Match Preview – Perth Glory vs Canberra United

Canberra Shares the Points at home

They toppled the previously unbeaten Brisbane Roar to record their first win in weeks, Michelle Heyman equalled the Westfield W-League goal scoring record, Bianca Galic scored her first goal in green and to top it all off, they get an extra game at their Viking Park fortress.

The stars have aligned for Canberra United at a crucial time in the season, now within arm’s length of their first finals appearance in years.

Taking on Perth Glory on Friday night, the side will be going into the match with the wind behind them, proud of their most recent performance and elated at being home.

United’s defence was near impenetrable on Sunday, with Kendall Fletcher, Emma Ilijoski, Jessika Nash and Lauren Keir protecting their end of the paddock seamlessly.

Up front it was a goal scoring bonanza, with controlled passages of play seeing Nicki Flannery, Grace Maher, Michelle Heyman and Bianca Galic all put their names on the scoresheet.

But they will know not to take Perth Glory lightly, who are hungry to claim their first win of the season.

Perth’s latest clash saw them succumb to the Newcastle Jets 4-0, with plenty of attacking chances that just fell short. Mistakes outweighed their moments of magic but the side still showed plenty of promise.

This is the second time the two sides have met at Viking Park this season. Round 5 saw them share the points, with the teams each scoring a goal within minutes.

Despite being in control all game, United fell behind in the 86th minute, as Perth’s Elizabeth Anton scored for the visitors. With the ball bouncing around the box, it fell to Anton with the defender slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

It took less than a minute for United to hit back, continuing the trend of scoring late goals. Substitute Hayley Taylor-Young poked the ball past Alfeld before it bounced off both posts and in.