Canberra United v Melbourne City Player Ratings

Canberra United v Melbourne City Player Ratings

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Melbourne City have recorded their first win of the campaign after coming from behind to beat Canberra United 2-1 courtesy of Emily van Egmond's stoppage-time penalty.

Looking to bounce back from last week's disappointing draw in Newcastle, City's star-studded side did things the hard way.

An impressive Canberra United outfit took the lead through Katie Stengel in the 59th minute, however after Milica Mijatovic's first W-League goal had brought the sides level after 67 minutes, it was left to Emily van Egmond to secure all three points for the visitors with her ice-cool penalty deep into stoppage time. 

Canberra United

Sham Khamis - 8

Made a fantastic early save to deny Simon, and then was at her best once again in the second half to keep out van Egmond from close range.

Had a fantastic game but unfortunately could do little as Mijatovic cooly rounded her and finished, before being unlucky to get a hand on van Egmond's penalty but just couldn't keep it out.

Jessie Rasschaert - 6.5

The Canberra local had an impressive game, largely keeping the likes of Mijatovic and then Catley quiet, however her clumsy challenge on Yukari Kinga deep into stoppage time gifted City all three points.

Kaleigh Kurtz - 7

The American was rock solid at the back and led her young teammates around the park.

Nikola Orgill - 7.5

Had a great game, making countless last ditch tackles and blocks to keep City frustrated for large portions of the match.

Karly Roestbakken - 6.5

The Young Matilda was a constant outlet down the left flank, showing great engines to get up and down in an advanced fullback role, however she was quiet by her standards.

Laura Hughes - 7

Worked in tandem with Price to screen the backline and spent the majority of the game doing her best to disrupt City's attacks as the visitors dominated possession. Withdrawn after 74 minutes.

Olivia Price - 7

Like Hughes, contributed more defensively than with the ball as Canberra struggled to keep the ball for extended periods, but she kept van Egmond quiet throughout.

Simone Charley - 8.5

Had a quiet first half but burst into the spotlight in the second period with a number of weaving runs which left City defenders in her wake. At the heart of everything good for United, she struck the post with a cracking left foot strike and also started the move which opened the scoring.

Leena Khamis - 6.5

Always gives 110% and toiled hard for 74 minutes but did little to bother City's defence before being withdrawn.

Camila - 8

The Brazilian international was involved in everything today. Throwing her weight around in her defensive duties and then showing the typical South American flair you expect to see. Her wonderful long range strike rebounded off the post to present Stengel with the opener and she did not deserve to be on the losing side today.

Katie Stengel - 7

The prolific American got her goal, presented with the simplest of tasks after Camila's effort rebounded off the post, however she was isolated for large parts of the game and struggled to really leave her mark on the fixture.

SUBS

Rebekah Horsey - 6.5

Subbed on in the 75th minute and immediately had a fantastic opportunity to put Canberra back in front with her first touch but blazed over.

Ashlie Crofts - 6.5

Also introduced with 15 minutes remaining, the youngster produced a fantastic piece of chest control to set up a late chance to win it for United but unfortunately blazed her shot horribly wide.

MELBOURNE CITY

Lydia Williams - 7

Rarely troubled and could do nothing about Canberra's goal as Stengel tapped home the rebound into an empty net.

Ellie Carpenter - 7

Returning to her former stomping ground, she copped plenty of stick from the locals and had a fairly average performance by her impressive standards. It was her hunger and desire in stoppage time that put Canberra's under pressure which ultimately won City the game.

Lauren Barnes - 7

Produced one goal-saving block to deny Charley, and got through her work with minimal fuss as always.

Emma Checker - 7

Saw off the challenge of Stengel for the majority of the game and kept the backline marshalled well.

Rebekah Stott - 7

The Kiwi international is back for another season and showed her experience in keeping Canberra at bay for most of the game. She injected herself into midfield at every opportunity however her final ball was sometimes wasteful.

Steph Catley - 7

Started the game in a left wing-back position before being moved further forward after the withdrawal of Mijatovic. Didn't really impact the game too much in either position as her service was not at its usual quality.

Yukari Kinga - 9

The ageless Japanese maestro was back to her best this week as she helped City dominate possession for large periods of this clash. It was her delightful through ball that finally unlocked the Canberra United defence, and she showed all her experience to win the match winning penalty in stoppage time.

Aivi Luik - 7.5

Making her first start of the season, she immediately controlled the midfield and formed an excellent partnership with Kinga, which allowed City to dominate possession as they love to do. 

Milica Mijatovic - 7

The Serbian winger boasts an impressive CV however it is taking her some time to adjust to life in the W-League. Had a decent chance in the 1st half which she dragged across the face of goal, but showed her class and predatory instincts in the 67th minute when she rounded Khamis and slotted the ball into an empty net for the equaliser.

Emily van Egmond - 7.5

Deployed just behind the striker, van Egmond found it tough to get on the ball with the likes of Hughes and Price buzzing around her, but she came up trumps when it mattered as she converted the match-winning penalty with virtually the last kick of the game.

Kyah Simon - 7

Had a great chance to open the scoring early but was denied by Khamis. Led the line well and toiled hard without much reward. Withdrawn at half time.

SUBS

Rhali Dobson - 7

Brought on at half time for Simon, she offered City a bit more pace up front but had few opportunities.

Chelsea Blissett - 6.5

Played the final 20 minutes and did her job well without being spectacular.

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