Western United’s star striker Hannah Keane created another piece of history, becoming the first player to win a Golden Boot for the Club.
The No.9 enjoyed a stellar season from start to finish, beginning with her first two goals in Round 2 and her final two goals in the last match of the season in Round 20.
The American emerged as one of the Liberty A-League’s best players this season and Western United fans will be able to enjoy another full season of Keane in the Green and Black.
Relive every goal scored by Keane in her history making 2022/23 Liberty A-League season for Western United.
Round 2 vs Wellington Phoenix – 77’, 82’
After coming close on a couple of occasions in Victory’s Round 1 clash against Melbourne Victory, Keane got herself on the board with two goals in the Round 2 win over Wellington Phoenix.
Just minutes after Sydney Cummings had restored United’s lead in the match, Keane pounced on some indecisive defending to prod home from close range to open her account before doubling it five minutes later.
After some excellent work by Emma Robers, Keane darted into the box and met the ball with a thumping header into the corner of the net to have her season well and truly up and running.
Round 8 vs Perth Glory – 17’
Keane waited another three games to make an impact on the scoresheet and had a big hand in an important win for the Green and Black.
After going behind to an early goal from Perth Glory in Round 8, Keane was Johnny-on-the-spot in front of goal once again to tap home after Cummings’ initial header was tipped onto the crossbar.
Keane was unfortunate not to have a second goal on the day when her goal bound strike in the 86th was diverted into the net by Demi Koulizakis, securing a thrilling 3-2 win for United.
Round 10 vs Sydney FC – 18’, 35’
The turn of the year brought the best out of Keane as she commenced a stunning goal-scoring run with a double in a huge win against Sydney FC on Wednesday 11 January.
Both goals were similar in their construction, the first coming after Adriana Taranto teed her up to fire first time inside the box from Jessica McDonald’s originally parried cross.
Emma Robers put the cross in to start the move for the second goal, leaving Tyla Jay Vlajnic to lay it off for Keane to bury with a toe-poked finish on the stretch.
Round 10 vs Western Sydney Wanderers – 26’
Keane scored for the second time in a matter of days in the split Round 10, leaping highest to nod Kahli Johnson’s pinpoint cross into the bottom corner of the net.
That goal cancelled out Western Sydney’s early opener but was unable to help continue United’s unbeaten run as the Green and Black fell to its first defeat of the season in that match.
Round 11 vs Brisbane Roar – 45’+2
Western United bounced back the following week and Keane got the ball rolling with another opening goal, this one coming on the stroke of half-time.
The No.9 adjusted her feet expertly in the box to get a shot on goal as the ball ricocheted into her path from McDonald’s attempted cross.
Before Hensley Hancuff could react in the Brisbane goal, Keane’s shot had flown into the net via the left-hand post, setting United on its way to a 2-0 victory.
Round 12 vs Canberra United – 28’, 39’
Keane followed that up with her third brace of the season in the next match as United ran out dominant 5-0 winners against Canberra United.
With the Green and Black already 2-0 up on the road, Keane scored the third with a brilliant chip from outside the box after pouncing on Canberra’s defensive giveaway.
She doubled her money 11 minutes later with a brilliant solo effort, streaming away from Canberra’s defence to thread her finish through the goalkeeper’s legs and into the net.
Round 14 vs Melbourne City – 48’
On the back of two straight losses and facing a 1-0 deficit at half-time against Melbourne City, United needed its big players to step up and Keane did just that.
With her trademark pressing intensity, Keane put Sally James under pressure and collected the City goalkeeper’s errant pass, controlling and smashing it back beyond James and into the net in seemingly one movement.
That lifeline was exactly what United needed to turn the game around as Sydney Cummings would go on to score the winner from the penalty spot, completing a double over Melbourne City.
Round 15 vs Newcastle Jets – 78’
With United leading 5-0 on the road against Newcastle Jets, it was seemingly unfathomable that Keane was yet to get her name on the scoresheet.
That changed 12 minutes from time, though, as a piece of quick thinking from Adriana Taranto sent Keane through on goal from a quickly-taken free-kick.
United’s No.9 still had plenty to do and did it with aplomb, slamming the ball into the top corner to complete a club-record 6-0 victory.
Round 20 vs Western Sydney Wanderers – 23’, 55’
Heading into the final match of the season without a goal in three games, Keane needed one goal to draw level with Michelle Heyman at the top of the standings, or two to surpass the Canberra striker.
Keane’s presence in the box led to the first goal as she met Vlajnic’s expertly delivered corner with a deftly flicked header over the goalkeeper and into the net.
The American then took sole ownership of the golden boot just before the hour mark with another brilliant solo effort, running nearly the length of her attacking half before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
That brought Keane’s superb season to the perfect ending, leaving her on 13 goals in 18 matches having scored against each opponent that United played against twice.
Keane will be eager to continue that form as United chases further history in the Finals Series in May, starting with a Semi Final against Sydney FC.