Canberra Protects Viking Park

Canberra United has continued their unbeaten start to the 2020/21 Westfield W-League season, snatching a late draw against Perth Glory.

Despite dominating the opening stages of the game, United had no luck in finding the back of the net.

Michelle Heyman proved a handful early on as the striker constantly slipped in behind the defence. Kiwi International Paige Satchell terrorised the defence with her pace, regularly putting the Perth backline under pressure.

Despite being on the backfoot for a majority of the opening stages, Perth did manage to create chances with Kat Jukic causing problems but fortunately for United, Lauren Keir was up to the task and did well to keep the striker away from goal.

The fullback duo of Isabella Foletta and Emma Ilijoski were seen charging down the wings on multiple occasions to create attacking chances for United.

Making her return between the sticks for United, Chantel Jones looked as if she had never left. The keeper came up clutch often, the highlight being a stunning point blank save to deny Marianna Tabain.

That crucial save from Jones would keep the scores level heading into the second half.

Much like the first half, United were on the attack instantly but were denied by Lily Alfeld in goals for the visitors.

There were plenty of chances for United with Satchell and Heyman combining on multiple occasions to trouble the Perth defence.

Grace Maher had a great opportunity to put United in front from a free-kick but was denied by a diving save from Alfeld.

Despite being in control all game, United soon fell behind as Elizabeth Anton scored for the visitors. With the ball bouncing around the box, it fell to Anton with the defender slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

However it took less than a minute for United to hit back, continuing the trend of scoring late goals. Substitute Hayley Taylor-Young poked the ball past Alfeld before it bounced off both posts and in.

Despite both sides pushing for a late winner, it was not to be with both teams leaving Viking Park with a share of the points.