CANBERRA TOO STRONG FOR ADELAIDE IN WIN

United started on the front foot with Michelle Heyman slipping in behind after a quick throw-in, only to see her shot tipped wide by Annalee Grove and out for a corner.

Not long after that and the hosts had a free-kick in dangerous position deep into Canberra’s half, but it was not enough to trouble the defence, with the ball being cleared easily before shot over the bar.

Laura Hughes would try one from range but would see her effort sail into the hands of Grove in the Adelaide goal.

There were chances at either end as Nickoletta Flannery and Vesna Milivojevic tried their luck at breaking the deadlock. But it would be the all time leading goalscorer, Michelle Heyman, that would open the scoring for Canberra.

Receiving the ball outside the box, Heyman used her pace to get wide of the defence and slot the ball home, scoring her third goal of the season.

Not long after and Canberra would double their lead with midfield maestro Grace Maher scoring a breathtaking goal. After dispossessing her opponent, Maher let loose from range with the ball sailing into the back of the net.

There would be numerous chances again at either end but no more goals in the first half, with Canberra heading into the sheds with a two-goal lead.

It was a similar story in the second half as Canberra threatened early with a corner but to no avail. Adelaide threatened with chances of their own as Nanako Sasaki and Chelsie Dawber tried their luck but could not get past Chloe Lincoln in goals, backed up by a strong defensive line led by Ellie Brush.

Not wanting to ease off, Canberra continued to put pressure on the Adelaide goal, with Flannery bursting down the flanks all night. Maher, Milivojevic, and Grace Jale would also be a continuous danger for the hosts, creating numerous chances of their own throughout.

Adelaide would throw everything in attack in the closing stage but it would not be enough, as Canberra snapped a three game losing streak, winning two goals to nil.