Heather Garriock and Canberra United will look to keep the ball rolling when they face Western Sydney Wanderers in Westfield W-League Round 11 at McKellar Park on Sunday.
The 6-1 win over Adelaide United last weekend was a jump back into form, after three weeks without a match.
Elise Thorsnes scored three as she finally clicked in the Westfield W-League, and the Norwegian will prove more than a handful for the Wanderers defence alongside Ashleigh Sykes and Michelle Heyman.
Heyman will make her 100th Westfield W-League appearance, a milestone she says she is excited to reach in Green.
“It’s a pretty exciting feeling. I’m very happy to be able to do it with Canberra United.”
It’s really great to be able to get it done with this team and this club.”
Heyman did not score in Sunday’s rout but was everywhere else, helping to facilitate as she sat deeper and supplied her strike partners.
Head Coach Garriock said that Heyman’s impact can be seen everywhere, even when she doesn’t score.
“While she wasn’t on the score sheet, she contributed in so many ways and I think that was one of her better games,” Garriock said.
On Friday Garriock praised the Wanderers defence, admitting that United’s forward line would have their work cut out to break them down. But one must take encouragement out of the way United picked apart Adelaide last weekend and continued to create chances even when the game was won.
Clare Hunt will likely be a game time decision this weekend after being taken off the field late on Sunday, meaning Garriock may need to make a change at the back. Ashleigh Sykes is ready to go though after she left the field as a precaution, meaning the front three will start together once more, a seemingly rare occurence this season.
A win for United will be a big boost as they look to make ground on the top four, all of whom they have a game in hand on thanks to previous byes. Momentum from this match is also key as the next three weeks brings three of the top five teams in the competition, a test which United will need to pass with flying colours on the way to the finals.
Canberra United v Western Sydney Wanderers FC
McKellar Park, McKellar
Kick-Off: 4:30pm (Local) (4:30pm (AEDT))
Referee: Casey Reibelt
Assistant Referee 1: Nia Southwell
Assistant Referee 2: Lauren Hargrave
Fourth Official: Delfina Dimoski
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Canberra United Squad: 1.Haley KOPMEYER (Gk), 3. Clare HUNT 4.Toni PRESSLEY, 8.Liana DANASKOS, 10.Grace MAHER, 11.Elise THORSNES, 12.Bethany GORDON, 14.Ashleigh SYKES, 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 17.Madelyn WHITTALL 18.Taren KING, 19. Aoife COLVILL, 20.Amy SAYER, 21.Ellie CARPENTER, 23.Michelle HEYMAN, 34.Laura BASSETT, 36.Georgia BORIC (Gk)
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 17. Maddy WHITTALL (Promoted), 19. Aoife COLVILL (Promoted)
Unavailable: 7.Nicki FLANNERY (foot – indefinite)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Squad: 1.Jada WHYMAN (Gk), 2.Maruschka WALDUS, 3.Jennifer BISSET, 4.Chloe O’BRIEN, 5.Kahlia HOGG, 6.Lo’eau LABONTA, 7.Ellie BRUSH, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 10.Lee FALKON, 11.Marlous PIEETE, 12.Rachel LOWE, 13.Olivia PRICE, 15.Talitha KRAMER, 16.Alix ROBERTS, 18.Alexandra HUYNH, 19.Susan PHONGSONGKHAM, 30.Nicole SIMONSEN (Gk)
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Jennifer BISSET (promoted), 4.Chloe O’Brien (promoted), 15.Talitha KRAMER (promoted), 30.Nicole SIMONSEN (promoted)
Outs: 20.Trudy BURKE (injured – season), 9.Rosie SUTTON (injured – season)