Canberra United’s Foxtel Y-League side will return home for the first time in a month when they host Sydney FC at McKellar Park on Sunday (15 December).
United hasn’t played at McKellar since the opening round of the season, where they fell narrowly to a clinical Central Coast Mariners side.
Since then they have suffered consecutive defeats on the road, losing 2-0 to the Western Sydney Wanderers and 6-1 to a classy Newcastle Jets outfit, before having a bye in Round 4.
Slow starts have been the main reason behind Canberra’s struggles this season.
Both goals against the Wanderers were conceded inside the first 12 minutes, while three early goals to the Jets meant our Round 3 clash was all but over within 25 minutes.
But United head coach Ray Junna says his side have shown promise in each of their outings thus far.
“We’ve had some good spells in all of the games this season, but have been punished by some basic fundamentals,” Junna said.
“To the boys credit, they have worked hard in every game and we’ve always finished the games strongly.”
There have also been plenty of individual standouts for Junna’s side, with captain and goalkeeper Sam Brown in excellent form in between the sticks and Nikola Ujdur proving to be a shining light up front.
The squad will undoubtedly face their toughest test of the season on Sunday though, as they do battle with an undefeated Sydney FC side.
The Sky Blues currently sit atop the Pool B standings with two wins and a draw, and United will need to be at their very best if they are to take any points from this clash.
Match details for Round 5 of the Foxtel Y-League |
Canberra United v Sydney FC
Kick off at 4pm on Sunday 15 December