W-League 2017/17: Canberra United moves up to fourth

SOLID START: Dubbo's Ash Sykes right) has enjoyed a strong opening to the new W-League season, finding the back of the net and providing assists. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

SOLID START: Dubbo's Ash Sykes right) has enjoyed a strong opening to the new W-League season, finding the back of the net and providing assists. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Canberra United has enjoyed a solid start to the 2016/17 W-League season and Dubbo product Ash Sykes has been in the thick of the action.

The Rae Dower-coached side from the nation’s capital enjoyed its best performance of the season on Saturday, brushing aside Newcastle Jets 5-2.

The round four win moved United up to fourth on the ladder, but Canberra has already had its bye meaning it has played a game less than both the second-placed Sydney FC and the third-placed Brisbane Roar.

"Ash was outstanding again and is a quality player, she showed why she's the reigning Julie Dolan medal winner... - Rae Dower

Reigning W-League Player of the Year Sykes enjoyed her best match against the Roar earlier this month, scoring the only goal of the match to seal a win and earn praise from Dower.

"Ash was outstanding again and is a quality player, she showed why she's the reigning Julie Dolan medal winner, it was a great display,” the coach said.

The striker didn’t get among the goals during Saturday’s big win over the Jets, but was heavily involved.

Sykes provided the assist for fellow attacker Michelle Heyman on 52 minutes to set up a 3-0 lead.

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