Canberra United’s 2023/2024 pre-season kicks into gear with a visit to Forbes to tackle Western Sydney Wanderers in the Forbes Challenge Cup at the Botanical Gardens ground in late September.

The fixture was originally due to be played in Forbes in October last year but flooding in the region caused the postponement of the eagerly awaited clash. But now the two teams are ready to go as they seek to continue their build-up to the new Liberty A-League season.

“The team is really looking forward to making the trip interstate to Forbes for the Challenge Cup having been forced to postpone the meeting heading into last season,” Njegosh Popovich, Canberra United Head Coach, said.

“We have a new-look group this season, with some returning players from 2022/23, and I have been pleased with the way the team has been shaping up in our training sessions ahead of this match.  

“Pre-season games are always important in terms of getting minutes into the players legs and travelling interstate to visit Forbes for this match is refreshing. It’s wonderful to take the Liberty A-League to rural Australia and we are anticipating an excellent trip.”

United met the Wanderers twice in quick succession in Season 15, the first match at McKellar Park ending in a comfortable home 3-0 victory thanks to a Michelle Heyman brace and a first Liberty A-League goal for Sasha Grove.

The return match at Wanderers Park was played a month later and ended up as a 1-1 draw, Vesna Milivojevic scoring a stunning goal for Canberra United, one of eight strikes that the attacking midfielder managed in her debut season for the club.

Canberra United’s 2023/2024 Liberty A-League season begins on Saturday 15 October with a visit to Cooper’s Stadium in South Australia to take on Adelaide United. The first home match of the new campaign will see Perth Glory travel to McKellar Park on Saturday 4 November in Round 3.

That match is one of eleven home fixtures on offer for supporters in the new season as the league expands to 22 rounds with the reintroduction of the Central Coast Mariners.

Canberra United Memberships for the 2023/2024 Liberty A-League season are on sale now and with more matches than ever before offer the best value way to catch every minute of liberty A-League action.

For full details on a membership to suit you, please visit 2023/24 Memberships – Canberra United.


Forbes Challenge Cup

Saturday 23 September 2023

Western Sydney Wanderers v Canberra United

(Botanical Gardens, Forbes, 15:00)


Tickets are available from $6.61 for General Admission (children) and $11.90 for General Admission (adults), with a family pass of 2 adults and 4 children costing $27.78.

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