Western Sydney Wanderers and Canberra United put on a show for the spectators at Spotless Stadium, with controversial goals and family feuds to boot in a 2-2 draw.
Western Sydney Wanderers and Canberra United put on a show for spectators at Spotless Stadium, with controversial goals and family feuds to boot!
Scoring their first goal of the season last round against ladder-toppers Melbourne Victory, the Wander Women faced off against fourth-placed Canberra with some renewed confidence, especially in the second half.
Wanderers saw the return of Georgia Yeoman-Dale, albeit with some extra hardware after her head-splitting clash against Perth Glory last month.
Yeoman-Dale was also welcomed back by relentless 'Player of the Match', Ellie Carpenter.
After almost opening the scoring in the ninth minute, Carpenter managed to keep Yeoman-Dale busy on the right-hand side, sending an assist through to Nielsen for another almost-goal just one minute later, before taking a shot directly at Whyman in the 14th minute.
It wasn’t too long after, that fans saw a heavy clash between sisters Leena and Sham Khamis, with goalkeeper Sham taking out striker Leena and earning herself a yellow card.
Commentators argued the card should have been a red, but referees decided all is fair in love and war between the two sisters.
Canberra opened the goal scoring through Ellie Carpenter, in one of the most controversial goals the W-League has seen in recent times.
Jada Whyman came off her line, injuring her knee and went to ground leaving the goal unguarded.
Carpenter fired into an abandoned net, to the gasps of many onlookers.
Commentators Sarah Walsh and Daniel Garb both echoed the same thoughts,
“Technically, Carpenter could have taken the shot, but was it in the spirit of the game? Maybe not.”
After spending some time with the physio, Leena was cleared to return and got one back on Sham in the 70th minute.
Leena sank her 40th W-League goal into the back of the net, all while celebrating her 100th W-League game, but celebrations were short-lived.
The Wanderers suffered a rough blow in the 86th minute, conceding an own goal on behalf of a misdirected Servet Uzunlar boot, but just two minutes later, super-sub Kylie Ledbrook was able to equalise, heading in a brilliant cross from Yeoman-Dale.
Six minutes of additional time was added on, but when the whistle blew, the score remained level 2-2.
Centurion, Leena Khamis said of the game post-match,
“I’m just happy that we came away with a point, it was a tough game and we both battled it out.”
In relation to the clash with her sister, Sham, Leena said there were no hard feelings.
“Sham came out like any goal keeper would, and I attacked the ball like I usually would, that’s just football, but she might be in trouble from Mum!” she laughed.
As for Carpenter’s controversial “no one home” goal, she explained a goal is a goal and she had no reservations in hitting the back of the net while the keeper was grounded.
You can see the Wanderers take on Brisbane Roar in Round 8 on 20 December 2018 at Dolphin Stadium, while Canberra United will face Melbourne City on 22 December 2018 at AAMI Park.