Title aspirants Canberra United will be looking to bounce back from their second defeat of the season when they host luckless Adelaide United in the nation’s capital.
Canberra United v Adelaide United
Sunday 19 October 2014
McKellar Park, Canberra
Local kick-off: 3pm
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Canberra have lost two of their past three outings after a solid start to the season, which included a tough 1-0 win over Adelaide in the City of Churches last month.
Those memories are fresh enough to ensure Canberra have no hint of over-confidence despite the Lady Reds position at the bottom of the standings.
So too many Canberra players will recall a defeat in Adelaide last year – their only loss in 11 matches against the Lady Reds.
Canberra lost 2-0 against unbeaten leaders Perth Glory last weekend, but with numerous chances at either end, the contest was far closer than it may have appeared.
Adelaide United, for their part, visit Canberra on the back of successive 4-0 defeats, no doubt denting the confidence of the young team.
Nevertheless, Adelaide last year were a byword for resilience and it would be a surprised if Canberra had it easy this week.
Danielle Brogan is set to line up for her Adelaide debut this weekend, and the former Sydney FC captain will offer a valuable mix of experience and steel in the heart of the defence.
Canberra United squad: 1. Chantel JONES, 2. Catherine BROWN, 3. Julia DE ANGELIS, 5. Grace FIELD, 6. Caitlin MUNOZ, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 10. Grace MAHER, 11. Michelle HEYMAN, 12. Sally ROJAHN, 13. Nicole BEGG, 14. Ashleigh SYKES, 16. Lori LINDSEY, 17. Holly HOUSTON, 18. Rebecca KITING, 20. Melissa MAIZELS (gk), 22. Stephanie OCHS
Ins: Grace Maher (returns from Australia U-17 duty)
Unavailable: Kendall FLETCHER (overseas), Meg McLAUGHLIN (knee – 5-7 weeks), Grace GILL (ankle – 5-7 weeks)
Adelaide United squad: 1. Melissa Barbieri (gk), 2. Monique Iannella, 3. Danielle Brogan, 4. 6. Dylan Holmes, 7. Katrine Pedersen, 8. Emily Condon, 9. Lisa-Marie Woods, 10. Alexandra Chidiac, 11. Isabel Hodgson, 12.Daila-Tais Borg, 15. Jenna McCormick, 16. Katie Holtham, 17. Tiarn Powell, 20. Sarah Willacy (gk), 23. Kristy Moore (C)
Ins: Danielle Brogan (new signing), Monique Iannella, Dylan Holmes (both promoted
Outs: Lauren Steer, Jessie Wharepouri, Rachel Alonso (all omitted)