'We cannot give up' was the message from Leena Khamis after the experienced striker fired Western Sydney Wanderers back into Final Series contention against Melbourne City.
Khamis scored the decider six minutes after coming off the bench to boost the Red and Black's post-season ambitions and net her second goal of the campaign, and first since rejoining the club after spending a season at Canberra United in 2019/20.
During her year away, Dean Heffernan led Western Sydney to their first ever post-season appearance, where they were outclassed by City, 5-1 in the Semi-Final, but hopes of vanquishing that heartache appeared to be hanging by a thread after Wanderers won only one of their first seven games of this campaign.
A 1-0 triumph over Perth Glory last week kept the embers burning and, on Thursday at the Wanderers Centre of Football, Khamis' strike lit the touch paper. Another 1-0 win takes Wanderers within three points of the top four – albeit having played an extra game.
"It feels good, I’m just happy we won and we got the three points. We needed these three points and we got them," Khamis said.
"We know we cannot give up. Football is a funny game. Results are going our way at the moment and you never know what can happen."
"We’ve just got to try and win each game and we might be up there."