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Canberra United are back in Thursday night action as they head West to take on the Glory at Dorrien Gardens in Perth thanks to JT Sports Tours. The Glory are looking to stay in touch with the top of the table, while United need a win to keep their finals chances burning as the season continues to be a tight race to the line.
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These two sides have produced some absolute thrillers, with 30 goals scored in the last four encounters between them including two 4-4 draws in the past two matches.
One of those draws was Perth’s incredible comeback from 4-1 down inside the final 20 minutes at McKellar Park, and United’s coach Heather Garriock spoke during the week about the importance of not switching off against a side that can be as dangerous as Perth are on their day.
The obvious name in the Perth side to be wary of is Sam Kerr, but Garriock highlighted the contributions of Rachel Hill and Alyssa Mautz too in detailing just how dangerous the forward line can be for the hosts.
Glory lost their first game of the season last weekend as they fell 2-1 to the Victory in Melbourne and will be aiming to bounce back and keep in touch with the ladder leaders with the season reaching crunch time.
A loss to Melbourne City two weeks ago compounded United’s woes on the road this season, with just the one point to show from their travels this season. A win against the Glory would not only buck that trend but give them important momentum heading into a tough January schedule.
From the Coach |
On closing out games…
“There were plenty of positives from the last game and we should’ve got the three points but we just weren’t clinical in the final third. That’s the big thing we’ve been working on this week and if we can get that right I am confident heading into this game.”
“Hopefully this one isn’t a 4-4 draw like the last one. We need to close out games better, particularly against Perth where we were up 4-1 and gave it away, the same against Wanderers with a late goal and then on Thursday we couldn’t finish them off.”
On the Glory…
Their front line is obviously their big strength with Kerr, Hill and Mautz all up there. It’s important that we eliminate the long balls to those girls.”
“I know that some of the girls are excited to play against Sam, and why wouldn’t you be? You want to play against the best in the world and she is an outstanding player, but one player doesn’t make the team.”
“I’m very confident in how backline standing up, they played well against an excellent player in Yuki [Nagasato] on Thursday and I know they’ll do that again.
Perth Glory squad: 1.Eliza CAMPBELL (gk), 3.Kim CARROLL, 4.Alyssa MAUTZ , 5.Shannon MAY, 7.Nicole STANTON , 9.Rachel HILL, 10.Jacynta GALABADAARACHCHI, 11.Leticia McKENNA , 12.Jenna ONIONS, 13.Jamie-Lee GALE, 15.Alexia MORENO, 20.Sam KERR (c), 21.Morgan AQUINO (gk) 22.Abbey GREEN, 24.Natasha RIGBY, 25.Katie NAUGHTON
**one to be omitted**
Ins: 15.Alexia MORENO (promoted)
Canberra United squad: 1.Melissa MAIZELS (gk), 2.Laura HUGHES, 4.Rachel CORSIE (c), 5.Nikola ORGILL, 6.Refiloe JANE, 8.Olivia PRICE, 9.Rhoda MULAUDZI, 12.Lauren KEIR, 13.Meaghan MCELLIGOTT, 14.Ashleigh SYKES, 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 17.Maddy WHITTALL, 18.Taren KING, 19.Nickoletta FLANNERY, 20.Shamiran KHAMIS (gk), 21.Ellie CARPENTER, 23.Maria JOSE ROJAS
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 13. Meaghan MCELLIGOTT (Promoted), 17.Maddy WHITTALL (Promoted)
Unavailable: 3. Natasha PRIOR (Head - Season), 7.Aoife COLVILL (Foot – 1-2 Weeks)
Match Details |
Westfield W-League Round 10
Perth Glory v Canberra United
Dorrien Gardens, Perth
Thursday, 3rd January – 5:30pm kick-off (Local), 8:30pm (AEDT)
LIVE on Fox Sports
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