Price eyeing off City challenge

She was one of Canberra United’s best players in round one, now Olivia Price is setting her sights on taking down a Westfield W-League powerhouse.

United will welcome Melbourne City to McKellar Park on Sunday afternoon, a club with a star-studded line up featuring no fewer than six Westfield Matildas.

Among those six is defender Ellie Carpenter, who spent the previous two seasons in Canberra and has quickly emerged as one of the best players in the country.

City also boast the likes of former United player and Japanese international Yukari Kinga, as well as Westfield Young Matilda Chelsea Blissett.

But United are riding high after their round one win over Perth Glory, and Price says she is looking forward to taking on some of the biggest names the competition has to offer.

“It’s always exciting when you know your coming up against world class players,” Price said.

“They’ve obviously got some great players in the midfield like Emily van Egmond and Steph Catley and they present a strong challenge.

“But at the same time, when I’m out on the field, I just focus on my job and what I can do to help my team.”

Olivia Price is closed down by Perth Glory midfielders.
Olivia Price is closed down by Perth Glory midfielders.

Price put in a stellar performance against the Glory, controlling the centre of midfield and completing in excess of 80 per cent of her passes.

The former Young Matilda knows this week will be a challenge, but says there is plenty of belief within the squad after their first up win.

“There’s always areas you can improve on, but I think we played well and started out strong,” Price said.

 “Winning our first game definitely bought our confidence up and we all believe in each other and believe that we can beat any team.”

United’s clash with City will kick off at 4pm at McKellar Park on Sunday November 24. If you want to #GoGreen with Canberra United, Season 12 memberships and tickets are now on sale on the Canberra United website.