Points shared in Thriller in the West


A second-half equaliser from Elise Thorsnes secured a 4-4 draw for Canberra United in a wild Round 12 Westfield W-League encounter in Bunbury.

After coming back from 3-0 down United left it for Thorsnes to complete the comeback at 4-4, with both sides having chances to win it as time wound down.

The hosts got off to a good start when dynamic forward Sam Kerr netted just 13 minutes in as she raced onto Rachel Hill’s through ball to score. She had a brace just 3 minutes later too after United failed to clear a ball in the area, and Kerr poked it home to leave Canberra reeling.

Ash Sykes looked to respond for the visitors but had her long-range effort saved, and with 22 minutes gone Kerr turned provider for Hill with a neat cross that the American tapped home to give the Glory a 3-0 lead.

But Sykes gave United hope shortly after as she latched onto a good pass and slotted home to cut the deficit. Michelle Heyman had a good chance only to see Melissa Maizels pull off a brilliant save, but Sykes scored again just moments later as she finished off a Laura Bassett corner.

The end to end action continued as the break approached, with neither side showing any desire to slow the pace.

Sykes had another chance go just wide, before the excellent Haley Kopmeyer denied Kerr twice in a matter of minutes. She could only keep the Chicago forward at bay for so long though, and it was again Hill picking out Kerr who raced in on goal and made no mistake.

The margin was all set to be two goals at the break, only for United youngster Grace Maher to offer her side a lifeline as her free kick was too strong for Maizels and found its way in on the stroke of the break.

The first 15 minutes of the second stanza shockingly saw no goals, as the pace of the game lulled slightly. But that would not last long as Bassett floated a free kick into the area for Thorsnes to smash home and incredibly pull her side level.

The game continued at a frenetic pace as the evening wore on, and both sides had chances to win it but were denied by fantastic performances from Kopmeyer and Maizels in their respective goalmouths.

Perth find themselves all but out of finals contention now, while United turn their attentions to Newcastle next week and the Roar in the final week.

Supporters have a brilliant opportunity to join the team in Brisbane for the Round 14 blockbuster thanks to JT Sports Tours. Find more info on the Supporter trip here.