Match Preview – Newcastle Jets vs Canberra United

Canberra vs Perth goal

A thrilling last minute victory over Perth Glory in Round 12 of the Westfield W-League has sent Canberra United to Newcastle with the wind behind them.

Their 3-2 win saw Nicki Flannery score her third goal in as many games, while Michelle Heyman’s brace wrote her into the history books.

It’s kept them in finals contention but now they face what historically has been tough for Canberra United – winning away from home.

If Canberra is to improve those road trip troubles though, Newcastle may just be the place to do it.

Last season, they won their first away game in 741 days against the Newcastle Jets.

Ashlie Crofts managed her first Westfield W-League goal, after receiving a long ball from Karly Roestbakken, and calmly tapping the ball into the net.

United’s lead was doubled three minutes later after a sumptuous through ball from Leena Khamis found Simone Charley, who slotted the ball past the keeper. 

After chances at both ends, the see-sawing match looked destined to end in a draw until United’s Norwegian striker ended the deadlock in the 81st minute.

The Newcastle Jets are playing for pride and they’ll be wanting to give their fans a fitting farewell for their last home game of the season. But Canberra’s drive for a spot in the top four may be just the thing to overturn them.

Kick-off is 6.35pm at No. 2 Sportsground.