Canberra United clinch second win of the season as they put five past Newcastle


Canberra United claimed their second win in a row in the Westfield W-League with a 5-2 victory over Newcastle Jets at McKellar Park.

A brace from Michelle Heyman and goals to Nickoletta Flannery, Grace Maher and Stephanie Ochs ensured Canberra got the points at home, despite Rhali Dobson and Emma Stanbury scoring second half goals for the Jets.

The home side started far stronger and had a number of chances in the opening 20 minutes, with the Jets struggling to hold out the attack.

Canberra finally broke through after 19 minutes as Heyman turned her defender before firing low past Claire Coelho in the Jets goal.

Heyman was involved again in the 33rd minute, as Grace Maher’s cutback found her to dish off to Ochs, whose shot found the corner past Coelho.

Down 2-0 at the break, Newcastle looked a more determined side in the second half as Arin Gilliland had a chance after just five second-half minutes.

However, it did not take long for United to add to their lead, as Michelle Heyman pounced on a pass from Ashleigh Sykes to slip the ball past Coelho.

There was a brief spark of a comeback for the Jets in the 63rd minute, as Dobson converted a cross at the back post.

The home side made a immediate respone though, as Grace Maher drilled a low free-kick through a crowded penalty area and into the bottom corner of the net.

The closing stages were played at a frenetic pace, with both sides bombing forward in search of further goals, and Newcastle secured a second in the 88th minute through Emma Stanbury.

There was still enough time for United to fire back a goal of their own, with substitute Flannery finishing the scoring with a shot in off the inside of the post.

The win sees United move above the Jets and into second on goal difference ahead of the remaining fixtures this weekend.