Match Preview - Melbourne Victory vs Canberra United
With three wins, two draws and two losses under their belt, this Sunday is as crucial as it gets for Canberra United.
The side has dropped out of the top four, and now find themselves two points behind their Round 10 rivals, Melbourne Victory.
This Sunday afternoon will be the first time United takes on Jeff Hopkins’ side this season, and the first for Grace Maher after playing 18 games over two seasons for Victory, before moving back home to the nation’s capital.
Canberra will be looking to ruin the host’s three game winning streak, with their latest win over the Newcastle Jets seeing Kayla Morrison and Catherine Zimmerman get up early for Victory, all while keeping the Jets scoreless in a clinical 90 minute performance.
United has had two weeks to reflect and move on from their 2-1 loss to Adelaide United in Round 8, and are eager to overcome the wrongs and further work on the rights.
It will be a battle of the forwards this weekend, between legends of the game Michelle Heyman and Lisa de Vanna, who are expected to put on quite the show.
A memorable match up that United will no doubt hope to imitate, was during the 2016/17 season.
At home in front of more than one thousand passionate Canberra fans, United earned a comprehensive 5-1 over Victory with a scoring bonanza in the second half. In the 77th minute, Grace Maher took a left footed shot from the centre of the box, hitting the bottom left corner to get Canberra up by 2. Two more goals from Ashleigh Sykes and Yukari Kinga in extra time, saw the hosts the Round 14 heroes.