Midweek match key for Canberra

Canberra United hosts Perth Glory tomorrow at Deakin Stadium.

Wednesday 5th December 2012 Canberra United v Perth Glory Deakin Stadium, Kick off 6pm

Canberra United hosts Perth Glory at Deakin Stadium on a Wednesday evening in the first official match played by the club in midweek in a re-arranged match from Round 7 of the Westfield W-League. This game, of course, was originally scheduled for Saturday 24th November but has re-organized as United travelled to Japan to participate in the inaugural International Women-s Club Championship. Despite that though, we are anticipating a large crowd for a meeting between two teams who have been amongst the goals so far in 2012/13.

It-s a vital match for Canberra who needs a win if they are to keep in touch with the top four but Perth, currently sitting pretty on top of the pile, will be a tough assignment. The Glory have completely turned around their fortunes after a difficult 2011/12 season and are in red hot form boasting several in-form players including league leading scorer Katie Gill who has six to her name.

Goals are never in short supply when Canberra meets Perth in any case with the six matches between the pair seeing 23 goals scored. The last meeting between the clubs was in Round 2 last season when United triumphed 3-2 at McKellar Park thanks, in large part, to a hat-trick from Michelle Heyman. The prolific striker-s treble was the second scored by her against the Western Australians, the only two times in Canberra United history that a player has struck three times in a match. Despite two draws, Perth has never beaten Canberra in a Westfield W-League fixture with United having the upper hand in the other four clashes, twice finding four goals.

In Season 1 Canberra visited Perth and came away with a 2-2 draw after recovering from being 0-2 behind. There then followed a second 2-2 draw a year later before the first meeting between the clubs in the Nations- capital, a match United cruised through claiming a 4-0 success. Ellie Raymond scoring her only Canberra United goal in the victory to add to strikes from Ashleigh Sykes, Ellie Brush and a Jaymee Gibbons own goal. Season 3 brought much of the same as United thumped the Glory 4-1 in the season opener at 6PR Stadium in Perth. Heyman bagged three and midfielder Cian Maciejewski netted what proved to be her third and last goal for the club.

Canberra has played one midweek match before, in an unofficial capacity, as they met the touring South Korea ‘B- team at Deakin Stadium. The hosts played an experimental line-up with Catherine Brown, now amongst the Canberra roster, one of several youngsters given a chance to impress. The Koreans won the match 3-1. So something new for the fans as they look forward to a Wednesday night showdown between two of the competitions leading lights. It-s a tough one to call either way but an end-to-end battle is in store on what should be a memorable occasion.

Tickets will be on sale at the gate and green members are reminded that they will have allocated seating in the covered stand on the far end (Adelaide Avenue end) as you enter Deakin Stadium. Should you have any queries our staff will be happy to help. A full range of merchandise, ideal for Christmas, will also be on sale at the venue.

Canberra United:1. Mackenzie Arnold, 2. Caitlin Cooper, 3. Georgia Yeoman-Dale, 4. Christine Walters, 5. Grace Field, 6. Caitlin Munoz, 7. Ellie Brush, 8. Hayley Raso, 10. Snez Veljanovska, 11. Michelle Heyman, 12. Sally Rojahn, 13. Nicole Sykes, 15. Sally Shipard, 16. Catherine Brown, 18. Samantha Wood, 19. Jennifer Bisset, 20. Trudy Burke


Unavailable:9. Grace Gill (injured), 14. Ashleigh Sykes (injured), 17. Ariane Hingst (injured)