Western United record biggest ever win over Canberra United

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In the first-ever matchup between these two United sides it was Western who took out the first ever honours in a dominant 5-0 victory.

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It was a tale of two halves with Western United serving up a scoring masterclass in the first term, but a deflated Canberra United team manage to keep the second half scoreless.

There was a bit of a change up for Canberra’s initial line-up as they played their first match this season with Grace Jale starting on the bench and Nickoletta Flannery sitting out. It was some familiar faces that filled their spots with Grace Maher and Kennedy Faulknor both returning to starting eleven.

Western United were also boosted by some new faces to their line-up, with captain Jaclyn Sawicki and new signing Danielle Steer both earning their first starts this season.

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The visitors felt very comfortable in the first half, finding the chink in Canberra’s armour just five minutes in with a header from Canadian Danielle Steer finding the back of the net.

Her performance didn’t end there as Steer found herself again with the ball, this time assisting Melissa Taranto to double their lead.

Western United made sure to keep up their dominance by scoring three more goals within the first half, including a back-to-back double from Hannah Keane and one goal from Sydney Cummings.

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Staring down the barrel of potentially their biggest ever loss, Canberra came back from the break to try and soften the blow.

They spent more of this half with the ball up their end of the field, even managing to get some close looks from Michelle Heyman and Vesna Milivojevic, but still were unable to get on the scoreboard.

Towards the end of the match players began to struggle in the Canberra heat, which gave bench players from both sides to get a run.

Neither side were able to find the back of the net in the second term, with Western’s clinical first half proving to be the difference.

Heading into round 13, Canberra will travel to Newcastle in hopes of a repeat of their last match up against the Jets. Meanwhile, Western United will return home to match up against Perth Glory.

 

Canberra United 0

Western United 5 (Steer 5’, M. Taranto 13’, Keane 23’ 39’, Cummings 42’)

Stadium: McKellar Park, Canberra

Referee: Rebecca Durcau

Assistant Referees: Lauren Hargrave and Delfina Dimoski

Fourth Official: Georgia Ghirardello

Canberra United: Chloe LINCOLN (GK), Emma ILIJOSKI, Kennedy FAULKNOR, Ellie BRUSH, Sasha GROVE (Sofia CHRISTOPHERSON 46’, Chloe MIDDLETON 77’), Grace MAHER, Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG (Holly MURRAY 77’), WU Chengshu, Laura HUGHES, Vesna MILIVOJEVIC, Michelle HEYMAN (C)

Unused subs: Keely SEGAVCIC (GK), Grace JALE

Western United: Hillary BEALL (GK), Sydney CUMMINGS, Alana CERNE, Danielle STEER (Kahli JOHNSON, Natasha DAKIC 86’), Aimee MEDWIN, Melissa TARANTO, Adriana TARANTO, Hannah KEANE, Tyla Jay VLAJNIC, Angie BEARD (Aleksandra SINCLAIR 65’), Jaclyn SAWICKI (C) (Emma ROBERS 46’)

Unused subs: Alyssa DALL’OSTE (GK)

 

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United

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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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