalty was saved by Lincoln, who got her whole body behind a shot destined for the bottom right corner.

Despite Melbourne pushing hard over the following 20 minutes to get back into the match, they were not able to create anything of substance with Canberra controlling much of the possession.

Lincoln was called into action in the 80th minute, saving low with her legs after a Victory base line attempt.

She was, however, beaten in the 81st minute after substitute Alex Chidiac was able to find some space in the box.

Embed from Getty Images

She was able to get her head to a long range cross, firing it into the roof of the net to give Victory a glimmer of hope and make it 2-1.

The three point dream for United faded when defender Tiffany Eliadis was able to turn some scrappy play in the box during stoppage time, heading home the equaliser to silence the home crowd.

Despite Melbourne’s late pressure Canberra were able to hold on, with both sides having to be content with sharing the points.

Canberra will now look to get their first home victory in nearly a year against the Newcastle Jets on Friday, whilst Victory will be looking for a season defining three points when they come up against Adelaide United on Saturday.

Canberra United: 2 (Washington 41’, Heyman 45’)

Melbourne Victory: 2 (Chidiac 81′, Eliadis 90′)

Stadium: Viking Park

Referee: Rachel Mitchenson

Assistant Referees: Emma Kocbek and Delfina Dimoski

Fourth Official: Georgia Ghirardello

Canberra United: Chloe Lincoln (GK), Emma ILIJOSKI, Ally HARAN, Lauren KEIR, Hayley TAYLOR YOUNG, Laura Hughes, Grace MAHER, Chelsee WASHINGTON (Allira TOBY 64th) Sasha GROVE, Ash SYKES (Margot ROBINNE 46th), Michelle HEYMAN (C) (Chloe MIDDLETON 76th)

Unused subs: Christina ESPOSITO (GK), Mikayla VIDMAR

Melbourne Victory: Casey DUMONT (GK), Courtney NEVIN, Brooke HENDRIX, Tiffany ELIADIS, Polly DORAN, Paige ZOIS, Emma ROBERS (Maja MARKOVSKI 46th), Melindaj BARBIERI (Alexandra CHIDIAC 65th), Catherine ZIMMERMAN, Kyra COONEY-CROSS, Lia PRIVITELLI (C) (Harriet WITHERS 58th)

Unused Subs: Francesca IERMANO, Melissa MAIZELS (GK)

Enjoy this content? Support The Football Sack

Due in part to COVID and lack of current sponsorship we are at risk of not having the funds to continue running The Football Sack. If you enjoy our content and support our work in training talented young writers, please support us with a donation. If every reader contributed just $3, our funding would be covered for over ten years.

DONATE

Learn with us

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

Latest Articles

Love your football?
Subscribe to our weekly football wrap. During the season we'll send you all the week's football action straight to your inbox.
* indicates required