Melbourne City too good for Sydney in W-League decider

Melbourne City won the W-League in their first ever season, putting in a polished team performance in a 4-1 win against Sydney FC at AAMI Park.

W-League Grand Final - Melbourne v Sydney

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Sydney gave it their all but City's class shone through in the end - and after their almighty scare against Brisbane Roar last weekend City will be glad to have cemented their position as the best team in the competition.

The win completes an unbelievable season for Joe Montemurro's side who, spearheaded by Matildas captain Lisa De Vanna, won every game this season.

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Sydney arguably had the better of the opening stages, with Jasmine Spencer, the hero of last weekend's semi-final win against Canberra United, looking sharp on the left hand side. 

City, perhaps shaking off the after-effects of their energy sapping shootout victory against Brisbane in their semi-final, gradually felt their way into the game and it was the home side who took the lead.

Defender Jennifer Beattie was alive in the box just after the half an hour mark to bundle home a loose ball and give City a precious lead which they took into the interval.

The second goal was all class, with a slightly amusing lead-in.

Jess Fishlock and Kim Little had a game of "scissor paper rock" for the right to take a free kick just after the break - Little won, and wonderfully so, as her free kick sailed into the top corner to give City a valuable buffer.

Kyah Simon pulled one back for Sydney from the spot after Alanna Kennedy was fouled in the area, but City put the game to bed with two counter-attacking goals.

Beattie Goad finished into an empty net after wonderful work from De Vanna, before the City skipper iced the cake of a sensational season and grand final performance.

De Vanna raced clear of the labouring Sydney defence, before dinking the ball over Michelle Betos in the Sydney goal.

It was a high class goal from a truly high class performer.

Melbourne City 4 (Beattie 32', Little 55', Goad 79', De Vanna 90+4')
Sydney FC 1 (Simon PEN 69')

AAMI Park, Melbourne


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Published 31 January 2016 at 4:20pm
By Matthew Connellan