Finals spot up for grabs as United host Jets


Canberra United will face the Newcastle Jets at McKellar Park knowing that a win will seal another top four spot and Westfield W-League finals berth.

Three points will put United above both the Jets and Melbourne City, with those two sides set to face off in the final weekend of the season, meaning both could not overtake United.

Last weekend’s draw with Perth provided a result that wasn’t perfect, but still gave United a valuable point while all but doing way with one of their rivals for the top four.

The match was a continuation of goalscoring form for the side this month but Heather Garriock will be hoping for a better defensive showing on a flat pitch this weekend at home.

“Obviously we know that this match is an important one and we have the chance to grab a finals spot,” she said.

“But we approach it like other games, we want to stop them scoring and make sure we convert any chances we have.”

The two sides met earlier this season in Newcastle, with United coming back from a goal down to rescue a crucial 2-1 win. 

A number of players on both sides will be facing former teammates, meaning that a bit of extra spice could be added to what will already be an important fixture for both clubs.

Liana Danaskos will face her old side once more, this time in Green, while Hannah Brewer will turn out for the Jets at McKellar Park.

The Jets will be desperate for the three points as well ahead of a big clash with Melbourne City in the final round, and a loss here would essentially turn that match into a sudden death clash.

Match Details

Canberra United v Newcastle Jets

McKellar Park, McKellar

Kick-Off: 4:30pm (Local) (4:30pm (AEDT))

Referee: Rebecca Durcau

Assistant Referee 1: Delfina Dimoski

Assistant Referee 2: Georgia Ghirardello

Fourth Official: Alex Twomey

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Canberra United squad: 1.Haley KOPMEYER (Gk), 3.Clare HUNT, 4.Toni PRESSLEY, 6.Caitlin MUNOZ, 7. Nickoletta FLANNERY, 8.Liana DANASKOS, 10.Grace MAHER, 11.Elise THORSNES, 14.Ashleigh SYKES, 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 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: 7.Nickoletta FLANNERY (Promoted), 19. Aoife COLVILL (Promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil


Newcastle Jets squad: 2.Hannah BREWER, 3.Natasha PRIOR, 5.Arin GILLILAND, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 7.Gema SIMON, 8.Sophie NENADOVIC, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Emily VAN EGMOND (c), 11.Cortnee VINE, 12.Tara ANDREWS, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 20.Claire COEHLO (gk), 21.Panayiota PETRATOS, 23.Tori HUSTER, 28.Britt ECKERSTROM (gk)

**one to be omitted**

Ins: 12.Tara ANDREWS (promoted), 21.Panayiota PETRATOS (promoted)

Outs: 16.Nikola ORGILL (virus – 1 week)

Unavailable: Nil