Canberra walk away with ‘heads held high’ after last-gasp City defeat

Heather Garriock had nothing but praise for her Canberra United side after it took a 94th-minute penalty for Melbourne City to record their first win of Westfield W-League Season 2019/20.

Emily van Egmond held her nerve from the spot in stoppage time to wrap up a 2-1 win for the three-time Westfield W-League champions at McKellar Park.

The Green Machine had taken a shock lead when Katie Stengel followed up after Camilla’s strike cannoned back off the City crossbar on 59 minutes.

The visitors, who controlled 67% of possession and led the shot count 20 to 9, hit back through Milica Mijatović eight minutes later.

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With the game dragging deep into injury time, Jessie Rasschaert was penalised for a foul on Yukari Kinga and Westfield Matilda van Egmond did the rest.

Ten of City’s starting 11 were senior internationals, with a collection of more than 600 caps, while Canberra’s three internationals – Camilla, captain Karly Roestbakken and Leena Khamis – share less than 50 caps between them.

“I’m so proud of the team,” head coach Garriock told

“What we’ve built in the last six weeks, we’re disappointed to lose to a star studded lineup with Melbourne City.

“We’re walking away with a lot of positives and with our head held high.”

Canberra opened their 2019/20 season with a 2-0 win against Grand Finallists Perth Glory in Round 1, and lie fourth in the Westfield W-League after two rounds.

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In Round 3, Canberra United are on the road against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday, 30 November. Kick-off: 4.30pm AEDT.
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Melbourne City host Adelaide United at John McEwan Reserve on Saturday, 30 November. Kick-off: 7pm AEDT.
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