If we thought last week was a crucial clash for Canberra United, this weekend is do or die.
Canberra is still in the running for a top four spot in the Westfield W-League but it’s going to be a tough slog home.
Their Round 10 match saw them come away with a 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory on the road, with a half time goal from Nicki Flannery and some great displays of defensive effort in the final 45 minutes.
They will need to bring that same backend effort into Sunday, when they host second placed Brisbane Roar.
Brisbane are yet to lose a game this season and will no doubt be determined to keep that undefeated record and bring in Clare Polkinghorne’s 150th Westfield W-League appearance in style.
Canberra however know they have the personnel and the belief to get the three points, as they work on not only creating more chances but finishing them too.
United also have the home side advantage, which is proving to be a powerful force, the side yet to lose any matches at Viking Park this 2020/21 season.
This is the second time the two sides have faced off this season, drawing 1-1 back in Round 3, thanks to a brilliant long range shot from Grace Maher.
Up front, Canberra showed moments of danger while they were also able to keep Brisbane’s attack at bay, with only one ball reaching the net; Katrina Gorry rocketing the ball into the goal just two minutes into the match.
Canberra will be looking to avoid a replay of that by stamping their authority on the game as soon as the starting whistle sounds at 4.05pm.