Michelle Heyman early double secures Canberra United win over Wanderers

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Donned in rainbow pride jerseys, Canberra United turned it into a three-game win streak as they defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 3-0 at McKellar Park.

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With Clare Hunt back from her Matildas debut and ready to face her former club, she led the Wanderers into their first match in the nation’s capital since January 2021.

Despite missing Chinese international, Wu Chengshu, Canberra came into the match sitting just five points out from the top four and were eager to stay on their winning streak.

The home side came out firing from the first whistle and their urgency paid off when just four minutes in found Heyman with the ball who managed to roll it into the bottom left corner.

With Canberra now in front the match begun to get heated as both teams stepped up the physicality. The peak of the rough play was seen when Laura Hughes and Sheridan Gallagher got wrapped around each other while fighting for possession and both received a yellow card.

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A drinks break cooled the players both physically and mentally, but it was Canberra who came back with the momentum which resulted in a second goal to Heyman.

The Wanderers kept the pressure, keeping possession up their end for most of the half but were still unable to land a goal home.

The home side started the second half with just as much pace as the first, and it ended in the same result when some brilliance from Nickoletta Flannery found Sasha Grove who managed to record her first A-League goal.

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As both teams made the most of their substitutes, the intensity picked back up as the Wanderers went looking for a spot on the scoresheet.

Canberra goalkeeper, Chloe Lincoln, remained under the pump as she stopped several shots on goal to end the game with a clean sheet.

Heading into their next match, Canberra will stay at home to host Adelaide United on Saturday 4th, while the Wanderers will make the trip to Perth on Sunday 5th to matchup against Glory.

 

Canberra United 3 (Heyman 4’ 25’, Grove 54’)

Western Sydney Wanderers 0

Stadium: McKellar Park, Canberra

Referee: Georgia Ghirardello

Assistant Referees: Lauren Hargrave and Maggie Price

Fourth Official: Mikayla Ryan

Canberra United: Chloe LINCOLN (GK), Holly MURRAY, Laura HUGHES, Ellie BRUSH (Kennedy FAULKNOR 71’), Sasha GROVE, Grace MAHER, Grace JALE (Emma ILIJOSKI 29’), Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG, Vesna MILIVOJEVIC (Chloe MIDDLETON 70’), Nickoletta FLANNERY, Michelle HEYMAN (C) (Ellen GETT 81’)

Unused subs: Keely RICHARDS (GK)

Western Sydney Wanderers: Jordyn BLOOMER (GK), Alexia APOSTOLAKIS, Clare HUNT (C) (Angelique HRISTODOULOU 61’), Danika MATOS, Amy HARRISON, Malia STEINMETZ (Angelique HRISTODOULOU 61’), Olivia PRICE (Sienna SAVESKA 74’), Bethany GORDON, Sheridan GALLAGHER (Cushla RUE 75’), Sophie HARDING, Gemma FERRIS

Unused subs: Shamiran KHAMIS (GK)

Feature Image Credit: Anthony Caffery Photography

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

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