Match Preview – Melbourne Victory v Canberra United

Canberra United is rearing to go for their Melbourne Victory rematch, set to kick off at AAMI Park in the final Friday night match of the women’s regular season.

The side has seen a resurgence in the past few weeks and it’s been brilliant to watch, with goals, saves and successful challenges stealing the show.

They’ll be looking to bring that determination into their Round 14 match, after their last encounter with Victory saw the night end in a draw at Viking Park. Up 2-0 against the defending champions, United came agonizingly close to securing the win before Melbourne clawed back with two goals in the final minutes.

This Friday night could seriously impact which teams make the top four. If Canberra beats Melbourne and Perth beats Wellington, Victory will be nudged out and replaced by Glory.

With Canberra’s rescheduled match against Brisbane Roar postponed due to the severe weather in Queensland, the team was able to get a full week of training under their belts and fully focus on the task at hand.

Canberra United defender Ally Haran said they’re fortunate to be going into the game with fresh legs.

“We’ve been able to get in good sessions this week and we’re feeling confident that we’ve done all the right things and hopefully we can put together a great game,” she said.

“We’re coming into our form and are now able to show what we have. I mean confidence is key but we’ve also just been able to execute what we’ve been trying to all season.

“We’ve really felt all year that we’ve been competing, that we’ve been on the field playing well. It’s just been the final product of keeping teams from scoring and putting some away ourselves. It’s great that we’ve been able to show we can compete and don’t deserve to be at the bottom of the table, in my opinion! It’s nice to be able to get some points and move up the ladder.

“There hasn’t been that much of a change, it’s really just those final touches and just being able to do the super simple things right and just putting away the chances that we do get and I feel like that when you do put away chances early, it changes the game.”


vs Melbourne Victory

4 March, 2022