Westfield W-League Round 11 | Preview

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It’s a battle of the Uniteds at McKellar Park on Sunday, as Canberra United host Adelaide thanks to Summerland Football. Adelaide are looking to shore up a finals spot as the race heats up, while for Canberra it is the last chance to make a push for a place in the top four.

 

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Canberra will be looking to maintain a strong record against the Lady Reds, having lost only three times in 16 encounters with only one of those losses coming at home back in October of 2014.

The Reds though will be looking to solidify their first ever finals appearance, as they sit poised to strike in fourth but only one point ahead of fifth place heading into Friday.

Former United players Michelle Heyman, Emma Checker and Kahlia Hogg all have the chance to take to the field at their former home ground as they return in this match but Canberra will be hoping there is no happy homecoming this time out.

United can continue their undefeated record at McKellar Park this season, having won twice and drawn twice against some of the top teams in the league.

Rhoda Mulaudzi has scored in every game so far at home, and after earning a call-up to the Banyana Banyana setup, she will be keen to get on the scoresheet before missing next Thursday’s game at Seiffert Oval along with fellow internationals Refiloe Jane and Maria Jose Rojas.

Karly Roestbakken will also be keen to continue a stellar season after picking up the December nomination for the Westfield W-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year award.

 

From The Coach |

On Karly…

“It’s a massive honour for Karly to be nominated for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award.

“She has worked hard and played almost every minute, particularly this season which is great and she just needs to continue her hard work to reach her goal of playing for the Matildas.”

“First and foremost she is an incredible athlete who is tough, fit, tenacious and she just wants to learn. She is so coachable, and the last couple of games she has really come out of her shell and shown some flair.

“Not only is it great for her but also for the club, it shows the definitive pathway that Canberra United has for young female footballers right through from the SAP Program up to the Westfield W-League which is so important.”

 

On Adelaide United…

“Veronica Latsko will be an important player that we need to shut down.

“She has been excellent so far this season and having someone like her up top is so important to be successful.

“They are a very disciplined outfit, particularly defensively and we struggled to break them down when we played them.

"That was early in the season and we’ve seen how good they are in transition, plus having a No. 9 like Latsko who can score from half chances makes them so dangerous.”

 

Squads |

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)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 3. Natasha PRIOR (Head - Season)

 

Adelaide United squad: 1.Sarah WILLACY(gk), 2.Emily HODGSON, 3.Charlotte GRANT, 4.Georgia IANNELLA, 5.Gunnhildur JONSDOTTIR, 6.Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 7.Isabel HODGSON, 8.Emily CONDON, 9.Fanndis FRIDRIKSDOTTIR, 11.Laura JOHNS, 12.Veronica LATSKO, 15.Emma CHECKER (c), 16.Dylan HOLMES, 17.Kahlia HOGG, 20.Sian McLAREN (gk), 22.Amber BROOKS, 23.Michelle HEYMAN

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 4.Georgia IANNELLA (promoted), 17.Kahlia HOGG (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 10.Chelsie DAWBER (shin), 14.Grace ABBEY (knee), 18.Meleri MULLAN (knee)

 

Match Details |

Westfield W-League Round 11 thanks to Summerland Football

Canberra United v Adelaide United

McKellar Park, Canberra

Sunday, 13th January – 4:00pm kick-off (AEDT)

LIVE on foxsports.com.au/live and the MyFootballLive App

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