W-League Preview: Canberra v City

The clash

Head Coach Rado Vidosic and his side will be determined to secure their first win of the season when they travel to McKellar Park to take on Canberra United on Sunday afternoon.

In Round 1, City played out a 1-1 draw with Newcastle Jets at No.2 Sportsground in Newcastle. Emily van Egmond opened the scoring against her former side, timing her long-range effort brilliantly to find the bottom corner in her City debut.

The Jets responded strongly in the second half as the home fans were sent into raptures following Teigan Collister’s terrific effort in the 67th minute.

City reacted well to the equaliser, desperate to find a winner, but were unable to convert after a flurry of chances. Seeking their first win of the season in Round 2, City are set for a difficult fixture against a high-flying Canberra United outfit.

Heather Garriock’s team are fresh off an impressive 2-0 win over Perth Glory at McKellar Park in Round 1. Inspired by their American import, Simone Charley, Canberra’s new recruit netted a quick-fire brace in the opening 11 minutes to steer her team to victory.

With both teams desperate to continue their unbeaten starts to the season, we’re set for an enthralling battle at a difficult venue in McKellar Park.

Team news

Aivi Luik and Rebekah Stott are named in the squad, as Kyah Simon returns from injury! See full Team News here.

Last time they met

The last time the two teams met was in Round 8 last season, as City claimed the three points in entertaining 3-0 win at AAMI Park.

A blistering first half performance by the hosts saw Rhali Dobson net an impressive brace as Kyah Simon also found the back of the net.

What was said

Melbourne City FC defender Ellie Carpenter

“Having this full week [together as a team] to build into Sunday is really important in building those relationships on the field. Canberra have a quality side this year with their internationals and a squad that’s full of depth so it’s going to be a good battle. I’m really excited to head back there.”

Canberra United forward Katie Stengel

“It’s just another opponent, on the weekend we have to put in our own strong performance, yeah they’re talented but I think we can match that.”

Where to watch

You can catch the action live on ABC TV, FOX Sports, Kayo Sports and MyFootball Live App.

Where and when

City take on Canberra United at McKellar Park on Sunday 24 November, kick-off 4:00pm, before hosting Adelaide United at John McEwan Reserve in Shepparton on Saturday 30 November, kick-off 7:00pm.