Canberra United send out fearful warning to opposition

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Despite stringing together a convincing three-goal win over the Wellington Phoenix, Canberra United say they’re still finding their connections and that when they do find them, other teams should be afraid of their scoring ability.

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During the match, Grace Maher scored her first goal of the season but knows that her team still has room to build and opposing teams shouldn’t write them off just yet.

“If I was someone looking from the outside in at the games we’ve played and the things we’re creating; I’d be scared,” she said.

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After starting their season with two draws head coach Njegosh Popovich said that by staying persistent and positive his team is bound to get the opportunity to rake in some goals.

“I feel sorry for the team that does get on the back of that because we will score a bagful,” he said.

Wellington were the first team to suffer against Canberra’s attacking line and with plenty of matches still to play, it looks like they won’t be the last.

After the clinical performance Popovich reiterated again that his team still has further improvement to make the most of all opportunities that come their way.

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“I think we’ve got a lot more to improve, and as I said before we will bury a bagful once our girls start hitting the target,” he said.

One player who took it upon herself to “score a bagful” was the league’s leading goal scorer Michelle Heyman who contributed two goals for Canberra.

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Despite earning her first points this season, Heyman mirrored her team’s words that they are still fine tuning their style of play.

“I’m a bit disappointed in some of the shots I took but I think it’s nice to know that we’re creating chances and we’ve been doing really well at creating them and now it’s just making sure we finish those,” she said.

During the first few matches Heyman has shown the impact that her combination with Serbian teammate Vesna Milivojevic can have and said that their understanding gives her confidence in herself.

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“We’ve kind of got this running joke that no matter what I will just keep pushing players toward her to do the hard work and then she can throw the ball to me,” she said.

She also credits Vesna’s never-give-up attitude as a key to their partnership and a big motivator for Heyman during the match.

“It’s just a lot of fun. I think you can see that there’s fun on the field,” she said.

Canberra will be hopeful that their three-goal victory can be repeated and is an indication of a successful season ahead.

Feature image credit: Matt King

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Grace Buckmaster
Grace Buckmaster
Sports Media student at the University of Canberra. Covering Canberra United for the 2022/23 season. Women's sport enthusiast.

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