Canberra forced to Pickett out of the net

Christina Trajceska

A team that has players with exceptional talent across the entire starting 11, from rookies to respected legends, Brisbane Roar has been a force to be reckoned with, all W-League season, long.

That was proven again, as the Roar face Canberra United, and just like last time these two met, they ran circles around a struggling Canberra United. 

This time the lucky number of goals on the score sheet, was 5, and the first goal came very early on by US star, Carson Pickett. 

Baisden with a long cross which fell into the path, perfectly for Pickett, who followed through with a powerful shot that drove the ball right past Sham Khamis, and into the net. 

The second comes from a cool, calm and collected penalty, scored by Rylee Baisden. And that seemed to have been the only punishment for the time being, in the first half, by the Roar.

Canberra did pressure the Roar as much as they possibly could, with Leena Khamis giving the defence, as well as Brisbane Keeper, Mackenzie Arnold, a bit of a challenge and fight, to maintain a clean sheet. As class as our Matilda’s Keeper can be, Khamis, a legend to the W-league, was not going to make it easy for Arnold.

The second half, though, seemed to be a repeat of the first, with the Roar scoring multiple goals towards the end of the match. 

3 more to their name, with another to Carson Pickett, one for Shea Connors, scoring with the outside of her foot, and last but not least, in the dying minutes of extra time, to seal the deal and put the last nail in the coffin, was from Rylee Baisden.

As hard as Canberra pushed, the last chance to, at least, score 1 goal, flew well over the bar, as 15 seconds of the match were left. The goal extravaganza match ended in 5 – 0, Brisbane Roar collecting all 3 points, breathing down Western Sydney’s backs, as they close in on clutching 4th place to make Finals football.

One more round is left, of home or away games, for some clubs, for this regular season. As for the others who have finished up the last of their games, sit eagerly, for the last of the results to be published…

Just one, and the decision will be made on our top 4.



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