‘The rest of our games are must-win’ – Canberra United chasing late finals run

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It may have taken a while for Canberra United to find their feet, but heading into the last few weeks of the regular competition they are poised to potentially steal a spot in the finals.

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Following their dominant effort over the Newcastle Jets, and surprise 2-1 win over powerhouse Sydney FC, Canberra has now moved up to fifth place on the ladder and sit just five points off a fourth placed Melbourne Victory.

Canberra player, Sofia Christopherson, sat out the last two matches due to an ankle injury but the importance of the feat was not lost on her.

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“Personally, I believe Sydney FC is the best team in the comp and I think we proved out there that we can beat the top teams and that we have a real shot at finals,” she said.

While the win puts them on a two-match winning streak, Canberra must hope their consistency is here to stay as prior to the Newcastle win, they conceded 10 unanswered goals in only two matches.

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Midfielder, Chloe Middleton, knows their season has been far from ideal but the last two results prove her team has what it takes to finish out the season.

“The win was really huge for us, it gives us a lot of confidence moving forward into the next six games and it gives the girls a lot of confidence knowing we can challenge the top teams and be a real contender,” Middleton said.

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Canberra’s next match up is against the Western Sydney Wanderers who currently sit in eighth position. However, the Wanderers are the only team in the competition to have beaten both the top two heavyweights, Western United and Melbourne City.

Middleton says their position on the ladder changes nothing about how Canberra will approach this match as they push to try and qualify for the finals.

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“It’s definitely a must-win game for us, all the rest of our games are must win,”

The FIFA window meant that Canberra earned a week off between their two Sydney matches which may have come at the perfect time as they look to overcome some injuries and claw their way into the top four.

Feature Image Credit: Anthony Caffery Photography

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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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