Big match for both Canberra and Perth | TWG Big match for both Canberra and Perth | TWG

This is the big game of the round with both Canberra United and Perth Glory looking to secure a berth in the Westfield W-League Season Three finals.

With both needing to gain a win to ensure their place, its set to be one of the games of the season and it will all be live on ABC TV.

Canberra are coming off a 3-0 loss to Sydney although they were missing three key players and lost another just before half-time. Further, Canberra scored two of the goals for Sydney.

Yet, these players are back in the lineup, such is the importance of this match. The crowd will also come into the game, with close to 1,500 expected to fit into McKellar.

Perth, on the other hand, have been faltering a bit of late. They struggled to defeat Adelaide two weeks ago and then, at home, let Melbourne get back into the game to draw and put themselves practically into the Finals for the first time.

The highlight of this match will no doubt be the centre-midfield clash. Leah Blayney, even at less than full-strength, will be a good match for Matildas stalwart Collette McCallum. Whether Sally Shipard can take advantage could be of significance.

The two defences will also be in for some torrid times. At one end there is the speedy and young Sam Kerr partnering Katie Gill while at the other Michelle Heyman and Caitlin Munoz are two solid performers with plenty of goals between them.

These two sides have a history of close matches with plenty of goals between them.  The last time they met was way back in Week 1 of the Westfield W-League with a strong second half, and a hattrick from Michelle Heyman, seeing Canberra power home 4 – 1.  Since then their results for the season have been very close which sets up a blockbuster encounter.  There is plenty on the line and expect to see goals aplenty.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

McKellar Park, Canberra

Local kick-off: 3.00pm

Referee: Kirralee Gardiner

Assistant referees: Brett Woodford and Luke Withell

Fourth official: Katie Patterson

Live and exclusive on ABC1 from 3.00pm

Canberra United: 1. Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 2. Caitlin COOPER, 4. Michelle HEYMAN, 6. Caitlin MUNOZ, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 10. Emily VAN EGMOND, 11. Cian MACIEJEWSKI, 13. Nicole SYKES, 14. Ashleigh SYKES, 15. Sally SHIPARD, 16. Ellyse PERRY, 17. Leah BLAYNEY, 19. Jennifer BISSET, 20. Jocelyn MARA (gk), 22. Georgia YEOMAN-DAL

In: 16. Ellyse PERRY

Out: 9. Grace GILL, (omitted), 18. Grace FIELD (omitted)

Unavailable: 5. Kahlia HOGG (injured), 8. TSENG Shu-O (injured)

Perth Glory: 1. Tine CEDERKVIST (gk), 2. Stacey LEARMONT, 3. Carys HAWKINS, 4. Samantha KERR, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Alexandra SINGER, 7. Alexandra NILSSON, 8. Tanya OXTOBY (c), 9. Monnique KOFOED, 12. Kate GILL, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO, 14. Collette McCALLUM, 15. Jaymee GIBBONS, 17. Marianna TABAIN,  20. Kathleen WAYCOTT (gk)

In: Nil

Out: Nil

Unavailable: Nil