Match preview: Melbourne City v Canberra United
Melbourne City are convinced they are “starting to come together” ahead of the crucial finals run-in, according to goalkeeper Lydia Williams.
City faces Canberra United on Saturday afternoon at AAMI Park (kickoff 5.00pm AEDT) searching for just their third win of the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season.
The three-time defending Champions struggled for form in the early rounds of the campaign but entered a bye off the back of a morale-boosting 3-1 win at Newcastle Jets.
“Having everyone back and getting the result that we did… I think is a good sign,” Williams told www.w-league.com.au.
While City are in unfamiliar territory towards the bottom of the table, Canberra are one point ahead of them after winning two, drawing two and losing two of their first matches.
One of those triumphs came in Round 1 against City as Rhoda Mulaudzi and Ellie Carpenter scored in a 2-0 win at Belconnen Soccer Centre.
United will face a very different City team on this occasion, though, with the clash likely to be a real litmus test for Rado Vidosic’s side.
Ins and outs
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 2.Yukari KINGA, 3.Lauren BARNES, 4.Chelsea BLISSETT, 5.Helen CACERES, 7.Steph CATLEY, 8.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 11.Rhali DOBSON, 12.Adriana JONES, 13.Rebekah STOTT, 15.Amy JACKSON, 17.Kyah SIMON, 22.Jasmyne SPENCER, 23.Melissa BARBIERI (gk), 31.Tameka BUTT, 88.Theresa NIELSEN
**one to be omitted**
Ins: 15.Amy JACKSON (promoted)
Canberra United squad: 1. Melissa MAIZELS (gk), 2. Laura HUGHES, 4. Rachel CORSIE (c), 5. Nikola ORGILL, 6. Refiloe JANE, 8. Olivia PRICE, 9. Rhoda MULAUDZI, 10. Paige NIELSEN, 11. Denise O'SULLIVAN, 12. Lauren KEIR, 15. Rosie GALEA, 16. Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 17. Maddy WHITTALL, 18. Taren KING, 19. Nickoletta FLANNERY, 20. Shamiran KHAMIS (gk), 21. Ellie CARPENTER
*two to be omitted*
Ins: 12. Lauren KEIR (Promoted), 15. Rosie GALEA (Promoted), 17. Maddy WHITTALL (Promoted)
Outs: 13. Meaghan McElligott (Not Selected)
Unavailable: 3. Natasha PRIOR (Head - Unknown), 7. Aoife COLVILL (Foot – 1-2 Weeks)
How to watch
You can stream this match on the MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers.
For viewers outside Australia and New Zealand without a broadcasting rights holder, you can watch games on the My Football Youtube channel.
Be there as City take on Canberra United - the first leg of a double-header that also features the Hyundai A-League Melbourne Derby. Get your ticket here.