December 6, 2014 – 7:49PM
Sports reporter at The Canberra Times
Lori Lindsey will be hoping Sunday’s match against Perth Glory isn’t her last. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Canberra United must take at least a point from a side which has lost just one game all season to keep their W-League title dream alive.
To squeeze into the finals, United need to get a result against runaway minor premiers Perth Glory at Viking Park on Sunday.
United were shunted back to fifth on the table after Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets played out a 2-2 draw in Sydney on Saturday. That result moved Sydney FC up to third on 18 points.
Caitlin Foord of the Glory and Stephanie Ochs of Canberra United contest the ball the last time the two teams met.
Fourth-placed Newcastle have the same number of points as Canberra (17), but have a superior goal difference (+4 compared to +3).
United will finish third and set up an away semi-final with Melbourne Victory if they beat or draw with the Glory. But having had an inconsistent season so far, United coach Elisabeth Migchelsen said it was up to her side to rise to the occasion.
“We had enough chances and now we are in this position where we have to get a result against Perth and we did that by ourselves,” Migchelsen said. “Of course, it would have been better if either Sydney or Newcastle had have won today.
“There are no presents for Canberra United this season in all aspects of the football game, so tomorrow it’s up to the girls to get a good result against Perth.”
Perth have clearly been the benchmark team in the competition, winning 10 of their 11 games to establish a 10-point buffer over Melbourne and a goal difference of +30. That included a 3-0 victory against United when the sides met in Perth.
“What we learned is that we need to be clinical in our finishing and try to minimise our errors,” Migchelsen said. “For me, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we just need to get a result.”
Barring Canberra hosting the grand final, it will be the final game in the national capital for United’s midfield general Lori Lindsey.
The American international is retiring at the end of the season and has been a wonderful addition to United and the W-League during the past two years.
The 34-year-old will be looking to finish her stellar career on a high after gaining 31 caps for the US and playing at the 2011 women’s World Cup.
United will also be playing at Viking Park for the first time. The ground hosted the FFA Cup tie between Tuggeranong United and A-League powerhouse Melbourne Victory.
SUNDAY: W-League: Canberra United v Perth Glory at Viking Park, Wanniassa, 3pm. TV: Live on ABC 1.
Source : The Canberra Times